Community Remembers Ed Pinegar

Ozarks businessman and community leader Ed Pinegar is being remembered by friends and colleagues after his passing Saturday at 74.

“The Pinegar family and the family at Pinegar Chevrolet is saddened by the loss of our founder Ed Pinegar,” read a statement from the family posted to Facebook. “Ed passed peacefully on May 23rd. The entire staff mourns the loss but will continue with the legacy he left to serve our customers by exceeding their expectations and treating each one like family.”

“Ed Pinegar was a great friend. He loved his family, his church and his community,” Senator Roy Blunt said in a statement. “He was incredibly successful in all those things and in his business. As successful as he was, he never forgot where he was from. One of my favorite things was to go to the farm with Ed. I’ll miss those great mornings, but I’m glad I got to spend them with him.”

“Ed and his family have been close personal friends for years,” Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said. “I have deep appreciation for all that Ed has done to help make the Ozarks a great place to live. He leaves behind a positive legacy.”

“Ed Pinegar was a friend and tremendous human being,” Greene County Commissioner Bob Dixon said. “He impacted those he knew and our entire community for good. His death is a big loss for our county.”

“I will miss Ed tremendously,” Missouri State President Clif Smart said. “He always supported the university in everything he did and was encouraging to me in challenging times.”

“Ed not only supported Missouri State financially, but he gave of his time,” said Brent Dunn, executive director of the Missouri State University Foundation. “He was very passionate about the educational mission and he encouraged others to be involved as well.”

“Ed Pinegar was one of Missouri State’s most loyal and generous supporters,” former MSU President Michael Nietzel said. “He was always there when we needed him, as was the entire Pinegar family. He leaves a wonderful legacy and will be missed by so many fans and alumni of MSU.”

“I was deeply saddened to learn today of the passing of my friend Ed Pinegar,” MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Moats said. “No one cared and backed up their support of MSU more than Ed. He loved attending both men’s & women’s basketball and voicing his support passionately. Ed was someone I confided in and trusted greatly.”

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