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William Jr. INGRAM, Jr.

June 13, 1924 - August 12, 2017

Obituary


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Ingram, Jr. at the age of 93 on August 12, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family in his final hours.
Bill was born on June 13, 1924 in Springfield, IL to William and Hazel Ingram. He had two brothers, Robert & Jack, and two sisters, Dorothy & Eileen, who were named "the Hungry Five" by their parents. He grew up during the Depression era. Bill joined the Navy at 17 and was stationed aboard...

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Ingram, Jr. at the age of 93 on August 12, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family in his final hours.
Bill was born on June 13, 1924 in Springfield, IL to William and Hazel Ingram. He had two brothers, Robert & Jack, and two sisters, Dorothy & Eileen, who were named "the Hungry Five" by their parents. He grew up during the Depression era. Bill joined the Navy at 17 and was stationed aboard the USS Houston in Darwin, Australia, in January of 1942. The USS Houston was sunk just two months later during the Battle of Sunda Strait and Bill was captured by the Japanese on the island of Java after spending a couple of days in the water. Bill, along with thousands of other POWs, was used as slave labor to build the Burma-Thailand railway, or the Death Railway as it was better known, for the remaining 3 & 1/2 years of World War 2. He survived the brutal prison camps with little or no food or medicine and contracted tropical diseases such as dysentery and malaria. He returned to the United States and continued his Navy career, serving on several ships and earning the rank of Boatswain's Mate Chief.
It was while serving on the USS Marias in 1955 in the Mediterranean Sea that he met and married the love of his life, Yvette Josette Martinez in Morocco. Bill & Yvette had a son, Scott, in Argentia, Newfoundland in 1958 and a daughter, Chantal, in 1959 in Rhode Island. His family settled in Jacksonville, FL in 1960 and Bill retired from active duty in 1961 after a 20 year Navy career. He continued working as an auto mechanic. He was well known and loved for his generosity, outgoing personality and can do approach to any project. He had many, many friends and attended annual reunions of his shipmates from the USS Houston and USS Marias. In his later years he gave many speeches to veteran and active duty military groups on his experiences as a WW2 POW, and he greatly enjoyed speaking and being the guest of honor at numerous military functions.
Bill was preceded in passing by his parents and siblings, his wife, Yvette, in 1992, and his son, William III, in 2006 and daughter-in-law Vicki in 2009. He is survived by his son, Scott Ingram (Terri), and daughter, Chantal Warner (Ronnie, Sr), grandchildren William IV, Ronald Warner, Jr., Daniel Warner, Stephanie Warner & Hope Yvette Ingram. Also, great grandchildren Will Ingram V & Jason, Eden, Cash, Madison & Layla. He is also survived by his longtime companion, Jeannine Miller, who was a blessing to him and our family. He will be forever loved and missed by everyone who knew him.
There will be a military funeral service at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd., Jacksonville, FL at 11:30am on September 15, 2017 (weather permitting). All who knew him are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the American Cancer Society in Bill's name. We love you, Ace! You may leave words of comfort and sympathy at www.HGRiversideMemorialFuneralHome.com . HARDAGE-GIDDENS, RIVERSIDE MEMORIAL PARK and FUNERAL HOME, 7242 Normandy Boulevard is serving the family.