William (Bill) Raymond Ingersoll, 93
William (Bill) Raymond Ingersoll, 93, formerly of Plymouth, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, (September 13, 2016) at Southridge Nursing Home in Marshalltown, Iowa.
A Funeral Service will be held Monday, (September 19, 2016) at 11:00 A.M. at Bethel United Methodist Church, 503 East South Street, Manly, with Reverend Don Preston officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Plymouth following the lunch. Military honors will be conducted by the Mason City Veterans.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Sunday, (September 18, 2016) at Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 Spring Street, Manly.
In Lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests memorial contributions to be given to their charity of choice.
Bill was born April 16th, 1923, on a farm 2 miles north of Rock Falls, IA to Frank and Emma (Krueger) Ingersoll. He was the fourth youngest of 12 children and attended school in Rock Falls. In January 1942, Bill enlisted in the Navy and was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, and then he served as a Pharmacist’s Mate. He was assigned to the 32nd Construction Battalion working in the Aleutian Islands and Alaska during the winter of 1942-43. Bill was reassigned in 1944 to the USS Telfair, an attack transport, which carried the 77th Division to the Okinawa campaign. The Telfair was hit by a suicide plane leaving twelve crew members injured and one soldier killed. His medical group was temporarily assigned to an LST (Landing Ship Tank) for the invasion of Okinawa. In late 1945, Bill was reassigned to a destroyer escort but was badly burned in a boat explosion before reaching the ship. After recovering he had earned enough points to be discharged, as a Pharmacists Mate First Class, and returned home December 22nd, 1945. Bill was grateful to participate in the Iowa Honor Flights to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2009.
Bill was united in marriage to Verdene A. Wilkins on December 1st, 1946, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. They made their first home in Hanford, IA. Then to the family farm near Rock Falls, IA for a brief period before purchasing a farm north of Plymouth, IA. While near Plymouth, Bill farmed and also worked for many years at the Lehigh Portland Cement Company in Mason City, IA. Bill and Verdene raised five children on their farm before her death in 1977. Bill was a member of the Plymouth Lions Club and a member of the Plymouth Bible Church.
On May 11, 1980, Bill married Bernice L. Middlen at the Plymouth Bible Church. They lived near Plymouth before retiring in 1987 to Old Town, FL where Bill designed and built their brick home. While living in Florida, Bill was an active member of the Forest Hills Community Center and neighborhood handyman. He also belonged to the Old Town United Methodist Church and for a number of years sang in the Choir. In December 2008, Bill and Bernice moved to Grinnell, IA to be closer to their children where they remained until Bernice’s death in 2015. Bill moved to Marshalltown in 2015.
Bill is survived by his daughter Sandra (David) Jacobson, of Le Grand, IA.; sons: Bill Jr. (Michelle), of East Moline, IL., Curtis (Ruth), of Randolph, WI., Stephen, of Plymouth, IA., and daughter, Jodene (Bob) Damman, of Huxley, IA., step-son, Kenneth (Sharon) Middlen, of Sioux Falls, SD., and step-daughter, Carol Trumbull, of Sioux City, IA. Six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and sixteen step-great-grandchildren. One brother-in-law, four sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wives, his parents, all his siblings, one grandson, step-daughter and step son-in-law.
Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 Spring Street, Manly, Iowa. (641)-454-2242. ColonialChapels.com