John Patrick Ingebrand, Of Woodbury, MN passed away on April 21st, 2023 at The Pillars in Oakdale at the age of 97. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 2nd at Guardian Angels Catholic Community, 8260 4th St. N., Oakdale, MN 55128 with visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. A private family burial will follow the funeral Mass at Guardian Angels Cemetery. A reception will be held immediately after the funeral Mass at Oak Marsh Golf Course. Memorials preferred to: Beyond Hospice/Pillars, 6025 Upper 35th St. N., Oakdale, MN 55128. website: BeyondhospiceMN.org.
John was born on March 17th, 1926 to Aimee LaRocque and Charles Matthew Ingebrand of St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended St. Luke’s Elementary School, and Cretin High School. After graduating from Cretin in 1943, John joined the Navy and started the Officer Training Program at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota as an Apprentice Seaman. While in the Navy, his education continued at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Harvard Graduate Business School where he received a commission as Ensign, Supply Corps, in November, 1945.
John was released from the Navy to inactive duty in July 1946. He then joined the US State Department as Secretary to the Ambassador, Robert Butler, first in Canberra, Australia and then in Havana, Cuba. This assignment allowed him to travel extensively, with visits to Java, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He was recalled to active duty in 1950 during the Korean armed conflict and served as procurement officer stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.
John met the love of his life, Marcelline (Marcie) Schiltgen, during a visit to Glacier Park in 1952. They were married on February 7, 1953. A growing family and a successful business career followed over many decades, with the family living in St. Paul, Austin, Montello and Mora. John concluded his professional career as President of Kanabec State Bank in Mora and served as president of the Minnesota Bankers Association from 1982-1983. He retired from the bank in 1988 but continued as a board member for another 20 years.
Family life with seven children kept John and Marcie very busy. John described those decades as the best of his life, with seven trips to the maternity ward, first communions, confirmations, plays, concerts, graduations, hockey games, basketball games, football, track meets, cross-country family camping trips and much more.
Despite the demands of career and family, John found time to stay involved in the community. He participated in numerous civic organizations and held leadership roles in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. His service included two terms as President of the Mora High School Board of Education.
John and Marcie enjoyed a long retirement featuring travel, bridge, golf, and mild winters in Mesa, Arizona. Summers were spent at their Sugar Lake cabin highlighted by many family gatherings.
John led an exemplary life rich in faith, service, integrity and an unwavering commitment to his family. He was a role model and inspiration to the many who knew and loved him.
John was preceded in death by his wife Marcelline, his parents Aimee and Charles Ingebrand, his sisters Joan Loban and Mary Haag, and brothers Daniel Ingebrand and George Ingebrand.
He is survived by his seven children, John (Janis), Michael (Jane), James (Nadine), Thomas (Sandie), Peter (Kathy), Joseph (Teresa) and Mary (Lori); 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Beatta Hillman says
Deepest sympathy to all of John’s family. He was a wonderful employer as well as a friend to me and to my husband, John. He leaves a lasting legacy!
Heather Connors says
I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I enjoyed my Saturday evenings with John and treasure the time I spent with him. Many blessings to all of you.