​Paul L. Ingalls

1947 - 2019

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Paul L. Ingalls, a man who devoted his life to farming, died unexpectedly Sunday night, May 19, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 71.

Paul was a descendent of the first Ingalls who came to the new world in 1628 and settled in Lynn, Massachusetts. A seventh generation farmer, he was born July 6, 1947, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, a son of Rodney Howard Ingalls and Virginia Mary McGraw Ingalls.

Paul graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1966. On January 19, 1967, Paul was inducted into the United States Army, and he completed his basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey in March, 1967. He received infantry training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and was stationed in Fort Lewis before going to Viet Nam on August 3, 1967. After a year’s tour of duty with the 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi, Viet Nam, he returned home to his parents’ home in Hartwick Seminary. Following this leave, he was reassigned to Cu Chi for a voluntary extension of six months. While serving in Viet Nam, SP4 Ingalls received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Viet Nam Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious combat service in the Republic of Viet Nam. Specialist Ingalls received his Honorable Discharge from the Military on January 18, 1973.

Paul attended vocational school in Washington State where he studied welding. He used this skill often in his future farming career. During his time at school, he connected with a Campus Crusade for Christ group (now CRU), a ministry that was influential in his life and about which he often reminisced.

For many years Paul owned and operated Ingalls Farm in Hartwick Seminary. Farming was truly his passion. He especially loved growing fruit and enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor. He raised his kids on the farm and taught them many valuable skills, some through his strengths and some through his faults. He gave many local kids a summer job and a safe, fun, family-oriented place to hang out. More recently he was teaching his grandkids how to plant and harvest because he wanted them to learn where their food came from and to value the work that farmers do to provide for them.

He attended Faith Baptist Church in Hyde Park for the past couple of years and participated in their ministries. One of his favorite Bible verses was Proverbs 11:30, which states, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”

Paul is survived by his wife of 21 years, the former Deborah Ann Leonbruno, of Hartwick Seminary; their children and their families, Jesse and Amber Ingalls and their children, Connor and Grayson, and Justin and Ashley Ingalls and their daughter, Paislee, all of Cooperstown; Jenny Lynn and Charles Brett and their children, Dionna, Amy, Alexandrea, Makenzie, Hunter and Reuben of Afton; Joanna Ingalls of New York City; Robert and Chrissy Miron and their children, Tailynn, Gabrielle, Ava, Allison and Reilly of the State of Maryland; and Laura and Stephen Berg and their children, Ayla and Emerik of California. He is further survived by one brother, David E. Ingalls and wife, Darlene of Hartwick Seminary, and one sister, Marybeth Ring and husband, Jeffrey of Baltimore, Maryland, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Virginia M. Ingalls, who died April 26, 2007, his father, Rodney H. Ingalls, who died November 19, 2013, and a brother, Timothy H. Ingalls, who died at the age of 6 on February 10, 1963.

Family and friends paid their respects on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 3-5 p.m. at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home (formerly Ingalls Funeral Home), 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

At the conclusion of the visitation, a Funeral Service was offered at 5 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Michael A. Glisson, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Hyde Park, officiating. Military Honors were accorded at the funeral home by members of the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard and the Cooperstown Veterans Club.

Arrangements were made under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 4898 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.