Dennis Burdette Pingel

March 26, 1942November 1, 2020

Dennis Burdette Pingel, 78, passed away at home in Ankeny, IA the morning of Sunday, November 1, after a brief but courageous fight against cancer.

Dennis was born March 26, 1942 in Cherokee, IA, the first child of Burdette and Lucille (Niebuhr) Pingel. Burdette and Lucille went on to grow their family with the addition of Sandra in 1943 and Warren in 1949.

Dennis attended Hayes K-12 School in Hayes Township, just outside of Storm Lake, IA where he was a member of the basketball team. After graduating from Hayes in 1960, Dennis joined the United States Air Force September 28th, 1960, where he worked as an Air Policeman. Dennis was stationed in Alaska, California, and France. After serving our country Dennis enjoyed a career in sales working, most notably, for Phillip Morris and Sysco Foods. His knack for sales continued into his retirement when he sold American flags on behalf of American Legion Albaugh-McGovern Post #42 in Ankeny. His efforts resulted in Legion #42 being named the number 1 leader of flag sales amongst all United States Legions for 10 consecutive years.

Dennis was a boisterous, outgoing, social person who loved being out and about. During his retirement he kept busy as an active member of the Ankeny United Church of Christ, the American Legion Albaugh-McGovern Post #42 in Ankeny, and Ankeny Lions Club. Dennis was also a member of the Iowa Masonic Lodge, Pioneer Lodge, No. 22 A.F. & A.M. He received his pilots license in his late 20’s and flew whenever he could. He loved golfing, cheering for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, playing Gin Rummy with his brother Warren and endless games of 500 Rummy with his daughter Elizabeth. Dennis loved spending time with his friends and family and if he said he was going to do something, he did it.

Dennis is preceeded in death by his parents, Burdette and Lucille Pingel. He is survived by a large family who loved him dearly: wife Nancy of Ankeny, IA; daughter Elizabeth of Gloucestershire, England; daughters Christine and Kathy of Ankeny, IA; daughter Stephanie of Waukee, IA; daughter Yvette of Omaha, NE; son Jeff of Sioux City, IA; son Brock (Erika) of Forest Hill, MD; sister Sandra (Bill) Rolles of Valley, NE; brother Warren (Christine) of Rogers, AR; and five nieces and nephews. Additionally, one of Dennis's greatest joys in life was being a grandpa to his nine grandchildren, of whom he was so proud: Austin, Ethan, Mia, Mason, Julian, Brandon, Brooke, Annika, and Isabel.

Dennis's sense of humor, generosity, and positive outlook on life made him truly unique. He will be forever missed, but never forgotten.


  • Albaugh-McGovern Legion Post #42
  • Ankeny United Church of Christ


  • Private Family Gathering

    Friday, November 13, 2020


  • Military Graveside Rites

    Friday, November 13, 2020


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Ober Anderson

November 13, 2020

Behind the sometimes “tough demeanor “ was a caring, loving and generous man who will be missed by all who knew him.

Anni Mahr

November 12, 2020

I only met Dennis a few times through my friend Elisabeth ( his lovely daughter) Extremely nice and kind man,enjoyed playing Yahtzee with him! Rest In Peace Dennis,a pleasure to have met you! Anni

Jeff Devos

November 12, 2020

Dennis was a kind, loving, and generous man. He played a big part in my younger life. I was always proud to call him dad. I have and will always miss you.

Ray Staples

November 12, 2020

I first met Dennis in 1958 when his family moved to the Hayes School District. He was one year older and in the same grade as my brother Roy. As the obit said, he played basketball, but he also played baseball. We were on the same teams. After he graduated the family moved to Omaha and I lost track of him for several years. I knew he joined the Air Force and in 1964 I joined the Army. Whenever we did meet again, we always had something to talk about, our time in The Service. I can remember times when he worked for Phillip Morse and I was a smoker, he would give us free samples to try. He was 'friends' with my wife on Facebook and I kept up with news through that venue. I send condolences to Nancy and the family. He will be missed.


November 10, 2020

Many work and golf stories with this great guy. My golf partner for over 15 yrs. So many great times on golf course and of course his sense of humor with his golf game kept me in stitches all the time. Not a day has past when not thinking of him and especially when I was out golfing last week. Miss you a bunch my friend.


November 9, 2020

Our prayers are with the family. I was always impressed with his
dedication and work efforts to our
Ankeny Legion Post 42.

Scott Spragg

November 8, 2020

On every occasion I had to work with Dennis at our American legion post 42, enjoyed working with Dennis. He was a blessing to be around.

Louis Piatt

November 7, 2020

Although I have known Dennis for a short period of time I was impressed with his dedication to Post 42, and all the duties he
performed. I will miss seeing him at meetings.
Barb and I extend our sympathy to his family.

Tami Enos

November 7, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed talking with Dennis when he came to our preschool to do eye testing. Also, Always a wave and a smile from him when he was mowing the church lawn. He will be dearly missed.


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