In Loving Memory
Rodney C. Ingham
July 26, 1931- June 13, 2013
Rodney C. “Rod” Ingham passed away June 13, 2013 at Park
Manor Rehabilitation Center at the age of 81. Rod was born
July 26, 1931 in Walla Walla, WA to Elmer B. and Laura M.
Ingham of Touchet, WA. He attended Gardena grade school
and graduated from Touchet High School in 1949. Rod went
on to Washington State College where he was a member of
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. In 1952, Rod married Pat Evans
and they began their life of over 60 years together.
He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Upon graduation from WSC, Rod was commissioned
a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and he and Pat travelled
to Fort Benning, Georgia where he completed officer’s
training school. Rod was then posted to Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Upon leaving the service, Rod began a 30 year career with
the Walla Walla Production Credit Association managing
its branches in Walla Walla, Connell and Pasco before
retiring in 1986. In 1967, Rod and Pat returned to
Touchet, joining his father on the family farm.
Rod and Pat have three children; Mike Ingham,
Rhonda Strother, and Mitch Ingham.
Rod was active in many community and civic
organizations including, Walla Walla Chamber of
Commerce, Blue Mt. Lodge #13 F. & A.M., Scottish
Rite, El Katif Shrine, and Walla Walla BPOE No. 287
(lifetime member.) Rod served 9 years on the board
of directors of the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier
Days in various capacities including pari-mutuel
director and board President. He also served on
the 5th Congressional District Academy Selection
committee. Rod and Pat were both Frontier Days
Parade Marshals in 2004.
Rod is survived by his wife Pat; sons, Mike (Sharon),
and Mitch (Annette); and daughter, Rhonda (Monica).
Rod has 6 grandchildren; Brandon, Jonathan, Patrick,
Rachael, Monica and Lucas. He is also survived by
sisters, Donna King and Linda Bryant, and numerous
nieces and nephews. Rod was preceded in death by
his parents, an infant son, Greg, sister, Vivian Kelso
and brother, Jack Ingham.
He will be greatly missed by his family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners
Hospital for Children, National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, Walla Walla Community Hospice or a charity
of the donor’s choice through the Herring-Groseclose
Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA
- Family & friends are invited to sign the online
guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.
At Rod’s request there will be no memorial service.
A celebration of his life will be held on June 29, 2013
from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Rhonda Strother’s residence.