Richard G. (Dick) Ingraham
Saturday, November 5, 2011 |
Richard G. (Dick) Ingraham was born in Springfield, Ohio to DeForest and Katherine Deitz Ingerham on December 20, 1925 and passed onto the next life on Oct. 25, 2011 in Sugar Land, Texas.
Dick grew up and attended school in Athens, Ohio. He graduated high school at age 16 then went straight onto Ohio University. However, he enlisted in the Army as soon as he was old enough for World War II. He attended OCS school and qualified to drive DUCK landing craft, and was just ready to ship out to the Pacific front when VJ day occurred.
Dick returned to Ohio University, majored in Industrial Engineering, and there he met Barbara Jones, whom he married in 1949. Dick remained in the Army reserves and the newly married couple moved to Albany, New York, where he started work for Albany Felt Company. He was then called back to active duty during the Korean conflict and stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. Barbara accompanied him and both fell in love with Europe.
After the Korean War, they returned to Albany and he to Albany Felt Company, and they had daughters Susan and Sally. In 1959, Dick accepted the position of Plant Manager for the plant in Cowansville, Quebec and they were off to Canada. Then in 1962 they moved to the Netherlands where Dick built a new plant and became General Manager of Albany Nordiska Felt. The family lived in Holland for 5 years, traveled extensively throughout Europe, and bonded tightly. In 1967, they returned to Albany where Dick held various positions with the company that was now Albany International, including Assistant to the President, President of the Plastic Products Division, and VP of Strategic Planning.
After retiring in 1984, Dick and Barbara relocated to The Hills of Lakeway where he spent over 20 years doing consulting and volunteer work, and living a wonderful life of retirement, travel and socializing. In 2006 they moved to Sugar Land to be closer to their children and grandchildren as health issues developed. Unfortunately, Dick took a bad fall in April of this year and broke his neck, and even after undergoing a spinal fusion, was basically incapacitated and had to be in a skilled nursing home away from his wife. He passed away Oct. 25.
Dick is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara, his sister Janet and brother-in-law Bob Jensen in Indiana, daughter Susan Ingraham Ashley and her husband Morris, daughter Sally Ashley and her husband Tim, and grandchildren Jennifer Ashley Shaw and Tom Ashley.
A memorial service will be held at the Lakeway Church in Lakeway, Texas on Nov. 19 at 3 p.m.