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Carl Pengra, Jr.

Carl Pengra, Jr.

Carl Pengra, Jr.

- January 9, 2019

Carl Pengra, Jr. 66, of Central City, passed away on January 6, 2019 at the Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital.

Carl was born on February 26, 1952 in Ft Sill, Oklahoma while his father was serving in the United States Army. After his enlistment was completed, the family returned to Rapid City where he was raised and graduated high school in 1970. Carl always told people he graduated from Rapid City High School but he was actually in the first graduating class from Stevens High School.

After high school, Carl attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish where he met and later married Dixie Fuerst-Hofer in May of 1971.

Carl tested out several professions including logger, miner, and mechanic, always learning new skills with each job. He eventually settled into retail management, where he worked for over 30 years, first managing the Napa store in Deadwood and Central City, and then the lumber yard/hardware store in Deadwood.   Following the closure of the lumber yard, Carl went to work for the ’76 Museum in Deadwood, which eventually merged with Deadwood History Incorporated as an exhibit facilitator.   This not only utilized his cabinet making skills, but also his theater education.   He always said this was the first job he ever had where he utilized the skills he learned in college. In December of 2017, Carl retired.

Carl loved living in the Black Hills and spent many hours exploring the hills in his beloved jeep & in later years with a 4-wheeler.

Carl was active in the community and as a volunteer. During the 70’s & 80’s the JC’s & the Elks were his passion. He was awarded the Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Man award in 1983. He was president of the JC’s and also earned the “Key Man” award twice.

During his years with the Deadwood Elks Club he loved competing at the State Ritual Competitions each year and won 2nd place in 1990 as All State Chaplin & 2nd place as All State Esquire in 1991 & 3rd place as All State Lecturing Knight in 1992. He was Exalted Ruler in 1995-1996.

Carl became involved with the Days of “76 as a volunteer working on the parade in the 80’s and this became an on- going passion for the rest of his life. He later became a ’76 Committee member and served as chairman in 1995. He loved working with the Stagecoach’s and buggies as well as several other aspects with the parade.   In later years, he drove the “dragon” in the Chinese section of the parade, dressed in a robe that our son brought back from a tour of duty in Asia.   Building the dragon with the late Karen Turbiville is one of Carl’s favorite ’76 memories. As you are watching the parade in these future years – when you see that Dragon come up the street – give a salute to Carl. He was extremely proud to be awarded an honorary Gold Card Lifetime Membership to the PRCA in 2017.  

Carl also was an active volunteer with Neighborworks. Carl & Dixie were awarded the Volunteer of the Year award in 2007. Carl is also a proud owner of a “Golden Paintbrush” from volunteering so many years with Paint the Town.

Carl was preceded in death by his infant daughter Amy and his beloved niece Elissa.

He is survived by his wife Dixie Pengra, parents Carl Sr. and Carol Pengra, his children Zachary Pengra (Chanteal), Leah Pengra McMichael (Jeff), his grandchildren Michael Pengra, Danielle Denke, Dayson Pengra, Evan Pengra, JR McMichael, Nate McMichael, Billy McMichael, and his sister Kathleen Pengra Roth (Jerry)

Several extended family members who meant so much to him in life & too numerous to name!

To all the in-laws, out-laws, nieces & nephews, aunts & uncles – thank you for sharing in our life all these years.

Memorial services will be at 9:30 AM on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead. 

Arrangements are under the care of the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com


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