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Dale E. Ingram

d. May 15, 2023

Dale Ingram, age 85, of Athens, Illinois passed away on Monday, May 15, 2023 at his residence.

He was born February 4, 1938, in Springfield, IL, the son of Thurman and Kittie (Stone) Ingram, Sr.

He married Rosalie Davis on December 9, 1972 at Harvel, Illinois.

Mourning his passing are his wife, Rosalie; children, Kirt (Dee) Ingram, Brad (Laurie) Ingram, Sarah (Steve) Pearce, Amy (Eric) Chernowsky, Clint (Shauna) Ingram, Natalie (Deena) Ingram, Jamie (Kiefer) Willis; grandchildren, Greg Ingram, Scott Ingram, Mark Ingram, Ivy Havrilka, Ashley Cantrall, Betsy Burris, Wil Pearce, Cori Pearce, Martin Pearce, Cody Chernowsky, Blake Chernowsky, Catherine Chernowsky, Isabel Ingram, Charlotte Ingram, Henry Ingram, Samuel Ingram, Andrea Willis, Avah Willis, and Abram Willis; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Beatrice Michalik; several nieces and nephews; and all his beloved animals.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Beulah Wilson, Mary Croft, and Donna Moss; brothers, Charles Ingram, Robert Ingram, and Thurman Ingram, Jr.

He graduated from Athens High School in 1956, and he later earned an Associate’s Degree in Psychology from Lincoln Land Community College.  Dale threw shot put for Lincoln Land while attending.

Dale served for the 183rd Fighter Wing as a Chief Master Sergeant in the Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron for 38 years.

Dale was community minded where he coached many little league baseball and softball teams.  He designed the baseball, softball, and football fields at the old Athens Park, the current Athens Community Park, and the Athens School Sports Complex. Dale also served for the Athens School Board from 1991 until 2019.

Dale was a life-long Athens resident where he grew up on the farm across from Casey’s.  He later owned and operated his farm where he grew crops and raised cattle and hogs.  Dale started a soil testing business nearly 43 years ago and is still in business today.

Dale was a member of the West Side Christian Church in Springfield.

He enjoyed working and was an animal lover.  He would only drive John Deere tractors and Ford vehicles.  He was an avid sports fan of his grandkids’ athletics.

Visitation for Dale will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 5:00 until 7:00PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home.  An additional visitation will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 9:00 AM until time of funeral services at 10:00 AM at West Side Christian Church in Springfield.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at




  1. We are so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts for the Ingram family 😇🙏💕

  2. Please accept our sincere condolences on Dale’s passing. We will always remember his service to his community.

  3. So sorry for your loss! Prayers to comfort family at this difficult time!

  4. My prayers are with you and your family guys. He’ll be missed 🙏

  5. We are all very sorry to hear about the loss of Dale, he will be greatly missed. Praying and thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  6. So sorry for your loss. What an important man in your lives. He will be truly missed. God bless your family.

  7. Dad!

    You always told me to never be late for first formation. I’m guessing the Chain of Command in heaven called, and that’s why you left us so suddenly. Im sure you showed up in the right uniform and the right time. Love and miss you!

  8. Our heartfelt condolences to Rosalie and her family on the passing of Dale. The Lord has called his servant home. We send prayers for peace and strength in all your times of need. As for myself (Denise), I met Dale and Rosalie this spring when I interviewed for a position as a soil sampler. Dale was so warm and personable and caring. I could tell immediately how proud he was of his business and his wife and family. Because we had a lot of rain in Litchfield and south, Dale kept calling to tell me he hadn’t forgotten about getting me trained. Once I started training with Bob, Dale called to ask how I was doing and to tell Bob he was sending me a hat! When I informed Bob of Dale’s passing, Bob remarked that Dale had just called him last week to thank him for his twelve years of service. In summary, Dale’s care, kindness, and commitment were obvious to everyone from the first time you had the good fortune to meet him! He even remembered my daughter Vala who had just started training recently and said he would send her a hat, and he did. I know he taught people the right way to do things from the beginning as Eric had internalized and shared since he took over my training next. Vala and I are proud to work at ISTC and carry on Dale’s standard of care and dedication. God Bless Rosalie and the Ingram family, both blood relatives and ISTC family, for indeed Dale treated us all as family and will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, Dale. The world is a better place because of you!

  9. I’ll forever remember those long days with Dave F, riding ATVs and filling little bags with dirt. Oh yeah, and that time someone shot at us because they thought we were joyriding in their field.

    God speed

  10. My condolences to Rosalie and her family. Dale and Rosalie gave me my first “real job” and I will forever cherish those memories. We worked hard, Clint would steal all the meat fields, and we had a little fun along the way My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  11. So sorry for your loss, Rosalie. Tom loved working for you. He would always talk about his day and tell me funny conversations with Dale and how much he liked working with everyone. I’m sure there are a lot of good and funny memories that you have. I hope they will help sustain you now and in the future.

  12. Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to Rosalie and all the Ingram family. They broke the mold when Dale was born. I know he is enjoying his Hot Dogs in Heaven! We could go years without seeing each other and pick up right where we left off when we would see each other. He will be greatly missed and Heaven will totally be busy keeping up with him! RIP Dale!!

  13. Ingram Family – We were so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. Keeping your family in our prayers during this difficult time.

    Doug & Therese Schmidgall

  14. To you Rosalie and all the kids, I am so sorry for your loss…..will be keeping you all in my prayers.

  15. To Rosalie and all the extended family-We are so sorry for your loss of Dale. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Charles Nance, Kim and Mike Moore, and Steve and Kelley Bandy


  17. To the entire Ingram family, please accept our condolences. Kirt and Brad, your dad raised two great guys in the two of you. I have respect for your dad and have good memories of him.

  18. So sorry for your loss. May his memories be always on your mind and forever in your hearts!!

  19. Thoughts and prayers to family, Dale was a good man in every way, valued and appreciated knowing him, he may have left, but he will never be forgotten..

  20. We are so sorry for the loss DALE. He was a good man and will be missed dearly

  21. Brad, Kurt, Rosalie, and family—

    My deepest condolences for the loss of your dad.

    He was a good guy and a good baseball coach (Colt League, ’75 and ’76).

    He did a lot for the community and the school, and always seemed to make time for family.

    Have comfort knowing he is with his brothers again, waiting for the days when you will all meet him

    again in Heaven.

    God bless you all.

    Bob and Patty Engel
    Jacksonville, Florida

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