Wayne Pfingsten

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Wayne E. Pfingsten, 82, of Belleville, IL, born February 23, 1938, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, December 25, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Pfingsten was an accounting instructor at Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL, for more than 30 years before his retirement, and taught for ten years at Belleville Township High School West.  He helped at his brother-in-law’s tax preparation service during the busy season, and was very proud to obtain his CPA license. An active member of Millstadt community, Wayne served as a trustee and treasurer for the Millstadt Volunteer Fire Department for 42 years, was a former president and trustee of the of the Millstadt Ambulance Service for 20 years, and was a life-long member of the Bluff Grange in Millstadt. He enjoyed golf, loved going to baseball games, and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.  Wayne was a veteran of the U. S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin E. and Helen L., nee Merideth, Pfingsten; and a brother, Dale Pfingsten.

Surviving are his loving wife, Sandra, nee Ganim, Pfingsten;
two sons, Duane E. (Rebecca) Pfingsten, and Ryan E. (Amy Y.) Pfingsten;
three grandchildren, Jodie Pfingsten, Brett Pfingsten, and Lindsay Pfingsten;
and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Millstadt Volunteer Fire Department. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral:  Private funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.



21 Comments on Wayne Pfingsten

Sheri A Herbeck said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2021 at 10:37 AM

Sandy and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and dad. I'll always remember his smile and his laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Richard & Judy Sutter said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2021 at 6:50 AM

So sorry to hear about Wayne. He was very professional in his work & always friendly to all. Sympathy to you Sandy, and your family.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Jim McGowen said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 8:30 AM

I was so sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing and want to express my condolences to Sandy and the rest of his family. Wayne was a wonderful colleague at SWIC, and was a great mentor during my first few years at the college. He will be missed!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Keith Scharf said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2020 at 6:11 PM

Wayne was always kind and humorous anytime he was around My God Bless your family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Vito and Terry Benivegna said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2020 at 1:09 PM

When we moved to Belleville from out of state to teach at SWIC (then BAC,) Wayne and Sandy were wonderfully welcoming to us and to our family, It was a pleasure to be on the faculty with Wayne. He was a true professional and a good guy, I always enjoyed having a cup od coffee with him. Our hearts go out to Sandy and to their family.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Glenn and Marianne Schaefer said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2020 at 10:39 AM

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on your loss. Wayne was a dedicated teacher, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He left a positive impression on many people who knew him. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficult time.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Terry Lynn Schuchman said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2020 at 3:52 AM

Sandy, I remember you and Wayne from when you were working at the Ritz and dating. Seems like only yesterday. You had a long and happy marriage. My sincere condolences to you and your family. All, love, prayers, and blessings. Terry

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Diane Burgin said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2020 at 3:11 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss. He was one of my favorite teachers and have thought about him much over the years. What I learned from him in accounting helped me more than any other classes I took later in my college career. He always stressed that learning the balance sheet and the income statement was the main thing you need to know and if you know that everything will fall into place. He was not wrong. He was an excellent teacher. My sincere condolences.

  • Louisville
  • KY
James & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are offered for you and your family. Wayne was a great friend and fellow golfer.

  • nashville
  • il
Ken Harbaugh said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2020 at 11:55 AM

My sympathies to the Pfingsten family. As a former SWIC student, I attribute much of the success in my professional life to how well Wayne taught. God Bless.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Marilyn Lemmon said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2020 at 11:24 AM

My deepest sympathy to the whole family. Prayers that the Lord comfort you and give you peace. Wayne was a wonderful man, neighbor & teacher. He will be greatly missed by all.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Bob & Joyce Dintelmann said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2020 at 9:07 AM

We extend our sympathies to all the family. Wayne was a fine gentleman. I can even remember a little about him in our FFA days at BTHS but mostly through the years where Wayne always had good words and a helping hand. Joyce & Bob

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lila & Ray Brown said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2020 at 7:47 AM

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Wayne was such a dear man, always with a smile and a kind word. Keeping you all in our prayers.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Mike Foland said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2020 at 5:50 PM

My sincere sorrow to Sandra, Duane, and Ryan for your loss. Wayne was like a father to me. I can not express all that he meant to me as a mentor and friend. Heaven just welcomed one of the best father/accounting instructor.

  • Glen Carbon
  • IL
Gerry Hobbs said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2020 at 11:08 AM

My deepest sympathy of a great SWIC instructor from a former student. May God bless!

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Joe Cipfl said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2020 at 9:22 AM

Wayne was an outstanding gentleman and, as an educator, a superb instructor. At the college, students were always so pleased and so excited when they would be so fortunate to find themselves in Wayne's classroom. Wayne's colleagues viewed him as a talented and knowledgeable partner and I, as president of the college, always admired Wayne commitment and dedication. Wayne was a truly a trusted and valuable anchor within the college and I always knew if Wayne was involved, some very good things were about to happen. My thoughts and prayers are with Wayne's family. God bless!

  • Ofallon
  • IL
Barb Razer said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2020 at 8:55 AM

So sorry for your loss.

  • Columbia,
  • IL
John and Christine Dunlap said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2020 at 7:47 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping your family in our prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Terry Garcia said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2020 at 6:26 PM

Sandy my thoughts are with you and my friend Wayne I will miss you.

  • Katy
  • Texas
Rita Garcia said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2020 at 6:17 PM

Sandy and family you have our deepest sympathy on the loss of Wayne. He was such a nice man. We love you guys. We’re thinking of you.

  • Katy
  • Texas
Charlotte Mehrtens d said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2020 at 5:13 PM

Dear Sandy you and your family have our deepest sympathy. Prayers of peace and comfort for all of you. Don and Charlotte Mehrtens

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois D

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