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February 9, 2006

(3/16/1917 – 2/4/2006)

Reverend James Ingersoll, 88, of Unionville, MO, died February 4, 2006, at Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville, MO.

The son of Milton and Dolly (Scalf) Ingersoll, he was born March 16, 1917, near Lucerne, MO.

On February 15, 1940, at Unionville, MO, he married Gayle McHenry, who survives.

Also surviving him are one daughter, Sarah Johnson and husband, Robert of Milan, GA; three sons, Jim Ingersoll and wife, Laura of Tehachapi, CA, Robert Ingersoll and wife, Diana of Lancaster, MO, and Rick Ingersoll and wife, Kimberly of Godfrey, IL; eight grandchildren, Jason Ingersoll and wife, Jill, Jeana Wolfe and husband, Eric, Kenneth Johnson and wife, Donna, Mandi Johnson, Abby Johnson, Adam Ingersoll and wife, Pam, Bess Ingersoll and Annie Elliott and husband, Jeff; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Jerry Johnson; three sisters, Mary Ingersoll, Beulah Houston and Thelma Bennett; and two brothers, Willard Ingersoll and Don Ingersoll.

Jim grew up in the Midway area of Putnam County, MO. When he was 15, he went to Montana and worked as a fire watcher and was a guide at a dude ranch. Following his marriage, he and Gayle moved to Missoula, MT, where he worked in a sugar beet factory. In 1942, the family moved to Ottumwa, IA, and he was employed in various industrial facilities. He served with the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. In the early 50’s, they returned to Putnam County and he was engaged in farming and carpentry. In 1961, he accepted the call into the ministry in the Southern Baptist denomination. He pastored at several churches in Northern Missouri including Livonia, Hartford, Omaha, Worthington, Lancaster, LaPlata, Unionville, West Liberty, Memphis, Novinger and Mount Tabor. He performed over 900 weddings and numerous funerals over the years. During his 18 years in Lancaster, he also worked part-time as a carpenter and at Norman Funeral Home and Ambulance Service.

Services were held February 7, 2006, at the First Baptist Church of Unionville, MO. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, Bridgeton, MO.

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