Delmar Loren Ingram

By on May 9, 2013

Delmar Loren Ingram, 77, of Harvard, Ill., died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, surrounded by his family. He was born March 19, 1936, in Scales Mound, Ill., to Forrest and Ida (Fiedler) Ingram. He married Donna LaCosse on July 14, 1973, in Elburn.

Loren received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, and did graduate work at the University of Iowa. He taught English at Harvard High School for 21 years, and had also taught in Warren, Ill., and Door County, Wis. He coached two state champion chess teams while at Harvard High School. In later years, he worked for Motorola and was a crop adjuster in the state line area.

Loren was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Harvard, and for many years the resident director of the Harvard Players. He founded and directed the Ingram Players in the Galena, Ill., area. He served on the Harvard Bicentennial Committee and various other committees in Harvard.

Loren shared his love of the classics, and was particularly known for reciting Shakespeare. He loved the Ingram family farm in Apple River, Wis., where he was the designer/builder, and was involved with the breeding of its Guernsey cattle.

Loren was known for his joyful, contagious laugh, and his beautiful tenor voice. In recent years he sang in the Stage Coach Singers gospel quartet.

He experienced life with passion and curiosity and unconditionally loved his family and friends. He was strong in expressing his convictions and held fast to them. Many who have known him have commented about the lasting impact he has had on their lives.

Survivors include his wife, Donna of Harvard; two daughters, Dianna Ingram of Yorkville, and Lynell Ingram of Arlington Heights, Ill.; two brothers, Duane (Mary Jo) Ingram of Rockford, Ill. and Terrence (Nancy) Ingram of Apple River; four nieces and nephews, Lowell Ingram, Brian Ingram, Julie Grinde and Donna Autobee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his sister, Corinne Grinde.

Visitation was held on Friday at Saunders and McFarlin Funeral Home. Visitation was held on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Harvard. Funeral service followed; Rev. Dr. Jeff Borgerson officiated. Interment was private.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 846, Harvard, IL 60033.

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