Robert Fremont Ingersoll, 91, passed away Aug. 23, 2020, at Brookdale Senior Living, Great Bend. He was born on March 28, 1929, at Claflin, to Edward and Martha (Piel) Ingersoll. He married Eileen Rauth, on Aug. 4, 1951 at St. Petersburg, Fla. She survives.
Bob was the owner of Ingersoll’s Auto Trim and Upholstery. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge, American Legion Argonne Post #180, ROMEOs, a former Boy Scout troop #117 leader, and an Argonne Rebel supporter. He enjoyed camping and boating with his family and friends. He had a giving heart and this was shown by giving back to his community in many ways, one of which was him volunteering at Central Care Cancer Center. Bob served in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict and received a Quilt of Valor for his service. He served as Commander of American Legion Argonne Post #180 from 1989 to 1990.
Survivors include, his wife Eileen Ingersoll, of the home; a son, Steve Ingersoll and wife Lori of Topeka; two daughters, Cindy Rodie and husband Bruce of Hoisington, and Karen Boles and husband Greg of Wichita; six grandchildren, Adam Ingersoll and wife Eva, Douglas Ingersoll, Nolan Ingersoll and wife Erin, Ryan Rodie, Kaitlyn (Rodie) Pearson and husband Jacob, and Austin Boles; and one great grandchild due in December. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Damon Ingersoll; and two sisters, Margaret Butler, and Mary Patterson.
Visitation will be held from noon to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 at Bryant Funeral Home, with family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend, with Pastor Morita Truman presiding. Please enter through the preschool entrance on the North side. The family encourages those attending to wear masks and social distance. Interment will be in the Claflin Cemetery, Claflin, at 4 p.m., with Military Rites conducted by the United States Air Force. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or American Legion Post #180, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 26, 2020