Longtime Alaskan John C. Ingram died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 73.
There will be a visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Masonic Lodge. Trevor Munger will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cooper Landing Cemetery.
Members of Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 -- Ed Saltz, Troy Hodges, Frank Mize, Russell Burnett, Harry Casson and Jerry Holly -- will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be John Ingram Jr., James Ingram, John Ingram III, Perry Armstrong Jr., Palmer Millikan Jr., Larry Smith, Casey Madden, Jim Brown, Brian Barlow and Ken Lancaster.
Mr. Ingram was born March 14, 1929, in Indianapolis, and in 1949, he acquired a homestead in Cooper Landing. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he returned to Alaska with his wife, Dottie, and their children. In 1966, the family moved to Soldotna, where they owned and operated Soldotna Sales and Service.
Mr. Ingram actively participated and was a leader in several civic organizations, including the Grand Lodge of Alaska, Seward and Kenai Masonic Lodges, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Al Aska Shrine Temple, Royal Order of Jesters, National Sojourners, Red Cross of Constantine, Heroes of '76, Cooper Landing Community and Rifle clubs, Soldotna City Council and state of Alaska Reapportionment Board.
"'Big John' loved his community and debating current issues with his friends over his daily coffee. He always had a friendly greeting and encouraging word," his family said.
Mr. Ingram was preceded in death by his son, Tom, and daughter, Candy, his parents, three sisters and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dottie; son, John Jr.; son-in-law, Eddy; grandchildren, Trevor and his fiancee, Treena, James and his wife, Trenia, and Diana and John III; great-grandson, Jeremy; brothers, Paul and Sam; sister, Beatrice; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to the Al Aska Temple, Travel Fund, 1930 E. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99508.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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