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Billy Morris Ingram

July 16, 1923 — June 28, 2018

Funeral service for Billy Ingram will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Assembly of God Church in Winner, SD with Pastor George Kraft officiating; interment to follow at Colome Cemetery, Colome, SD. Mason Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements. Billy Morris Ingram age 94, former resident of Rapid City, SD, Colome, SD, and Wills Point, TX, passed away in his sleep on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at his son’s home in Gillette, WY. Billy was born on July 16, 1923 in Hamlin, TX to Florence (Peel) and Edd Ingram. He was the second oldest of five children. He attended school until the third grade and upon turning 11 years old; he told his mother he was leaving to find work and he was going to support himself. He travelled around riding the rails for a year, working odd jobs; learning to cook. He returned home after his mother remarried and his step-father and he worked together grinding corn and driving truck, a car hauler. The family all worked together running a laundry service. Billy would also go collect used prescription glass bottles from upper-class homes and clean up the bottles and sell back to the pharmacies for a penny a bottle. Growing up during the depression one had to become very resourceful; and that he did. Billy got his first harmonica at the age of nine and was self- taught, per his mother’s request to practice in the woods and after quite a while later was invited back to the house. He enlisted in the United States Army on January 23, 1941 and served until June 1945. Billy was in the Invasion of Omaha Beach with the 2nd Division. He had 10 months of front-line fighting. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and also a metal from France, Belgium and seven other. His Army buddy had a sister who wanted a pen pal, so over 300 letters later; this is how a great love story began that lasted for almost 50 years.  Within two weeks from returning from the war, Billy married Ruby (Story) in South Dakota. Billy worked for Landstrom’s Glass in Rapid City, SD, while he and Ruby raised their two sons and one daughter. Ruby passed away in 1993. Billy moved back to Texas in 1994, to be near his brothers and sisters. This is when his love of gardening began with large vegetable gardens. At this time he joined the Seven Oaks Baptist Church. And in the choir was a lovely woman with red hair; upon finding out that she was also widowed a dinner was in order. They shared 21 years of marriage together. Billy found the love of the Lord at the age of 21, which carried him throughout the war and the rest of his life. Billy is survived by his wife, Peggy Foster Ingram of 21 years; sons, Daniel J. Ingram and Robert M. (Susan) Ingram; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren & one more on the way; and one great-great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his two brothers; two sisters; his first wife of 47 years, Ruby Bernice Ingram; daughter, Joyce Louise; and daughter-in-law; Mary Lou Ingram. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Billy’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.gillettememorialchapel.com
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