John S. Ingersoll, 93, affectionately known as "Jack," husband of Patricia, passed away March 7, 2022, after a short illness. Son of Florence and Harold Ingersoll, Jack, his sister and 5 brothers were raised in New Castle, Indiana, and spent their childhood summers at the family ranch in Martinsdale, Montana. He attended Knox College in Galesburg II. and proudly was accepted into both Harvard Graduate Business School and the Northwestern Univ. Law School. A Korean war enlistment in the U.S. Army came first, however. First Lieutenant Ingersoll served 14 months of front-line duty as the assistant S3, 2d Battalion, in the 25th Infantry. After Korea, while attending and then graduating from Harvard Business School he met and married Patty. They moved to Lake Forest to raise three sons and pursue an active life. Patty was an active Tennis Umpire, co-owner of a successful Needlepoint Business with her friend and partner Sandy and achieved the rank of Brown Belt in Kodokan Judo, Jack achieved the rank of 1st DAN Black Belt. Jack's business acumen led to employment in the Steel Industry, professional consultancy and then Oil Exploration/Drilling in Oklahoma. Hired in 1967 by Louisiana Gas Service Company as President for a 1-year assignment to aid the troubled company, he helped rally the company for 16 years as C.E.O. with the support of employees and the warm charm of the Greater New Orleans People. Further Jack enjoyed teaching at the Business Graduate level as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago, and, as a Professor at Tulane Univ. Subsequently he founded the Ingersoll Tractor Company in Winneconne Wisconsin and manufactured garden tractors. After retirement, Jack enjoyed spending more time on his ranches in Montana. He also supported and was a major influence for several well-respected Montana artists. A true gentleman, Jack will always be remembered most for his gifts of love, humility, wisdom, and sense of humor. Jack had the ability to make friends easily from all walks of life. His kind nature endeared him to all. He will be greatly missed by so many and is survived by his three sons, John S. Ingersoll, Jr., S. Reid Ingersoll, and Gaylord K. Ingersoll' and his Brother C.S. Ingersoll of Appleton, Wi.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster, Lake Forest. In lieu of flowers, contributions to your favorite animal non-profit appreciated.
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