Sheldon Vance Kongable
Sheldon Vance Kongable, age 84 of Winfield, died Wednesday March 12, 2014 at the Henry County Health Center. The son of James and Cecile (Bell) Kongable, he was born January 25, 1930 in Winfield. He married Sandra Bauer in 1956 at West Chester. He was a 1948 graduate of the Winfield High School.
He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Morning Sun, where he served as an elder for 20 years, a youth group leader for 10 years, and he served on the Presbytery and Synod and was on the area mission council. He was also a founding member and board member of Camp Wyoming Presbyterian Camp.
Sheldon began flying at the age of 15 and soloed at 16. He began flying again in the 70’s. He earned his private and instrument ratings. He was a member of International Flying Farmers, having served as International President, Treasurer and Secretary. As a member of the State Flying Farmers he served as President three times, as well as Treasurer and Secretary. He had the honor of being named International Man of the Year, Iowa Man of the Year and International Airport Operator of the Year. He was also the recipient of the Associated Pilots of Iowa Flying Family of the Year Award. Being an avid pilot he hosted Fly-in Breakfasts for 35 years at his farm. He served the Old Threshers Airport Transportation for 20 years. During his time as a pilot he landed private aircraft in 46 States and 6 Canadian Provinces. He was a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for 38 years. He was a member of the Antique Airmen Association.
He served as a Henry County Supervisor for 16 years. During that time he was an 8th Judicial District Board Founder, Area Substance Abuse Council Board Member (8 years), Henry County Social Welfare Committee (Chairman 8 years), District Title 20 Advisory Committee, State Title 20 Advisory Committee (7 years), and served on the Iowa area crime commission. He also a member of the Iowa State Association of Counties serving as State President as well as 5th District President.
Sheldon served in the US Army as a Combat Engineer for 2 years during the Korean Conflict. Being stationed in Germany, he was experienced in heavy equipment operation and bridge building. He was honorably discharged and is a Veteran of Foreign War.
Other service related memberships include Henry County Farm Bureau Environmental Resources Committee serving 3 years and Chairman for 1 year; Henry County Extension Council; Henry County Pork Producers; Henry County Beef Producers; Southeast Iowa Homemaker and health aide board 6 years; Winfield Historical Society founding member; Langwood 4-H Camp- founding member and board member. He also led school tours at Old Threshers for 15 years.
He was a Job Training Partnership Act Award Winner as well as being named Iowa Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year.
Sheldon loved to whistle and was an avid gardener raising Iris and Oriental Lilies. He often provided fresh flowers to Pilot Grove Bank in Winfield.
Survivors include his wife of Winfield, one daughter, Stefanie Kongable Skroch (Mark) of Surprise, AZ; one son, Scott Kongable (Jennifer) of Center Point, four grandchildren, Megan, Natalie, Zachary and Nicholas Kongable of Center Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lowell (Sterling) and Keith; one son, Greg Lee and one daughter, Cynthia Annette.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield with the Rev. Dottie Halverson officiating. Interment will follow at the Winfield-Scott Township Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, March 17 from 2-7p.m. at the Honts Funeral Home in Winfield, with the family receiving friends from 5-7p.m. A memorial has been established for the Winfield First Responders.