Cole and Jessica Wingen have been contemplating a move to a smaller community near Sioux Falls for some time. Cole, a Sioux Falls native, wants to keep the couple’s five-month-old son, Jack, close to his grandparents. But the couple has been seeking a fresh start somewhere a bit smaller as their family grows.
Flandreau and Moody County, they believe, will provide them with that wonderful opportunity.
On January 1st, Cole assumed the role of manager for Skroch Funeral Chapel, the generations-old family business that sold to Pioneer Enterprises.
Wingen, a veteran that served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-2006, started in the funeral service industry in September of 2009 with Pioneer. The company is an employee-owned corporation in South Dakota and Wyoming. Pioneer also owns Eidsness and Rude’s Funeral Homes in Brookings.
Prior to this move to Skroch Funeral Chapel, Wingen was with George Boom and Miller Funeral Homes in Sioux Falls becoming a partner in that firm in 2019.
“I am passionate about the funeral service profession and the work that we do, it’s not just a job to me, it’s a lifestyle that requires a lot of sacrifice. It is important to me that the families I serve know that they can count on me during difficult times,” said Wingen.
Wingen and his wife, Jessica, married in 2020. The two, “are proud supporters of law enforcement and first responders.” He added they also are big supporters of Special Olympics South Dakota.
The family has yet to officially move to Flandreau as the home above the funeral chapel is being remodeled for them, but Wingen is already serving the community. You can reach him or the funeral home itself at www.Skrochfc.com, on social media, or at 605-977-2431. The Chapel and business, despite the sale, will retain the Skroch name.