Martin Lewis Ingwersen, 97, Vero Beach
Martin Lewis Ingwersen, known to most as “Marty,” passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, at the age of 97. Marty born Nov. 5, 1919, in Sandusky, Ohio.
Marty was a gifted athlete in high school and subsequently attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1941, where he played as offensive and defensive end on the football team. A ship builder by trade, Marty placed his career on hold to join the US Navy during World War II, serving as a First Lieutenant at the shipyard in Portsmouth, N.H., and subsequently in the Pacific.
Following his service to his country he returned to his love of ships serving as an executive at American Shipbuilding Company on the Great Lakes and Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation in Pascagoula, Miss. He retired from Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle, Wash., and moved to Florida.
He was a member of the Notre Dame Club, Elks Lodge 1774 and the Power Squadron in Vero Beach, where he was surrounded by loving friends, neighbors, and caregivers.
He enjoyed a great quality of life throughout his final days, including attending a Notre Dame Football game with four generations of family members the month before his death.
His survivors include sons, Richard (Terry) Ingwersen of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Skip Ingwersen, of Kirkland, Wash.; grandsons Wes (Laura) Ingwersen, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lance (Lauren) Ingwersen, of Oxford, Ohio, Nick (Stephanie) Ingwersen, of Washington, D.C., and Jake Ingwersen, of Seattle, Wash.; great-granddaughter, Martina Ingwersen, of Cincinnati, Ohio; great-grandson, Sam Ingwersen, of Oxford, Ohio; and numerous extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Blanche “Bink” R. Ingwersen; and a daughter, Brenda Ingwersen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Notre Dame-Donor Services, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556, the Vero Beach Power Squadron, 301 Acacia Road, Vero Beach Florida 32963 or the First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.
A memorial service celebrating his life will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach. His final resting place will be the Cedar Grove Cemetery at the University of Notre Dame with his wife, Bink.