Donald Ingalls

Donald G. Ingalls, 68, of New Albin passed away from a broken heart Sunday, October 20, 2019 at his home one year after losing his wife to cancer. He’s now happy and the grief is gone because he’s in Heaven with his wife, Sharon, who died October 22, 2018. Memorial services for both Don and Sharon were held Friday, October 25 at St. John’s Wheatland United Church of Christ in rural New Albin with Pastor Paul Burgess officiating. Inurnment was at Wheatland Cemetery.

Donald George Ingalls was born February 9, 1951 in Jackson, OH, the son of George and Helen Rita (Timmons) Ingalls. He was baptized April 8, 1951 at Holy Trinity Church in Jackson, OH. His father died when Don was a young child and his family then moved to northeast Iowa.

Don worked for a while for John Deere in Waterloo before graduating with an associate’s degree in police science from Hawkeye Community College in May 1986. For 22 years, he worked in law enforcement including as the police chief in New Albin. He also worked security at the Genoa, WI power plant.

April 8, 1988, Don married the love of his life, Sharon Kay Smith Block, in Sumner. The couple loved to go camping, boating and fishing with their beloved dogs, Bailey and Harper. He also liked hunting, woodworking and working in the yard.

Don is survived by his four children: Angie Fernau of Lisbon, Brenda Ingalls of Charles City, Cindy (Dan) Reinke of New Albin and Josh (Brianna) Ingalls of Seattle, WA; his stepchildren: Randy (Linda) Block of Fredericka, Dan (Vicky) Block of Sumner and Tina (Mark) Hageman of Fort Atkinson; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his siblings: Bob (Margaret) Ingalls of Ohio, Linda (Jim) Martindale of Charles City, Rita (Rick) Bond of Nashua, John Fitzpatrick of Colorado and Tami Fitzpatrick of Florida; and a stepbrother, Terence Fitzpatrick of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sharon; a granddaughter, Kristie Usher; and his stepfather, John Fitzpatrick.

Honorary casketbearers were Don and Sharon’s grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at

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