Delbert Dwayne Ingalls

06/21/1931 - 04/20/2020

Obituary for Delbert Dwayne Ingalls

Visitation for Delbert D. Ingalls, age 88 of Alleman, IA formerly of Perry, IA will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Murdock Funeral Home, Perry. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 am to 10:15 am Monday, April 27, 2020 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 1701 W. Jester Park Dr., Polk City, IA. Due to the current State of Iowa restrictions on social gatherings, the funeral home will assist with family and friends entering the funeral home and church to comply with current regulations. Funeral and the Interment in Violet Hill Cemetery will be private family services. You may see a live stream of the funeral service by going to Monday at 10:30 am. A gathering for family and friends to celebrate the life of Delbert will be announced at a later date.
Delbert passed away Monday, April 20, 2020 at VA Central Health Care in Des Moines.
Delbert Dwayne Ingalls was born June 21, 1931 in Fraser, IA the son of Thomas L. and Genevia E. (Johnson) Ingalls. He graduated from Pilot Mound High School in 1950. Delbert served his country in the Army during the Korean War from November 5, 1951 until his honorable discharge on October 9, 1953. Delbert married Mary Lee Thorn on February 16, 1955. They resided in Perry most of their married life until moving to Alleman in 1991. Delbert worked as a pipeline welder for Northern Natural Gas Company (Enron) until his retirement in 1992.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ingalls of Alleman, IA; one son, Terry Ingalls of Ames, IA; daughters, Cheri (Bruce) Strassburg of Tyler, TX; Lisa (Jim) Hurley of Ames, IA; Melanie (Don) Roberts of Alleman, IA; one sister, Donna Crouse of Dallas Center, IA; nine grandchildren, Randi (Ryan) Ballard, Amanda Strassburg, Jeremy Hurley, Brandon Hurley, Nathan Hurley, Jacob Hurley, Kristyne (Travis) Letze, David (Melinda) Sharp, Isaac Sharp and four great- grandchildren, Caiden Hurley, David A. Sharp, Alayna Sharp and Arianna Letze.
Delbert was preceded in death by his parents; son, Randy Ingalls in 1980; brother, Bill Ingalls and a sister, Marylou Mattiussi.
Memorials will be directed in Delbert’s name to Special Olympics and Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and may be sent to Murdock Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

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Sorry to hear about Delbert passing. I worked at Northern and had great respect for the welder. He seemed like he could do anything and do it right. I had several farm projects for him to fix for me during my time there, and he always said that he didn't know if it could be fixed, but then later on, he would tell me to pick up my project as it was fixed and done right. I can still seem him sitting at his desk in the welding shop doing paper work and playing cards at dinner and break. He was a good person. He will be missed. Deb Boots Contner
- Deb Contner
Our love and prayers go out to the family and friends of Delbert. His life reflected peace and tranquility. Rev. James H. and Lois Ingalls
- Lois Ingalls
I met Delbert the first few days after I started at Northern. I was told to take a pickup with a piece of pipe in the bed of it for Delbert to cut. I pulled up to his welding shop and backed up, for getting the pipe was sticking out and stuck it thru the garage door. Delbert come running out and said another new kid! I didn't mean too, I just forgot. He said you know how many guys have done that? Just about everyone that gets sent down here, but if you can help, no one will ever know. He always had a section of garage door panel that he kept on hand, just for these learning experiences with new guys. This is just between you and me. OK! While we were putting in the panel he said you know I backed into it a couple weeks ago myself, it was the same panel. He cut the pipe for me and we both laughed and I went back to the engine room with the shorter pipe. The mechanic said that took a little longer than usual just to cut the pipe. You didn't back into the door did you? I said yes and told him the story. Everybody has done that once or twice! Delbert went thru several welders helpers that first year i was there and growled at everybody for being slower than he liked, there was several new guys that year. I learned that was just Delbert, as did all the others, Delbert could weld with the best of them and was great to work with. Back in those days we had some pipeline to take care of along with the storage field. Delbert and I were sent to Earlham one day to do a modification on the town border station, when the wind really picked up and it started getting darker. Somebody's trapoline come rolling towards us as we were sitting in the welding truck ,waiting for the storm to clear and it hit the back of the truck and bounced over us. Delbert said we hadn't seen nothing right? Yes sir was my comment and we left. He was very proud of his job and the fact that he worked for Northern Natural Gas for quite a few years and was accident free. It was truly an honor to be his helper for a period of time, always thinking if I was ever a welder, I'd sure like to be as good as he was. It takes a special woman and family to put up with Northern's work schedules.
- Roger Sergent
Sorry to hear about Delbert, I enjoyed working with him at Northern. You are in our prayers
- Rodney Stech
So sorry about Delbert's passing. When I was highchair age he would stay with Mom and Dad. Whenever I saw him in later years he would remind me of that. He helped Dad his uncle with summer farm work. In the last few years we would run into Delbert and Mary Lee at restaurants - Hickory Park, shopping mall in Ft Dodge. We discovered tbey went to St Ave Cafe most Friday and we would purposely go there sometimes to sit and visit. Delbert has the "Johnson crinkley eyes". We will miss him.
- Leona McDeid
Please accept our sympathy on your loss. We are very sorry to learn of this. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Darwin and Evelyn
- Darwin Pedersen

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