Richard Ingram

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Richard Ingram
Dec. 1, 1916 - Nov. 24, 2011

Dad was born Dec. 1, 1916, at the family homestead on Patit Road outside of Dayton. He was the third of three children including his brother Johns and sister Libby. Their mother died shortly after Dad's birth and so they were particularly close to their father with memories of flyfishing on the Tucannon, woodcutting on Eckler Mountain, and much time milking cows, taking care of stock and farm chores. With only one parent for supervision Dad and Johns also found plenty of time to think up mischief - and the stories of their antics are legendary.

Shortly after graduating from Dayton High School Dad enlisted in the Army Air Force as a flight cadet. Since he didn't have the prerequisite two years of college he had to quickly self educate to pass the rigorous entrance exam. After extensive training he became a B-17 flight instructor and spent most of the war years training flight crews at various U.S. bases. In the final months of the war he was transferred to Italy and flew several bombing missions before Germany surrendered.

Dad met his future wife, Weewona Flower, in Enterprise, Ore., just a few months before he enlisted. During an unexpected break in flight training he called and persuaded her to get on a train and come to marry him. They were married in Topeka, Kan., on Nov. 29, 1942. Mom spent the war following Dad to wherever he was transferred. When he was briefly stationed at Moses Lake he smuggled her onto a B-17 and they flew to Dayton to buzz the housetops of the town and the farm. Mom died June 19, 1994. They were married for 51 years.

After the war Dad returned to Dayton and spent his life farming with his brother, Johns. In addition to his farming career he had many interests. He kept his pilot's license until well into his 60s and flew in the Dayton flying club. He was a Gideon, a member of Toastmasters, a Port commissioner, a volunteer fireman for District #3. He served on and was president of the board of Columbia County Grain Growers. He loved to sing and was in many quartets and singing groups over the years. He had a strong faith and was involved in church life in Dayton, Walla Walla and wherever his many travels took him.

On July 6, 1996, he married Fran Swanson. For the last 15 years they have traveled and enjoyed each other's company. We are grateful to Fran for the love and care she gave to Dad, especially in his last months and days. She has been a blessing to Dad and to all of us.

Dad is survived by three children, Karen Foglesong of Salem, Ore., Pam Campbell of Worley, Idaho, and Dick Ingram Jr. of Dayton. He is also survived by his second wife, Fran and her five daughters, who also thought of him as Dad.

He went to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day - just eight days short of his 95th birthday. He will be missed by us all.

The memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastors Bob Grimm and Gregory Bye officiating. Interment will follow at the Dayton City Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or donors choice through the Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home, 111 S 2nd, Dayton, WA. xx

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