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Clayton McKune (Mac) Ingham Obituary
Age 89, of Valparaiso, IN and Winter Park, FL Formerly of Mahtomedi, MN Artist, dentist, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Mac was born in Valier, Montana on July 3, 1922. The midwife, "Dear Mrs. Forbes", delivered him because Doc Tidemann was playing hide-and-seek with Mac's father and big brother Bob around the manure pile. After the family moved back to Minnesota Mac grew up in Willernie, where he delivered papers (including to the notorious Barker family), took part in hockey, football and baseball, and enjoyed Wildwood amusement park. He attended school at Mahtomedi and Blake, received degrees at Carleton College and Marquette University. During his youth, he met his future bride, Jean Cardozo, whose family summered in neighboring Mahtomedi. They married in 1944. During the Korean War, Mac served as a dentist in the Air Force in Tokyo. Jean and Davy joined him there in 1953. They settled back in Mahtomedi, welcomed Mary to the family, and moved to Dellwood in 1961. As a dentist, Mac worked hard to encourage use of mouthguards, especially by high school athletes. After retirement from 30 years of dentistry in Mahtomedi, Mac and Jean enjoyed travelling and spoiling their grandchildren. After Jean passed away in 1992, Mac met an old college girlfriend, Jean Rich, whom he called Buffy. She had also recently lost her husband. After marrying, they made their home in Valparaiso, Indiana. After her passing, he met Katharine Antommaria. She was a Dean at Valparaiso University, and when she spent a year in England for the school, they missed each other so much that he joined her and married her there. He thus acquired many more family members, including several grandchildren, whom he enjoyed very much. They split their time between homes in Valparaiso and Florida. Mac had been a cartoon doodler all his life and he spent many years selling artwork at weekend Minnesota art fairs. The art included cards, oils or painted rocks on barn wood, mostly comic sports scenes that he could personalize with team colors and numbers. Friends in hospital could look forward to daily hand-drawn cards to cheer them. He crafted family Christmas cards for years. An inventive storyteller, Mac wrote up reminiscences about life in Montana, Willernie, hunting and other subjects; these were shared with family and friends, some collected in books with his illustrations. Many Fall weekends were spent hunting with close friends and beloved hunting dogs. He was active in such civic service as Lions Club, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, Methodist Church, Ducks Unlimited and his Watershed District. He also enjoyed boating, camping, golf, and bridge. Mac prized his Scottish heritage, from his great-grandfather Lewis McKune. His red-haired temper flared often, but always quickly gave way to his large, loving heart. His earnest caring, sure sense of humor, fierce loyalty, high intelligence and abiding curiosity made him a welcome companion to all who knew him. Mac was predeceased by his parents, Gretchen and Tom, his brother Jack, and wives Jean and Buffy.He is survived by wife Katharine; his brother Bob (Frances), son Dave (Linda), daughter Mary Platt (John), grandchildren Sarah Abbott (Olinga), Helen Ingham, Jason Platt( Sarah), Chris Platt, Samantha Platt, great-grand-children Piper Platt, Emmanuelle Abbott and Libby Platt. He is also survived by Katharine's family, Ann Pellegrino (Ron) and children Jacob and Sarah, Armand Matheny-Antommaria (Cali) and daughter Kate, Arthur Antommaria and children Lance and William, Andria Swanson (Troy) and children Spencer and Samantha, Amy Antommaria (Eric Parsons) and children Kyle, Courtney and Chloe and Angela Bednarczyk (Gregg) and children Elaina and Rachel. The family requests your prayers lieu of flowers. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Valparaiso Country Club from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Published in Pioneer Press on May 6, 2012
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