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Col. Joseph F. Ingenloff, USAF (Ret.),

Obituary for Col. Joseph F. Ingenloff, USAF (Ret.),

November 16, 1930 - June 18, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 87

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Colonel Joseph F. Ingenloff, USAF (Ret.), born on November 16, 1930, passed peacefully on June 18, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.

Joe was the eldest son of Joseph G. Ingenloff and the former Ann Coe. He was raised in and graduated from high school in Port Chester, NY, and attended Champlain College in Plattsburgh, NY. He began his military career in 1951 as a Basic Airman at Sampson AFB, NY. In 1952, he graduated from the USAF Aviation Cadet program, completed navigational training, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant at Ellington AFB, TX. Later that year, he earned his navigator wings after completing bombing training at Mather AFB, CA.

In 1954, Lieutenant Ingenloff married his hometown sweetheart, Barbara A. Licata, after completing a combat tour in Korea in the B-26 aircraft. Over the next years, they raised their family while Joe flew Strategic Air Command Cold War operational and KC-97 refueling training missions from Altus AFB, OK, and B-36, B-52 bomber missions from Walker AFB, NM.

In 1962, Captain Ingenloff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Oklahoma State University. Later that year, he was assigned to the Air Force Eastern Test Range at Cape Kennedy, FL, as the Range Safety Officer, Armed with a missile "Destruct" capability, he was responsible for protecting personnel and property from errant launched manned and unmanned space vehicles. During the "Project Gemini" space program, Major Ingenloff served as the Launch Site Recovery Officer charged with the safe recovery of astronauts in the event of an early launch failure. Later, he served as the Chief of the Range Safety Division during "Project Apollo" lunar landing missions.

After completing a C-130 combat tour in Vietnam in 1972, Lieutenant Colonel Ingenloff was assigned to the San Antonio Air Logistics Directorate at Kelly AFB, Texas. He was promoted to colonel and served as Chief of the Aeronautical and Accessories Logistics and later, Chief of Engineering Divisions. Colonel Ingenloff"s retirement in 1977 culminated a 27-year military career.

Following his military retirement, Joe worked as a Specialist Engineer for both Fairchild and Boeing aircraft companies.

Joe was a space flight enthusiast who enjoyed oil painting and studying military history. He was a member of the Air Force and Military Officers of America Associations, Airmen's Society, and Knights of Columbus Council 7965.

His passing was proceeded by his beloved wife, Barbara, of 59 ½ years; their son, Michael; and his brother, Peter.

He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl; sons, Richard (Paula) and Peter (Michelle); grandchildren: Christopher, Kathryn, Joey, Robert, and Matthew; great-grandchildren: Abigail, Natalie, and Alexander; sister, Geraldine Dock; nephews, David and Jeffrey Ingenloff; nieces, Laura McDougall and Maureen Rustrian; and faithful four-legged friend, Jaxx.

ROSARY
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018
7:00 PM
PORTER LORING MORTUARY NORTH

The family will have a private graveside service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Michael.

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