Jeffrey Pfingsten Obituary, Death – It is with deep regret that we must inform you of the demise of 1st Sgt. (Ret.) Jeffrey Pfingsten. Jeff was a proud member of the 188th Army Band from 1981 until his retirement in 2019, at the age of 60, after having served for a total of 38 years. During his time with the band, he was involved in almost every aspect of its operation.
Over the years, Jeff participated in a wide variety of bands, playing both the bassoon and the trumpet. In addition to the contributions he made to the world of music, he also held the positions of drum major, instructor of marksmanship, and platoon sergeant. He gave his full attention and dedication to his position as the Suicide Intervention Officer. He was a remarkable leader who was especially well-known for his work as a mentor to junior non-commissioned officers.
His attitude to teaching was one of kindness and patience, and it left an impression on everyone he worked with. The time that Jeff spent in the North Dakota Army National Guard with his father, Lee, and brothers, Dan and Todd, was a highlight of his life.
During this challenging time, we ask that you remember Jeff’s wife Peggy, and the rest of the Pfingsten family in your thoughts and prayers. What you see here is that serving people was what 1st Sgt. Pfingsten excelled at doing more than anything else.
Both of these pictures were taken during the time that the 188th Army Band was mobilized for a mission within the United States (thus the absence of nametapes). After working a hard shift, 1st Sgt. Pfingsten made sure that his soldiers were treated to a delicious Thanksgiving meal.