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Kenneth Ingall

August 19, 1930

Obituary

"Kenneth" as named by his late parents Sena (Lyons) and Jacob Ingall, was their third child. Kenneth was born on August 19, 1930 on the Buck hollow Road family farm (near Beaver, Ohio.) He passed away at 4:02 am, Tuesday January 3, 2012 at Kobacker Hospice, Columbus where he had been taken just seven days earlier after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer that had also spread to his liver. He passed quickly after having driven from Dublin to Grove City to have Christmas dinner, prepared by his sister Irene, and with brother, Hubert, who had driven up from "the farm!" Kenneth's greatest joy, as a teen, was playing High School Basketball for Beaver High. His team won the Pike County championship in 1947! When returning from practice or a game, he would bicycle back to the farm, go to the cellar, grab a jar of home canned peaches and down the contents! As for fun, the highlight was probably the trip to Cincinnati to watch the Reds play baseball. He liked to remember that trip in his model T "Mike" given to him by his hero, his paternal grandfather John Frederick Ingall. His high school buddies Beanie, Chuck, Dick, and Rat went with him and they paid a young lad 50 cents to watch "ole Mike" while they watched the game. Kenneth served his country during the Korean conflict and was stationed in Germany with frequent weekend trips to Paris. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army Air Force after 4 years on April 8, 1955 at the age of 24. He married the love of his life, Frieda LePage, on August 27, 1959. Ruby and Hubert were sitting at their kitchen table talking, when in walked Kenneth and Frieda, saying "we just got married." Wow, surprise, surprise! She died of Alzheimer's 39 years later. How very lonely Kenneth was for the next 14 years. Frieda had one daughter, Bonnie, from a previous marriage. Bonnie birthed 3 daughters, whom Kenneth dearly loved. He is survived by the three daughters, Michelle Lou, Renee Lee, and Sheri Lynn. Kenneth's work career began in retail, then to banking, then to personal finance, then to automobile dealership finance and insurance programs where the most years were spent and finally following retirement, to servicing food machines in Delaware manufacturing plants. He last worked for Break Time Services. Everywhere Kenneth went, shopped, or worked, he was absolutely loved. Whether the bank or the grocery, the people with whom he made contact were glowing in their appreciation for his sincerity, affability, genuine concern for others, his lightheartedness. He made people laugh and enjoy their time with him. He made all he met feel better about themselves. On his 80th birthday for example, several at the plant made a two foot by four foot banner using their different photos of Kenneth. "Happy 80th Birthday Ken!" It was displayed at his viewing on Friday January 6, 2012 at the Cox Funeral Home. He was proud of that and had his nephew Craig frame it for him. It hung in his home ever since. This obituary would be incomplete without words from his siblings, here are a few. From his sister, Irene, Kenneth and I played together all the time while growing up on the farm. Kenneth was very mischievous and constantly chasing me. No doubt we fought too. From his younger brother Walter, Kenny was my mentor. He taught me many things about life. Many coming from what he had learned from Grandpa including the importance of a firm handshake. Many good times and long phone conversations were shared. He will be in my thoughts and remembered forever. From his older brother, Hubert, Kenneth and I were real, genuine, trusting friends. For many, many years, one would phone the other immediately after 7:00pm to just talk. I will surely miss you my dear brother KRI. One last item that comes from Kenneth's written musings, the piece is undated but begins with "Since entering the finance field roughly seven and a half years ago..." he wrote three legal size pages, but here are words lifted from page one which were all telling. "A few of the most important personal characteristics are personality, honesty, community participation, religion, and intelligence." Viewing was open to all on Friday, January 6, 2012 and per Kenneth's specific instructions, in the afternoon and evening at the Cox Funeral Home in Beaver, Ohio. The funeral service was on Saturday at Hammond Church off Ohio 32 at the junction with old Ohio 220. He was buried in Cambridge, Ohio where his wife Frieda was buried in 1998. Contributions in memory of Kenneth may be made to the cancer society phone 1-800-227-2345 or by mail to PO Box 22538 Oklahoma City, Ok, 73123, or via the internet at www.cancer.org, or to a charity of your choice.
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