Alfred A. Lingle, 83, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the Brookings Health System in Brookings.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rude’s Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service beginning at noon on Saturday at Rude’s Funeral Home.
Alfred Lingle, son of Albert and Ruby (Lias) Lingle, was born on July 18, 1929, at Richland.
He graduated from Westfield High School in Westfield, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1956 and was stationed on Guam. In 1961 he met the love of his life, Martha in Rapid City. They were married on Nov. 4, 1961. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Southern California, which was their home until 1994. Alfred worked as a quality control engineer in the aerospace industry, which included working on the Saturn rocket that would propel the Apollo spacecraft to the moon.He was fortunate enough to accompany one of these rockets through the Panama Canal to Cape Kennedy, an experience he never forgot. In 1994 Alfred retired from Northrop Aerospace and he and Martha moved to Brookings, a town they would both grow to love.
Alfred enjoyed golfing and watching golf, horse racing, and reading true crime novels. He enjoyed a good steak and would never say no to ice cream.
He is survived by his three sons, Phil Lingle of Brookings and his fiancée Rhonda Simmons; Jeff Lingle of Decatur, Ill.. and Scott Lingle and his fiancée Yvette Felipe; three grandchildren; a brother, Charles Lingle and sister, Josephine Zacek.
He was preceded in death by his wife Martha (Thompson) and his brothers Ellis and Robert Lingle.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.