Norman Keith Ingersoll
December 8, 1941 – December 29, 2019.
Norm passed away December 29, 2019 in his home in McKinleyville. Norm was born December 8, 1941 in Clatskanie, Oregon. He was proceeded in death by his parents Norrie and Disa Ingersoll, and his siblings Doris, George, and Karen. He is survived by his wife Judy of 53 years, his brother Rodney and wife Patty, his son Keith and wife Rebecca, his daughter Katherine and husband Chris. His grandchildren: Colin and wife McKinsey, Nathan, Dylan, Maryah, Joshua and wife Taylese, Wade, William, Mason, Makenzi, Klaire, and Cameron. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Walter, Henry, Huxley, Harloh, and Ayla, as well as in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews.
He was born and raised on a farm by the Columbia River with an adventurous childhood. He excelled in football and lead Clatskanie Football team as Captain to the State Championship his Senior year. He then moved to California with his brother’s family where he attended college and served on the Manteca Police Department. In 1963 he was drafted to the Army where he served as a Military Policeman and Sentry Dog Handler, both at Chatsworth Nike Missile Site and in Soc Trang, Vietnam. He also shot on the All-Army competition pistol team. After serving in the Army he came home and married Judy Ralph in Reseda, Calif., where they had met at Church while in the Army. After marrying Judy, he then entered into a career with the California Highway Patrol. Norm had an exciting career while serving in the CHP, encountering many celebrities such as Bob Hope, Charlton Heston, Jonathan Winters and more. He also was commended by his superiors for great service to the community and saving lives. After retiring from the CHP he started Ingersoll Construction where he built many homes and projects in the community. He employed his son, son-in-law, grandkids, other family members and family friends teaching them the trade.
“Big Pop” as he was known to his family, provided a great life for his kids and grandkids. With a cabin and ski boat at Ruth Lake in the summers, as well as a summer home in Willow Creek with a pool. The kids enjoyed a great life of fun due to his diligence at providing for his family. But most importantly, Norm left a legacy of faith and hard work to his family. He was a lifelong man of faith in Christ, and knew he was headed to be with the Lord when he got the cancer diagnosis. He was a leader in his former Church, and was involved in a home fellowship for many years. He was also involved with a regular Thursday men’s coffee group that meant very much to him.
Norm’s family would like to thank everyone for the love, support, and prayers given through this difficult time. There will be a Celebration of Life service at Arcata First Baptist Church on January 18, 2019 at 3 p.m. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Arcata Christian School, Redwood Teen Challenge, or Mercy’s Haven.
Philippians 4:13, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Psalm 27.
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