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Ray O. Ingalls, contractor, teacher, WWII veteran

Oct. 15, 1922 – June 2, 2013

Ray O. Ingalls, 90, former City of Tonawanda resident, building contractor, educator and World War II veteran, died last Sunday in Holiday, Fla., after a short illness.

A native of Covington, Pa., he graduated from Coudersport, Pa., High School and earned a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo in 1965. He also studied at Buffalo State Teachers College, Brockport and Frerdonia state colleges and the University of Cincinnati.

Mr. Ingalls served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and was awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He served in the European, Middle Eastern and African theaters.

After the war, Mr. Ingalls and his brother, Fred, ran Ingalls Building Corp., constructing and selling homes in the Hamburg area.

After earning his master’s degree, he was employed as a math teacher at Burgard Vocational High School, a science teacher in Heim Middle School in the Williamsville Central School District, and as a guidance coordinator and job-placement counselor for BOCES in Fairport.

Mr. Ingalls left teaching to work as a carpenter with his son, Richard, and teach him the construction trades, in the Tonawanda and Buffalo area.

He retired and moved to Dunedin, Fla., in 2003.

Mr. Ingalls was a 32nd degree member of the Masons.

Survivors include his son, Richard; and a sister, Stella Sayles.

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