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Harry  G. Ingram
  • The family requests that memorial contributions be made to:
  • State of the Heart Hospice
    Coldwater, OH 45828
  • The family requests that memorial contributions be made to:
  • The Otterbein St. Marys Benevolent Fund
    11230 St. Rt. 364
    St. Marys, OH 45885

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“Harry was a fine man. Ray and I will miss him greatly. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: JoAnne Meckstroth - Soldotna, AK

“Harry was a great man. Jim and I really enjoyed him. I know he will be missed.Eileen ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: A friend

“I offer my sincerest condolences to the family of Harry Ingram. I worked with Harry on the Dayton Fire Department. My last memory of Harry was as he...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Glenn Alexander - Miamisburg, OH

“To All Of Harry's Family Members, We are lucky enough to say, we have known Harry, for many many years. Harry was one of the nicest guys anyone...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Mark & Terri Doenes - Wapakoneta, OH


Harry Ingram's life exemplified the official Marine-corps motto "Once a Marine, always a Marine." While serving from 1941 – 1945, Harry was engaged in heavy combat during the WWII Guadal Canal Campaign in the Pacific. When asked to point to a major highlight of his life, without hesitation, he said, "serving my country as a Marine." Harry honored his country, displayed courage and integrity as a way of life and his commitment to family was sincere and tangible.

Family memories were often made during one-on-one intimate talks with him. He was slow to give his own opinions and seldom gave advice. He just listened well, and gave his undivided attention in the moment. Proving that he listened well, he always had many questions. Echoing forever in our memories is his straight forward and caring way of saying 'I love you'; with a hug and kiss to his daughters, and a strong handshake to his sons-in-law.

He was an avid reader of history and military events, loved football, and enjoyed fishing in Lake Loramie, where he lived after retirement from the Dayton Fire Department. After marrying Dorothy Howe Berning (deceased) in 1983, he inherited a family of Ohio State and Cleveland Brown fans and fished for salmon and halibut with family in Alaska. The Berning family gained a great dad and Harry felt blessed with his expanded family.

Harry G. Ingram, born to Richard and Corda (Rust) Ingram on May 17, 1920, died on February 1, 2015 due to natural causes at the Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices in St. Marys. He was 94. His four siblings, Russell and Bernice Harris, Les and Maude Howe, Robert and Ruth Ingram and Richard and Mary Ingram preceded him in death, except for his sister-in-law Mary.

Harry was dad and stepdad to ten children, 27 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and nine great, great grandchildren, including his daughter Sandra Fitzhugh of Dayton and stepsons Joe and Mike Wogoman. His stepchildren from Dorothy's family; Lois (Berning) Dicke of New Bremen, Gerald and Norma (Berning) Lunney of Marysville, Ohio, Ronald and Marlene (Berning) Hittepole of New Bremen, Ray and JoAnne (Berning) Meckstroth of Soldotna, Alaska, Kermit and Barbara (Berning) Freewalt of Minster, and Stan Berning of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jim and Carol Berning and Don Dicke preceded him in death.

A memorial service to celebrate Harry's life will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Meyer Room of the Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices of St. Marys, with the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the time of the services at the Otterbein. Inurnment will be held at the family's convenience in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Memorial contributions can be made to State of the Heart Hospice, or the Otterbein Benevolent Fund.

The family is thankful for the healthy and vibrant life that Harry lived. They thank State of the Heart Hospice from Coldwater and the Otterbein staff for their exceptional care and support.

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