Louis Glen Ingham, age 91, of Waverly, passed gently to live with the Lord on Thursday morning, June 26, 2014, while in respite care at Waverly Health Center. Born in Waverly on Sept. 20, 1922, he was a 1940 graduate of Waverly High School where he met his future wife, Ardath Marion Hostetler. He also attended Wartburg College and was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Waverly.
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He possessed a great love for our country and was proud to serve in the South Pacific theatre during World War II. Honorably discharged in January 1946, he married Ardath that autumn, on Oct. 25. After the war he was first employed by Shield Bantam, then went on to become a building contractor; first in Waverly and later in Broomfield, Colo., and on the western slope of Colorado. In his "retirement," Louis remained very active on the family farm in Waverly.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents, L. Glen and Vera (Diestler) Ingham, brother Wayne Ingham, parents-in-law Joe and Frieda Hostetler, and brother-in-law Dale Hostetler.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Ardath; daughter Marion Epley and husband David, and their children Jonathan (Mary Lou), Sarah (Steve) Miller, Aaron (Emily), Benjamin (Sarah), Rebecca (Gareld) Carpenter, Ethan (Megan) and Elizabeth; daughter Diane Paulsen and husband Edward, and their sons Daniel (Beth), Matthew (Tracy), Andrew (Bianca) and David (Dee); and son David (Robin) Ingham. He is also survived by 28 great-grandchildren and sisters-in-law Dorothy Ingham and Shirley Hostetler.
A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Louis instilled in his family an abiding faith in God and a deep patriotism for our country. Not long after returning from his service in World War II, he wrote, "One of the most important lessons taught to me during my three years of Army life was that of being thankful; to realize with a new meaning how thankful we should be for things you and I are apt to take for granted." He demonstrated that sense of thankfulness every day: in the way he lived his life, in how he raised his children and in his service to his community. His family is, indeed, grateful for many years with a truly special man.
Visitation occured at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly on Sunday, June 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. Services will be held at First Baptist Church in Waverly on Monday, June 30 at 11 a.m., with grandson the Rev. Ben Epley officiating. Private family burial will occur at Harlington Cemetery, with military rites provided by the Waverly Area Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church in Waverly. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home will be assisting the family; call 319-352-1187 for more information.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home
218 2nd St. SE
Waverly, IA 50677
Published in Waverly Democrat from July 1 to July 8, 2014