Rufus Monroe Ingle, 93, passed away at Cardinal Health on Dec. 31, 2012.
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He was born Sept. 25, 1919 in McAdenville, the son of George and Virginia Ingle.
Mr. Ingle enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1937 and proudly served during World War II in the European Theatrt. He met and married Margaret Howell while he was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. He was honorably discharged from active service in 1946 as a captain.
Mr. Ingle worked in the textile industry in the Carolinas. He worked for American & Efird Inc., but the majority of his career was at Butte Knitting Mills, a division of Jonathan Logan Inc. in Spartanburg, S.C.. He retired in 1981 as a vice president of knitting. After his retirement from Butte Knitting, he worked part-time at J. J. Digh Machine Co., in Dallas.
Mr. Ingle had a genuine interest in political issues and current affairs. He read the local newspapers enthusiastically. He enjoyed discussing his observations. He wrote letters to senators and congressmen requesting their support of those legislative issues he favored. He was an avid golfer. In 1993, at age 74, he made a remarkable 203-yard hole in one with a 3-iron at Cowan's Ford Country Club.
In 2008, Mr. Ingle was one of the World War II veterans selected by the Lincolnton Rotary to participate in an Honor Air Trip to Washington, D.C., to view the World War II memorial and other historical sites. His trip was a notable experience.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Mabel, Lee, Marvin, Frances and Billie; his wives, Margaret Howell Ingle (mother of his children) and Evelyn Dobbins Ingle.
He is survived by his sister, Lucy Ingle Neely; his children, Sharon Morton, Karen Farmer (David), Daryl Ingle (Judi Kiser), Patricia Greene (Bill), Steve Ingle (Denice), Bruce Ingle (Darlene), Beverly Ingle and Stephanie Youngblood (Mike); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and other loving family members.
A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Jan. 3, 2013, at Woodlawn Chapel at the Woodlawn Funeral Home, 375 Woodlawn Ave., Mount Holly.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and at other times at the home of Bill and Trish at 208 Cavin Ave., Mount Holly, NC 28120.
The interment will be at Belmont Abbey Cemetery after the service.
Memorials may be made to the Holy Angels, 6600 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, NC 28012.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Jan. 2, 2013