Robert “Bob” William Pingleton, 87, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2020, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington, South Carolina.
Bob was born on January 13, 1933 to Henry Lester Pingleton and Mary Ellen (Foltz) Pingleton in Claremore, Oklahoma. At the tender age of three, Bob moved to Coquille, Oregon with his family, and spent his early years there, graduating from Coquille High School with honors and a double letter in sports during his senior year.
After graduation, at the age of 19, Bob joined the United States Air Force. He served in the Korean War as an Airman First Class and was honorably discharged from his military service on May 29, 1955. During his service, he worked as office personnel and repaired equipment and cameras. He was also an avid photographer.
As a young man, Bob was a hard worker, and worked with his father doing house painting, roofing and foundation work. He was a time-keeper and bookkeeper for the Coquille Mill.
After his military duty, Bob moved to Corvallis, Oregon to attend Oregon State University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business with a minor in Forestry. He moved his family to Roseburg, Oregon after completing his BA at OSU and went to work for Roseburg Lumber.
In the early 1970's, Bob moved to Las Vegas where he was employed by a car dealership and he owned a silver mine just outside of Las Vegas. In the late 1970's, Bob was hired by Georgia Pacific to be Plant Superintendent in Prosperity, South Carolina. He sold the mine and moved east to Newberry South Carolina and worked for Georgia Pacific until he retired.
During the 90's, Bob put his love of photography and camera work to good use. He and his wife, Grace, married since 1976, started up a business in downtown Newberry. Northcon Teleproductions was in business through the 90's and into the early 2000's.
Bob loved to travel and was President of Road Runners. He was also a member of the Exchange Club. He loved to hunt deer, ducks and pheasant and to be in the outdoors. He liked to go fishing. Reading, cutting grass with his mower, and taking care of his land were also favorite pastimes.
He attended Silverstreet Lutheran Church.
He never met a person he didn't like and had a true interest in people. He was friendly to everyone and everyone liked him as well.
Bob is survived by his wife, Grace Cromer Epting Pingleton; daughters, Nanci (Dan) Pritchard and Linda (Tony) Lybrand; step-sons, Carrol (Pat) Epting and Melvin Epting; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildrne; a brother, Tom (Darlene) Pingleton and a sister, Mary (Jerry) Aason.
A private graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Newberry Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Harry Crout. Memorials may be made to Silverstreet Lutheran Church, 120 Long Street, Silverstreet, South Carolina 29145.
We will miss him and we are grateful for the time we have had here on this earth with our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.