Jerry Lynn Ingham, Army vet, neighborhood handyman, funny, enjoyed playing cards, boating

By on November 30, 2016

Jerry Lynn Ingham, of Lancaster, joined the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at Lancaster General Hospital following a brief illness.

The youngest son of the late Charlie and Etta Ingham, he was born in Ephrata on March 5, 1947, and was preceded in death by his brother, Jim, and sister, Betsey (Shockley). He passed peacefully, surrounded by his friends and his family.

A loving husband, he is survived by his wife and best friend Diane, and he will live forever in the hearts of his family who affectionately knew him as “Bumpa.” He is survived by his son: Travis, husband of Mindy, and their two children, Andrew and Kara; his daughter: Kelly, wife of Brian Doutt, and their two daughters, Lexi and Kiersten; stepson: Bryan Shaffer, husband of Justi, and their three children, Lila, Lukas and Bennett; and his stepdaughter: Janell Shaffer.

He was a United States Army veteran who loved his country and was proud of his service. He improved the lives of everyone who had a chance to know him. Always eager to solve a problem, lend a hand, or fix something, Jerry became the neighborhood handyman. He was truly funny, and loved Western movies, cooking, and carpentry. Playing cards and games with his friends and family was always on the docket, but he was a notorious and legendary rule breaker. He was passionate about fishing, boating, and playing golf with his buddies. Most of all, he was kind and giving, and even in death that spirit continued as he provided a stranger the gift of sight, as an organ donor.

The family will receive friends at Stradling Funeral Home, 30 N. Ninth St., Akron, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with a short service to celebrate his life and memory to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jerry’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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