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Emery J Ingham III

Portland, Oregon

October ?, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
76 Navy Corpsman

 

 

Celebrating The Life Of Emery, Click photo below:

October 24, 2010

Ingham III, Emery J. I 76 10/03/1933 09/20/2010 Emery John Ingham III came into the world Oct. 3, 1933, and passed peacefully Sept. 20, 2010, at home surrounded by loving family. 

Dad was a fourth generation Oregonian, a descendant of Oregon settlers who navigated the Oregon Trail to the Willamette Valley in 1846, and the only son of Dr. Emery C. and Mary Louisa Ingham.

 As a boy, Dad would water his horse, Flash, at the elk fountain in downtown Portland. At 19, Emery first saw his lifelong love, Mary Jo, age 15, walking down Southwest Broadway and decided then and there that she would be his wife. Three weeks later they wed. They raised their family in a classic old East Portland home, where they lived the rest of their lives. 

Dad proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman on the USS Saipan during the Korean conflict. He loved his country and was a true patriot. He flew Old Glory every day. Dad was active in the Democratic Party and ran for state representative. 

He also worked as a salesman, small business owner, and antiques dealer. In 1955 Dad became a Master Mason and this year, a Shriner. During the '60s and '70s he and Mom owned the Psychedelic Supermarket and always had a free peanut butter sandwich for the hungry. 

On Sundays the family would take a huge pot of soup to Lair Hill Park to feed the hungry. There was never much money, but always a lot of love; they gave of themselves freely throughout their lives. 

When Dad was a private pilot, he and Mom loved flying up and down the Pacific Coast. They also traveled extensively through the Southwest deserts each spring, and loved to spend time at the coast. 

When Dad became the steward of the family pioneer cemetery near Eugene, he devoted his remaining years to its care. He brought it from a brier patch to a beautiful spot where family from all over would gather every Memorial Day to clear brush, wash headstones, and remember their kin. The annual fete often included visits to former family homes, now registered historical sites. 

Mom was laid to rest there in July 2002, and Dad missed her every day until his death. As he wished, he was laid to rest by his family the same day he passed, with Masonic rites, and Veterans of Foreign Wars and color guard ceremonies. Dad will be remembered most for being an irrepressible character and for Rosie, his 1967 cherry red Cadillac.

 A walking contradiction, he was a pragmatic mix of liberal and conservative. With a flowing mane of hair he vowed never to cut, colorful Converse high tops, mismatched socks, and sports jackets, he was a sight to behold! He had strong opinions and words of wisdom for any who would listen. 

Dad often said it is family tradition to leave a place or thing better than you found it. By virtue of his enthusiastic, positive, and loving influence on those around him, he leaves this world a better place than when he came into it. Emery John and Mary Jo leave behind their children, Cathy Jones (Lloyd), Rebecca Wilson (James), Emery IV (Amy), Victoria Grandstaff (Neal), India Reynolds, Morgen Lahr (Mike), Dawn Lorenscheit (Eric), and Rachel Sheller (Tim). 

His 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren will dearly miss their loving grandfather. The family has created a Facebook group where you can share memories with the family: Emery J. Ingham III Memories. A memorial service will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, in the Crystal Ballroom. Please join us to celebrate the life of our dear father, grandfather, and friend! Remembrances to Shriners Hospital for Children.

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