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KINGSTON, NH: David Edmond Ingalls was born to Edmond and Lita (Snell) Ingalls in Plainfield, N.J. on April 24, 1937. He had an older brother, Robert.

Dave came to Kingston with his family in 1948. He attended Bakie Elementary School and graduated from Sanborn Seminary in 1955. He graduated in 1959 from UNH. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the ROTC program. He joined the United States Army in 1960 until 1963. He completed Army flight school and flew observation airplanes such as the Bird Dog and the Beaver. After the Berlin Wall went up, he was transferred from Colorado Springs to Germany. In 1963, he joined the N.H. Air National Guard and successfully completed Air Force pilot training, flying the T37 and T38. He flew the C97 for the NH and California Air National Guards. Dave completed resupply missions to Vietnam during the war. He joined Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 1965 and flew domestic and international flights in the Constellation, Boeing 727 and 707. He earned the TWA Award of Excellence and AOPA Superior Airmanship Award for the successful gear up landing at Chicago O’Hara airport on August 27, 1988. He finished his 27-year career with TWA as a Captain and check airmen in 1992. One of his last flights was to Germany; he was there when the Berlin Wall came down. A piece of the wall sits on his fireplace mantel.

Dave came back to Kingston with his wife, Muriel in 1970 when they purchased Pine Acres on Main Street. Dave served faithfully to the community in many capacities. He joined the Kingston Conservation Commission and served as the forest project manager for many years. Under his leadership, the town established five forests with over 250 acres. He was instrumental in organizing the walking trails in the Valley Lane Forest off Hunt Road. The KCC has earned two forest awards for excellent forest management practices. One is from The Southeast Land Trust, and the other is the John Hoar Award from the Rockingham County Woodland Owner’s Association. Dave and Muriel were instrumental in starting the Kingston Lake Association, Inc. Dave was on the Board of Trustees for the Sanborn Seminary, he served as secretary for many years. Dave was a member of the UNH Cooperative Extension. Dave was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Kingston where he served as deacon and trustee many times. Dave was a faithful and enthusiast member of the Kingston community. The 2014 town report was dedicated to him for his many contributions and years of service to the community. He is survived by his beloved wife Muriel (Abbott) of 45 years, his son, Jonathan and his daughter, Elizabeth, Jon’s wife, Barbara (Tupper) and their three children; Kevin, Diane and Scott. His daughter Elizabeth just returned from a year-long assignment in Afghanistan. He is also survived by his brother, Robert and his wife, Beverly (Robinson) and their four children, Douglas, Kim, Joseph, and Stephen and their wives and children. Other survivors include many cousins in northern New York; his mother-in-law, uncle in law, several sisters and brothers in laws and other extended family. He was loved by all and will be so greatly missed.

Dave’s interment will be at on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 12 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery on North Road in Kingston, N.H., followed by a Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Church Street in Kingston. The community is welcome at all services. There will be a reception with refreshments at the Rent Memorial Fellowship Hall following the Celebration of Life service. Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Pastoral Care Fund of the First Congregational Church. This fund helps local families who need assistance during difficult times. It was one of Dave’s favorite ways to give.
Published on  September 11, 2014
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