William R. Ingraham, age 59, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at home after a long battle with cancer. Born April 25, 1953 in Mechanicsburg, he was a son of the late Ross W. and Pauline R. (Zimmerman) Ingraham.
Bill retired after thirty six years of service with the Social Security Administration, and was the organist for twenty five years at First United Methodist Church, (FUMC) Mechanicsburg and Otterbein United Methodist Church, Boiling Springs. For his many accomplishments he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hershey Theatre. He also wrote the theme song for their high school Apollo Award Program. He was a member of FUMC and a former member of Mechanicsburg Rotary Club.
Bill was a well known pianist and organist in central PA. He was active with Open Stage; Hershey Theatre; Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg; Oyster Mill Playhouse; Messiah Choral Arts; Central PA Oratorio; Mechanicsburg Ecumenical Choir; Wednesday Club; Theatre Harrisburg; Susquehanna Chorale; Voices of Hershey; Mishar Productions and an accompanist for many soloists and musicians. He was a member of the group Signature and performed at the White House with Kamotion. As a friend recalled, “there probably isn’t a piano in Central PA that Bill hasn’t played”. In addition to his music Bill enjoyed participating in softball, racquetball and basketball.
Surviving are his wife Tammy Ingraham, three children, Tricia Nicole Ingraham of Los Angeles, CA, Christopher Scott Ingraham of Dillsburg, and Julie Beth Ingraham of Santa Cruz, CA, two grandchildren Maya R. Ingraham and Brandon A. Domonkos, two brothers Donald R. Ingraham of West Friendship, MD and Robert E. Ingraham of Hershey. Bill will always be remembered for his humble spirit, musical talent, dedication to his family and incredible optimism.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at First UM Church, Mechanicsburg with the Rev. Michael V. Minnix officiating. There will be a viewing from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. Private burial will be in Mechanicsburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to First UM Church, 135 W. Simpson St. Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or Otterbein UM Church, 647 Forge Road, Carlisle, PA 17013.