Dr. William F. "Doc" Ingwersen
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William F. "Doc" Ingwersen passed away February, 24, 2013 surrounded by loved ones at his family home just 12 days shy of his 90th birthday. Doc was born March 08, 1923 in Colorado to Alice Elizabeth Albin and Ernest August Ingwersen. The family moved to South Gate, CA shortly thereafter. Bill graduated from South Gate High School, received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and graduated from the USC School of Dentistry in December 1945. Everyone knew Doc as a die hard Trojan fan who enjoyed tailgating at the football games with season tickets on the 50 yard line for many years. He joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1942 and served in Yokohama, Japan. His last assignment was as commanding officer of the Naval Reserve Dental Training Center on Terminal Island in Long Beach. In 1981, Capt. Ingwersen retired after 40 years of honorable service. Doc married Darlene Williams in July 1946; they remained sweethearts for 66 happy years. Doc practiced dentistry in South Gate and Downey, retiring on his 80th birthday. Known as "Dr. I" or "Dr. Bill" at the office, he was beloved for his kindness and professionalism. Doc was active in many organizations including Boy Scouts, DeMolay, American Legion, Kiwanis, Masons, YMCA, and 20-30 Club. But, his greatest passion was restoring and touring in his Model A Fords. Doc was a member of the Model A Ford Club of America for 44 years and a Charter member of both Diamond Tread and Queen Mary Chapters. Doc served on the National Board of Directors from 1994-1997 and was also a member of the Model A Restorer's Club. Luckily for Doc, Darlene is a good sport and excellent co-pilot. In their 1931 Coupe, Victoria and Fire Engine, they toured most of the lower 49 states, Baja California, Alaska, Canada, and the Arctic Circle. In 1982, they went on a 4 month tour Around the World in their 1931 Victoria visiting 24 countries on the adventure of a lifetime. This journey was one of Doc's most cherished accomplishments primarily because he made friendships that would last the rest of his life. Doc leaves behind his devoted and loving wife, Darlene, and three children, Bill Ingwersen, Jr., Joanne Ingwersen Linn, and Carolyn Ingwersen Folkerts. He was blessed to have four grandchildren, Nicole Ivanac, Kevin Folkerts, Amanda Ingwersen and Laura Graham and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Martha Jane Johnson and stepmother Louella Ingwersen. Our father, our mentor, our teacher, our idol, our hero, Darlene's best friend, and by far the most kind and generous man we've ever known. Enjoy the journey, Doc .... we'll see you again further on down the road! Celebration of life at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier March 09 1pm SkyRose Chapel; visitation March 08, 5-8pm. Access his memorial webpage at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be offered in Doc's name to MAFFI, Model A Ford Foundation PO Box 95151 Nonantum, MA 02495 TRIBE of TAHQUITZ Long Beach Area Council, Boy Scouts of America P.O. Box 7338, Long Beach, CA 90807-0338Please sign the guestbook
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Mar. 9, 2013