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Ibsen, Peter C.

Peter C. Ibsen, Sr.,95 years old, of Morristown, New Jersey, died February 11, 2023, with his family by his side. He was a Korean War veteran, loving family man, business owner, and longtime athlete.

Peter was born in Denver, Colorado, to Peter Emil and Dorothy Backes Ibsen, and raised in Livingston, New Jersey, and enjoyed a life well-lived, filled with an abundance of friends and loving family. He loved to golf, ski, play handball and racquetball. Prior to moving to Morristown, he was a longtime resident of West Caldwell, New Jersey. He was a member of Essex Fells Country Club for 68 years and enjoyed playing golf into his 90's with both family and friends.

Peter graduated from West Orange High School, Class of 1946, and was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Many from his high school class would remember him as Speedy Petie from his time as co-captain on the West Orange H.S. football team as well as his participation as a long-term member of their reunion committee. Peter enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 serving during the Korean War and was stationed at Kessler Air Force Base as an electronics instructor and training and operations counselor. He would forever describe his time serving in the Air Force as one of his most enjoyable and proud moments of his life. Peter was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal and upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1955, he joined his father in business at Peter Ibsen, Inc. located in Montclair and Cedar Grove, NJ, retiring in 2000. Peter had also been a long-time member and supporter of the Montclair YMCA for over 70 years, serving on their Board of Directors, playing handball and then racquetball on a weekly basis until age 90. Peter was predeceased by the love of his life, Barbara Briggs in 2016. Surviving is his son Peter Ibsen, Jr. who's care many know he devoted his life to, his daughter Tracey Ibsen-Lasser (& husband Stuart), grandson Christopher Mrugalski (& wife Maribeth), great-grandchildren Hunter, Kinley and Ryker, step-children Robert Palmer, Rochelle Duda (& husband Michael), Richard Palmer (& wife Lynne), step grandchildren Tim Duda (& wife Jenny), Dan Duda, Kimberly Lawler (& husband Michael), Jeffrey Palmer, along with step-great-grandchildren Emmy and Charlie Duda, Austin and Aubrey Lawler. Also surviving is Peter Briggs (& wife Dawn) and their children Anderson and Brady Briggs, along with cousins and numerous friends. He lived his life personified by honesty, integrity, duty and love and his impact on so many will be felt forever. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Research Hospital or the Montclair YMCA would be deeply appreciated. Relatives and friends are invited for visitation on Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 10:30 am through 11:30 am in the Shook-Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068, A Funeral Ceremony will be offered at 11:30 am in the funeral home with interment to follow at Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover, NJ.

Ignatz, William G.

MSG William G. Ignatz, US Army, retired, passed away 12 October 2008 following a five year battle with cancer. Bill served with 8240th AU during the Korean War. Prior to his assignment with 8240th AU, he had served with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Pathfinders, participating in the combat jump at Sukchon, Korea on 20 October 1950. After his tour was up with the 8240th AU, he returned to the 187th ARCT and was reassigned to the Pathfinder Platoon. Bill served with the 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa and Vietnam. His awards and decorations include: Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award), Korean Honor Medal for his service with the 8240th AU, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Army Commendation Medal for Valor, Master Parachutist Badge with 1 battle star, and the Pathfinder Badge (cloth). After his retirement he became an Instructor Pilot in fixed wing aircraft and later was hired by the Alabama State Forestry Commission as the first full time district pilot with the primary mission of fire detection. He was Commander of Chapter 2211, Military Order of the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife Jean; daughters Karen, Cynthia and Tina; Sons, William and Dennis; five grandchildren and two great grand children. And of course his two beloved canines, Maggie and Mugsley.

Inch, R. Jack

R. Jack Inch, 88, of Cedarbrook Senior Community in Northville, Michigan, died of coronavirus on April 19, 2020 at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia, Michigan.  He was born May 8, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan, son of Harry and Kathryn Dickess Inch.  He joined the Army, was trained at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and then was stationed in Baumholder, Germany during the Korean War.  He was a social studies teacher for Detroit Public Schools for 14 years, then taught economics at Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge campus for 42 years.  He coached track and cross country for Harrison High School (now closed) in the 1970s and was cross country coach for OCC.  He was also a track and field official for Michigan High School Athletic Association.  He served on the Farmington School Board for 28 years.  He retired from OCC in 2010.  He married Sandra L. Ryan on June 28, 1958 in Detroit, and they were married for 62 years.  The couple had children Terry, Amy, Chris and Patrick, as well as seven grandchildren.  He enjoyed reading, trains, collecting Great Lakes shipping memorabilia, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Ingram, Walter James "Babe"

Walter James "Babe" Ingram, 84, died Monday, November 17, 2014, at Tupelo Health and Rehab in Tupelo. A native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, he was the son of Frank and Viola Howard Ingram. He united with Pontotoc Second Baptist Church at an early age and served as musician. He moved to Beloit, WI, in his early adult and united with Emmanuel Baptist Church where he served as musician for fifty years. After moving back to Pontotoc, he united with East Baptist Church where he was in the male chorus. Babe loved playing the piano and shared his talent everywhere he went. He worked for Fairbank Morris in Beloit for forty years. He is survived by his adopted children; one brother; one sister; a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and six brothers - Halbert, Frank, Eleas, Richard, William and George. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Burial in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Irino, Akimi

Akimi (May 28, 1929-March 19, 2023) was born in Salinas, California, to Tetsujiso and Katora Irino and grew up in Chualar, California. He was nisei—a second-generation Japanese American. At age 12, he and his family were incarcerated to Poston, Arizona, during World War II. After they relocated to Monterey in 1946, he graduated from Monterey High School.

From March 1951 to December 1952, he served on the front lines in Korea for the United States Army, earning a Bronze Star. After returning to the United States, he married Nellie Yamanishi in 1953. He attended and graduated from San Jose State University in 1958 with an accounting degree.

He enjoyed going to the beach and loved surf fishing for perch. His greatest catch was a fifty-pound salmon. In 1977, he started a family farm where they grew kiwi fruit and persimmons. Friends and family always loved reuniting at the annual harvests for great food, fellowship and hard work picking and packing fruit.

Akimi is survived by Nellie wife (married 70 years); their children Mike, Lorraine, and Jayne (husband Mitch); and grandchildren Adam (wife Elizabeth), Ian, Andrew, Cole, and Evan; sister Setsuko Yamanishi; numbers nieces and nephews.

A memorial was held Saturday, April 15, at 1:00 pm, at El Estero Presbyterian Church on 490 Camino El Estero, Monterey, California 93940.

Isaacson, Leonard

My name is Gregg Isaacson.  I'm sad to inform you that my father, Leonard Isaacson, passed away on Friday the 11th of May 2007.  He served in the Korean War and was a man very proud of serving his country.  The honor guard came to the cemetery and their presence meant a lot to my entire family, especially my dad.  Please pass this information on for me.  Thank you and all who served this great country, past and present.

Isaak, Alvin William

Alvin William Isaak passed away at home in New Baden, Illinois on November 12, 2022. He was born in Beckemeyer, Illinois on June 18, 1929, son of Frank and Josephine (Kuhl) Isaak. He recently celebrated 57 years of marriage with the love of his life, Patricia (Lampey) Isaak on October 23.

Alvin Isaak was a devoted husband, kind and loving dad and papa, father-in-law, brother, uncle, and friend to all. He is survived by his wife Patricia Isaak and their children--Kimberly Isaak of New Baden, Illinois, and Susan Lolis and husband, Tom Lolis of Coral Springs, Florida; and granddaughters Zoe and Georgia Lolis; brother Kenneth Isaak in Breese, Illinois.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings-Helen Wuebbles and husband Jim Wuebbles and Regina (Jean) Hustedde and husband Louis Hustedde.

Alvin was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Illinois National Guard and the U.S. Army as a PFC in Company K, 44th Division. He was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal. After being discharged, he worked as a truck driver for Budig Western Trucking Company and YRC Freight during his career. Alvin was a teamster at the local 600 and retired almost thirty years ago.

He loved nature and was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed deer and turkey hunting along with bass fishing and won numerous championships in regional fishing clubs including Mr. Bass. A loyal baseball fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, he always rooted for the team every season win or lose. He was an active member of the St. George Parish, and a former President and long-time member of the Lion's Club. He was also a member of the Illinois Audubon Society.

Alvin was a gentle, kind, and generous soul; a devoted family man, a man of integrity, and a man of his word. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh and tell jokes. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be held at Nordike Funeral Home in New Baden on Tuesday, November 22 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A Mass at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden will follow at 11 a.m. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Isenberg, Blair Nevin Jr.

Blair Nevin Isenberg Jr. passed away on January 11, 2021 in Williamsport, due to Covid infection. This was also the day of his 90th birthday. He was born in Port Royal, on January 11, 1931 to Blair Nevin Sr. and Ruth Isenberg. He was the youngest and was preceded in death by seven siblings. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Tommie Jean (Williams). During the Korean War, he served in the Navy for two years where he was trained in radar technology. Soon after his discharge from the Navy, he was hired by IBM. He worked in field and sales support for over 30 years. During his work for IBM, he installed some of the first grocery/retail scanners. He was a man steadfast in his faith and service to the Lord. He was an elder at South Williamsport Church of Christ for many years. He was a devoted family man, passing his faith to his children. He was a Christian mentor to many throughout his life. Those who knew him will agree that he had a great sense of humor and was someone who loved a good deal. He loved any type of sports, especially baseball. He was always very proud of being from the hometown of The Little League World Series. He is survived by his four sons, Michael N. Isenberg (Margaret) of Grapevine, Texas, Blair Kevin Isenberg (Beverly) of Troy, Ill., David B Isenberg (Nancy) of Garland, Texas, and Stephen A. Isenberg (Lisa) of South Williamsport; and one daughter, Cynthia Isenberg-Beeler (Brent) of Wildwood, Mo. He was also loved by 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A private funeral will be held in Trezvant, Tenn., as he will be laid to rest beside the love of his life. A celebration of life is being planned for the summer of 2021 in Williamsport. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Christian Academy of Greater St. Louis, 11050 Warson Road, Overland, MO 63114 or Camp Manatawny, 33 Camp Road, Douglassville, PA 19518.

Isselhardt, Robert Lee

Robert Lee Isselhardt, 92, of Waterloo, Illinois, passed away on Friday, January 13th, 2023 at his home. He was born on August 28th, 1930 in Belleville, Illinois.

He served valiantly in the United States Navy during the Korean War. When he left the Armed Service, he became a Journeyman Welder. He was a member of the American Legion in Waterloo. In his spare time he was an avid gardener growing many great flowers and vegetables.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Pearl (Dill) Isselhardt, sisters, Dorothy Hill, Shirley Cebulske and Betty Karban, and brothers, Kenneth Isselhardt and Russell Isselhardt. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Annilene (Schaeperkoetter) Isselhardt of Waterloo; daughters, Lynn (William, Jr.) Talbott of Corona, California and Susan (Raymond II) Bieri of Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois; grandchildren, Sean (Maggie) Talbott, Amy (John) Prichard and Raymond (Taryn) Bieri III. He is further survived by great-grandchildren, Thomas Talbott and Finn Talbott, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois. Funeral will be at 11:00 am on Monday, January 23rd, 2023 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois, with an additional visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will follow in Valhalla Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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