Sheriff Ken Pingrey
Sheriff Ken Pingrey

May 25, 2018

Carroll County Sheriff Ken Pingrey, who’s served in law enforcement 28 years and has two sons who have attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, will be featured speaker in the Memorial Day program at Carroll Cemetery Monday morning.

The day’s activities will begin with a 10:30 a.m. parade from Southside Park, which will travel on First Street east to the cemetery.

The parade has traditionally included the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, Sheriff’s Department, Carroll Police Department, Carroll Fire Department, Carroll County Ambulance Service, National Guard, Carroll Community and Kuemper Catholic school bands, Scouts and RPM Car Club.

In the cemetery program, Pingrey will speak about the sacrifices made by American troops throughout the nation’s history. Memorial Day honors all who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military.

Pingrey, 51, is a fifth-generation Coon Rapids resident. He served in the Audubon County Sheriff’s Department from 1990 to 2000, and then joined the Carroll County department. In Carroll County he served as a deputy sheriff, sergeant and then chief deputy before he was named interim sheriff when Doug Bass resigned as sheriff in 2016. Pingrey won election to a four-year term in November 2016.

The Sheriff’s Department has nine members on the force, including Pingrey. The department also is in charge of Carroll County Jail and the Carroll City/County Communications Center, which total 12 employees.

Pingrey and his wife, Julie, an agent at Coon Rapids Insurance Agency, have two sons — Will and Levi. Will, a 2013 Coon Rapids-Bayard High School graduate, last spring graduated from the Military Academy, majoring in foreign languages. He’s now a second lieutenant, serving with a tank division at Fort Stewart in Savannah, Georgia. Levi graduated from Coon Rapids-Bayard in 2014 and attended Simpson College in Indianola a year before moving on to the Military Academy. He’s on course to graduate next May and is majoring in civil engineering.

Pingrey will drive the Sheriff’s Department’s Polaris Ranger SUV in the parade and will be accompanied by Navy Seabee veteran Don Bernholtz of Carroll.

The program at the cemetery also will include:

— Kuemper Catholic Schools fifth-grader Nicholas Brower-Houlihan will read his entry that earned first place in the Carroll American Legion flag essay contest. Nicholas is a son of Mindy Brower and Bryan Houlihan, both of Carroll.

— Carroll Mayor Eric Jensen will give a welcome address.

— Names of nearly 600 veterans represented in the American Legion’s Avenue of Flags at the cemetery will be recited.

— Boy Scouts will raise the American flag at the start of the ceremony.

— There will be a 21-gun salute by the Legion honor guard. Earlier in the day, the honor guard will participate in Lidderdale’s Memorial Day ceremonies — at the Catholic cemetery at 8:30 a.m. and the Lutheran cemetery at 9 a.m.

— Taps will be played following the 21-gun salute.

Following the ceremony, there will be an open-house lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Club Rooms, 1124 Heires Ave. The menu features sloppy joes, beans, chips and cookies for a freewill offering. The meal is compliments of Hy-Vee Food Store.