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Donald Leroy Ingle

July 18, 1932 ~ March 25, 2020 (age 87)


Donald Leroy Ingle, 87, residing in Lakeville, Indiana passed away on March 25, 2020 at home surrounded by his family.  He was born on July 18, 1932 in South Bend, Indiana to Donald Dorsey Ingle and Nima Lucille (Warden) Ingle and has resided in the South Bend and Lakeville areas since 1969. 

He married the girl he knew since they were toddlers, Florence Abney.  They were married on November 16, 1957 and were married for 62 years.   They have seven children, Christina (Terry) Milliken, Steven Ingle, Karen (Allen) Hooker, David (Kimberly) Ingle, Nancy (Bob) Paulk, Susan Sarber and Donald (Jana) Ingle; twenty-six grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Don graduated in 1952 from Washington Clay High School, South Bend. He served in the United States Navy from 1952-1957 as an aviation electrician.  He retired from IBFW Local 153 as a journeyman electrician and from AM General as an electrical maintenance engineer, where he earned certificates in Statistical Process Control for LTV Missiles, Electronic Robotic, and Programmable Controller.  Don was a member of American Legion Post #363-Lakeville. 

Don and Florence spent winters in Texas and Arizona.  They met many people that remained friends after they quit traveling.  They were known for throwing the best remembered parties.  Don was loving and understanding with great humor, even in his last hours.  He truly was a dedicated family man.  He enjoyed camping, playing cards and coaching Little League.  He taught the fundamentals of electricity for 4-H and was a Boy Scout Leader.  Don helped take the handicapped on outings.  Don was knowledgeable of world events.  He loved God. Don be missed by many who knew him. 

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Jack Ingle, Thomas Ingle, Ed Ingle, William Ingle, Joyce Jackson; Uncle Joseph Yoder; and half-sister, Nima Lucille.  Don is survived by his brother Ronald (Betty) Ingle and sister-in-law, Helen Ingle.

Thank you to all the caring girls from Hospice, you were a tremendous help.

There will be a Celebration of Life service with military honors at a later date.   Palmer Funeral Home – River Park is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be shared with the Ingle family at

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Celebration of Life to be held at a later date

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