Fred Pfeifle earned 7 major battle stars
Funeral services for Fred Pfeifle, 94, of Selby, were held Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church in Selby.
Burial was on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Fred passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at Southridge Healthcare in Sioux Falls.
Fred was born on June 29, 2013, on a farm northwest of Herreid to Gottlieb and Karolina (Kogele) Pfeifle. During the late 1930s, Fred lived with Otto and Albina Hoff northeast of Eureka until he was 18 years old. Fred served in the U.S. Army and took part in campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, and Anzio, Italy, landing in southern France and up the Rhine River. Fred served in the 3rd Infantry Division and earned seven major battle stars.
Fred married Alice Wacker on June 29, 1947, at Herreid Congregational Church. They made their home in Sturgis for a short time and in 1948 moved to Mound City where Fred worked for the Campbell County Highway Department. They moved to Selby in 1956 where he worked as an equipment operator and electrician for Cam-Wal Electric, retiring on July 1, 1981.
Fred was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, American Legion, was a lifetime VFW member, charter Lion Club member and on the Selby Opera House Restoration Committee. This spring he received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, which is one of the highest awards in the Lions organization.
Fred enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Fred is survived by two sons, James Pfeifle of Maricopa, Ariz., and Michael Pfeifle of Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren, Emily (Patrick) Fischer of Sioux City, Iowa, Matthew Pfeifle of Chandler, Ariz., Sarah Pfeifle of St. Paul, Minn., Jameson Pfeifle of Keystone, Samuel Pfeifle of Sioux Falls, Gina Pfeifle of Sioux Falls, Georgia Pfeifle of Sioux Falls and Gloria Pfeifle of Sioux Falls; two sisters, Lillian (Pfeifle) Heisler of St. Lucia, Fla., and Irene (Pfeifle) Oster of Spearfish.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice; five brothers, Gottlieb, Jake, Albert, Walter and Herb Geigle; and two sisters, Alvina (Pfeifle) Aman and Elsie (Pfeifle) Rundlett.