Roger Amiel Ingold Jr.
Roger A. Ingold Jr., passed peacefully on Friday, October 20, 2023 with his family by his side on the farm he grew up on and loved. He was born on December 12, 1946 in Washington, Illinois to Roger and Hermina Ingold Sr.
In 1948, they moved to Neillsville, WI and bought the 160-acre farm in Neillsville where he grew up with his family. They raised hogs, chickens and milked Holstein cows.
As a youth, he enjoyed riding his pony Dicky, fishing in the creek with his cane poles, hunting and ice skating. He attended Northside Grade School and then later attended Neillsville High School to complete his education. Roger enjoyed running and competing in track and field. In his senior year, the 400-relay team qualified and competed at the state level. He was active member in the Neillsville FFA and was the president his senior year. Roger graduated from high school in 1965.
He joined the United States Army and served for 5 years. His basic training was done at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and he had training in battle, code of conduct, military justice and CBR. He was also an expert marksman with the M14 rifle. Roger was honorably discharged as a Seargeant Major and he was extremely proud of his military service.
He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Schultz on August 26, 1967. Roger worked for the local TDS Telephone Company as a linesman. For a short time, he worked at Urbans. In May of 1967, he purchased a 1967 Pontiac GTO. Which remains in the family.
In 1970 he purchased the family farm with Mary Ann. That year, Roger and Mary Ann became proud parents of the twins, Jim and Julie. Their daughter Wendy arrived in February, 1974.
Roger operated two farms and rented a third for cropland. He described his operation as a true family farm with his wife and children. His family is an integral part of his success. His favorite time of the year was the spring, tilling the ground and planting the seed. Watching the crops grow and getting that year’s bountiful harvest and enjoying the fruits of his labor, especially walking through the corn fields. Roger was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Farmer Award on June 6, 1981. He retired from farming in 2003.
He then worked at Save Rite and Kwik Trip. He also worked as a security guard at the Black River Majestic Pines Casino and received the award for excellence and dedication to his job. Following his employment at the casino, Roger did various odd jobs, such as grounds keeper for the City Cemetery in Neillsville and Memorial Medical Center until his retirement in 2012.
After retirement he continued to help with planting and harvesting on the family farm. Through the years, Roger never lost his passion of the family farm. He dedicated his time to the meticulous upkeep of not only the farm, but the land and woods that he loved.
Roger was an avid hunter with great respect for nature which he made sure to share with his children and grandchildren. He was a gentleman, who loved his family passionately, helped anyone in need and created a legacy which he as passed onto his family.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann; son James; daughters: Julie (Kurt) Anderson and Wendy (Travis) Zschernitz; grandchildren: James M., Lucas R. and Lauren A. Ingold, and Tanner L. and Derek B. Zschernitz; and sister Mary Naedler.
Preceding him in death are his parents and an infant sister Elizabeth Louise.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion Post 73, 6 Boon Blvd., Neillsville. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. A private burial will take place at a later date.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.
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