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Edward O. Ingersoll
June 14, 1918 ~ November 9, 2018 (age 100)

LOWVILLE – Edward O. Ingersoll, 100, formerly of Martinsburg and the Brookside Senior Living Community, passed away on Friday morning, November 9, 2018, at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

Edward was born on June 14, 1918, in Martinsburg, New York, to the late Otis and Anna Belle Thayer Ingersoll.  He attended country schools and Lowville Academy.  On October 29, 1939, he married Theresa “Tess” Paluck at the Turin United Methodist Church.  Ed served in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II and fought and survived the invasion of Iwo Jima.

After returning home, he worked with his father building rotary snow-blowers.  He built the first Martinsburg Fire Department truck.  A welder on the St. Lawrence Seaway, he, also, worked for the Remington Arms Company in Ilion, New York.  In 1955, he and Tess opened and operated the Ingersoll Farm Supply in Martinsburg.  Next, before he retired, Edward worked as a superintendent for Carpenter Rigging of Syracuse, New York.

Then, Ed repaired and made furniture in his home woodshop.  Especially proud of the instrumental work he had done in building the Martinsburg playground for the town’s children, he worked on many other local projects as well.  In addition, as the system project coordinator for the Martinsburg Waterworks, he worked tirelessly in securing the dialysis unit at the Lewis County General Hospital.  He enjoyed playing music, having card and Manhattan parties, and just talking to people.

A member of the Martinsburg United Methodist Church, the Martinsburg Fire Department, a lifetime member of the 4th Marine Division Association, the Marine Corps League Detachment #754, the Lewis County Memorial Post #6912 VFW, the Lowville American Legion Post #162, and the Lowville Elks Lodge #1605 as well as several other local organizations, he more than gave back to his community.  A true Renaissance man, he lived a long, interesting, and charitable life, leaving a remarkable legacy for his family and those whose lives he touched in so many ways.

Surviving are a son, Richard (Helen) Ingersoll; a daughter-in-law, Sally Ingersoll; four grandchildren:  Renee Powlin, Christina Ingersoll, Bryan Ingersoll, and Jean Ingersoll-Gough; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Robert (Cindy), George, Victor (Corrine), and Harvey (Mary); along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He is predeceased by Tess, his wife of seventy-six years; a son, James; and two brothers, Walter and Donald.

There will be no calling hours for Ed.  A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the Martinsburg Cemetery.  Ed, generously, donated his body as an anatomical gift to the SUNY Upstate Medical University for research so that he can continue to help others.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Martinsburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 7, Martinsburg, New York 13404; the Martinsburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 143, Martinsburg, New York 13404; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are with the Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.


Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2018.

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