Carl E. Eugene Pingree left us on July 4, 2014. He was 90.
Please share with us a celebration of his life on Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Veterans Hall. 541 5th Street, Lincoln, CA.
Carl was born on June 3, 1924 to F. Eugene and Helen (Hampton) Pingree at Forrest Springs, Nevada County, Calif. and was the fourth of ten children. He spent his entire youth in Grass Valley and was very proud of his Cornish “Cousin Jack” heritage.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. Carl arrived in New Guinea for the Papua and New Guinea campaigns then transferred to the Philippines, fighting the Japanese for the Liberation of the Islands. In 1946, Carl received a bronze star for meritorious achievement.
After the war, he returned to Pacific Telephone to complete a 40 year career. His duties spanned from converting entire towns from old magneto crank phones to modern dial phones. And later, he installed and maintained complex phone systems. Carl retired in 1982.
All along Carl was a Cattleman. He began tending to the family cows as a boy in Grass Valley and eventually owned and operated 100 plus cow-calf pair operation in Lincoln, Calif. During the summers he moved his cows to Weber Lake, and it was there he spent his happiest times.
He is survived by his five children, Ray, Pat, Jyll, Jack and Terri, nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; four siblings, Betty Powers, Catherine Ferche, Dorothy Reisinger and Fred Pingree. He will be joining his best friends and Pards; Bill Dolan, Jim (Sonny) Martin and Ray Sowden.
In lieu of flowers please bring and share your favorite stories, poems and tidbits.