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Donald G. Ingalls

Donald G. Ingalls
Donald Ingalls

Donald G. Ingalls, 68, of New Albin, IA, passed away from a broken heart on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at his home one year after losing his wife to cancer. He’s now happy and the grief is gone because he’s in Heaven with his wife Sharon, who died October 22, 2018. Memorial services for both Don and Sharon will be held Friday, October 25th, 2019, at 1:00 PM at St. John’s Wheatland United Church of Christ in rural New Albin with Pastor Paul Burgess officiating. Inurnment will be at Wheatland Cemetery. Friends may greet the family one hour before services Friday at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Donald George Ingalls was born February 9, 1951, in Jackson, Ohio, the son of George and Helen Rita (Timmons) Ingalls. He was baptized on April 8, 1951, at Holy Trinity Church in Jackson. His father died when Don was a young child and his family then moved to Northeast Iowa. Don worked for a while for John Deere in Waterloo, IA, before graduating with an associate’s degree in police science from Hawkeye Community College in May 1986. For 22 years, he worked in law enforcement including as the police chief in New Albin, IA. He also worked security at the Genoa, WI, nuclear power plant.

On April 8, 1988, Don married the love of his life Sharon Kay Smith Block in Sumner, IA. The couple loved to go camping, boating, and fishing with their beloved dogs Bailey and Harper. He also liked hunting, woodworking, and working in the yard.
Don is survived by his four children: Angie Fernau of Lisbon, IA, Brenda Ingalls of Charles City, IA, Cindy (Dan) Reinke of New Albin, and Josh (Brianna) Ingalls of Seattle, WA; his stepchildren: Randy (Linda) Block of Fredericka, IA, Dan (Vicky) Block of Sumner, IA, and Tina (Mark) Hageman of Fort Atkinson, IA; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings: Bob (Margaret) Ingalls of Ohio, Linda (Jim) Martindale of Charles City, IA, Rita (Rick) Bond of Nashua, IA, John Fitzpatrick of Colorado, and Tami Fitzpatrick of Florida; and a stepbrother Terence Fitzpatrick of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sharon; granddaughter Kristie Usher; and stepfather John Fitzpatrick.

Honorary casketbearers are Don and Sharon’s grandchildren.

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