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Inglis, Kenneth Eldon – 1932-1953


Posted By: Diana Wagner
Date: 5/10/2021 at 06:48:03

Car Crash Kills Inglis
Set Rites Tuesday For Newton Soldier Who Died in Mishap
Funeral services for Kenneth Inglis, 21, Newton soldier who died Sunday of injuries received in an auto accident near Ottumwa, will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in First Methodist church.
Inglis died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday in an Ottumwa hospital of a broken back and a fractured skull suffered when the car he was driving from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., left Highway 63 on a curve eight miles south of Ottumwa. Four other Iowa soldiers escaped with minor hurts.
Inglis was coming home on a weekend pass to see his wife, who is expecting a baby, when the accident took place Saturday.
Highway patrolmen said the car, which was travelling fast, left the curve, scraped along the ditch for 100 feet, then flipped end-over-end before rolling over several times. Inglis was thrown out of the car and beneath it during one of its rolls.
The Rev. B. L. Howse, former pastor of the Newton Foursquare Gospel church and now of Minneapolis, will officiate at the rites which will be military services with the American Legion taking part. The Rev. Allan K. Williams, Methodist pastor, will assist.
Toland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and burial will be in McKeever cemetery north of Colfax.
Born at Ira on Feb. 29, 1932, the son of Harold and Elizabeth Inglis, the deceased went to school in Mingo. After high school he came to Newton and worked at the Automatic Washer Co. for a time and then was employed at the D-X gasoline service station before going into military service.
He married the former Shirley McGriff in Newton in October, 1950. The couple made their home at 422 East Fourth street South. Inglis entered the Army on Oct. 14, 1952, at Camp Crowder, Mo., and later was transferred to Fort Leonard Wood where he was in leaders training school at the time of his death.
Inglis is survived by his wife and his parents, who live at Mingo. He was preceded in death by an infant son, who died at birth in June, 1951.
Inglis’s death was one of five Iowa accidental deaths reported by the Associated Press during the weekend. (Article continues about those other accidents.)
(Photo accompanied obituary)
Source: Newton (IA) Daily News; March 30, 1953, page 1


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