Samuel Cooke Ingraham III

September 02, 1939 ‒ May 12, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Samuel Cooke Ingraham 3rd, 80, resident of Mount Vernon for the past 27 years, passed away at home unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Sam retired to Mount Vernon after a career in public health and immersed himself in the community, assisting and participating at Station Break, calling bingo at the Laurels (twice weekly for over 15 years), serving on the Boards of the Sew Special Network in Danville and the Knox County Symphony, working on the Knox County Task Force for Older Adults (as a long-serving and founding member), and worshiping as a parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Sam was born on September 2, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the only child of Dr. Samuel C. Ingraham 2nd and Florence (Develin) Ingraham.

Sam is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law, Janet A. and Andrew Ingraham Dwyer of Columbus and Susan E. Ingraham and Steven Holtebeck, currently of Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as grandchildren Benjamin G. and Janelle S. Ingraham Dwyer, extended family, and many friends in Mount Vernon and elsewhere. Sam also cared for a succession of many beloved cats over the years.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 41 years, Judy A (Bosanec) Ingraham.

Interment at Mount Vernon Gardens in Mount Vernon, Ohio, will be private.

If you wish to make a memorial gift, please consider the Maryknoll Missionaries, the Knox County Humane Society, or the Knox County Symphony.

To share a memory or send the family an expression of sympathy visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Samuel Cooke Ingraham 3rd.

  • My condonlences for you loss. I know Sam through his children, and the fact that as children they’ve become wonderful adults.
    Mark Holtebeck

  • Sam was a blessing beyond compare to seniors and senior organizations in Knox County. I had the privilege of getting to know him at The Station Break, and working with him on the Knox County Task Force for Older Adults. He was a great “shotgun” rider on senior trips, and was enjoyable to talk to, as he was very intelligent. He had a strong work ethic and a great sense of humor. I will miss him greatly.

  • Our condolences for your loss. Only through good seed come such wonderful fruit, as such I’m sure he was a beautiful soul. May God give you peace through this difficult time.

    Peace & Blessings,

    Fern & Don Upshaw

  • We will so miss Sam at the Mount Vernon Animal Hospital. He was a long time client and one of our regular friends. He so enjoyed the company of his feline family members and took great care of their needs. I have always enjoyed meeting with Sam over the years and have learned much from our conversations. We will miss him and we wish to send our condolences to his family and friends.

  • Janet and family,

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for strength during this difficult time.

    Carla Williams-Scott

  • We are so sorry for your loss. I remember his love of both his girls and his strong independence. Our love to your families.
    Alissa, Jeff, Sophia & Caleb Klein

  • Our hearts go out to the family, we’re holding you in prayer. Love you.

  • So very, very sorry to hear this. I loved laughing and talking with your dad at every library movie. Front and center was where he liked to enjoy the show. He always let me know if I had chosen well, and he had a good suggestion if I had not. He was quick to share a smile and a laugh–usually with a corny joke or piece of obscure trivia. He talked about family and trips to Hawaii…and our crazy cats. Truly a life well lived..We will miss him. Hugs to you and your family.

  • So sorry to read about Sam’s passing. We witnessed his wonderful care of Judy, and then his devotion to The Laurels after her passing. No one handled the Bingo like Sam. He truly immersed himself in helping our community in different ways. We are grateful that we got to know Sam while my Mom was at The Laurels. Rest In Peace Good Friend — Job Well Done!!! Our deepest sympathy to Sam’s family and friends. We share in your loss. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • So sorry to learn of Sam’s sudden passing. We only know Sam through daughter Susy, but she has made us proud and happy to be part of Ingraham family since she married our son Steve.

  • I’m so glad and honored to have a friendship with Sam at the Station Break. Sam was such a Good Samaritan, and maintained helpful wisdom to all. I will certainly miss his conversation, his goodwill to mankind, his sense of humor always. Deepest sympathies to Sam’s family may God guide them in the days ahead.

  • So sorry. My heart hurts. Thank you for sharing Mr. Ingram with us.
    Attending your family events will not be the sane without him.
    You are in my prayers.

  • Sam was a great friend who I first met at the Station Break. He helped me a lot during the last couple months. He insisted on taking me places that I needed to go rather than take public transportation. This was Sam, always thinking of other people. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • My husband and I met Sam at the Station Break Senior Center. When
    Veterans were honored at the Station Break, Sam would stand proudly to represent the U.S. Coast Guard. Thank you Sam for serving our country in the Coast Guard and for serving in numerous worthy causes in Knox County. We share your love of cats. We will miss you, your smile, and your quick wit.

  • Sam was one of my first friends when I moved here. He was always a big supporter. Someone that brought me instant joy to be around. I am blessed that I knew him. I am also blessed i have his white elephant 🐘 items from Christmas that I will always treasure. Big hugs to his family. Your father was one of the greatest men i have ever known.

  • Sam will be missed by myself and so many others. I met Sam at the station break and he became a very important part of my life. He was there for me when I needed him and I tried to be there for him. I loved Sam as a friend and he will never be forgotten.

  • May prayers and good memories surround you all. I’m so very sorry for you all – we are holding you and yours in the light.

    Many Condolences,

  • Susan & Janet, uur families sincere condolences.Your Dad was a good man. Dvid, Shawn, Heather & the Dad

  • I met Sam at the KCH Wellness Center where we both exercised. My exercise buddy and myself came three times a week – and at a time when Sam was also there. He would tease us when we were a bit late, or early, or talking too much or not exercising hard enough!! We enjoyed his humor and were awed by his knowledge! Even on the exercise machine, he’d be reading about investments or the latest news. The Wellness Center ran a ‘for fun’ trivia competition for several years and it wasn’t very often that Sam was stumped! Exercise just won’t be the same without Sam!
    He was a kind and caring person that did much for the community. He will be greatly missed by many of us!

    • Yes, I am the exercise buddy, Jeanne, mentioned, and I agree with everything Jeanne says,…Sam was Fun, Caring, and will be Greatly Missed!…Rebel

  • I was deeply saddened to learn that Sam had passed away. He was such a faithful supporter of the Knox County Symphony and attended many other musical events around the area. He was always fun to talk to at concerts and could always be seen right down in front! Sounds like he did so much behind the scenes for many organizations, and he will be greatly missed. Dina Snow

  • Janet, Susan, and families,
    Thank you so much for letting us know of Sam’s departure to the next phase of a marvelous life. I (Janet Bain Shumway) served a dietetic internship with Judy in Staten Island, NY many years ago and we became fast friends. We maintained contact over the years but, due to living far from each other, did not see each other again prior to her death. I knew Sam but not real well. We were so impressed that Sam continued contact with us after Judy’s death. His contact was so consistent and heartfelt that our hearts became intertwined just as they had previously with Judy. We are saddened by his death and pray for God’s comforting influence to rest upon each of you to soften your sorrow.

  • Yes, I am the exercise buddy, Jeanne, mentioned, and I agree with everything Jeanne says,…Sam was Fun, Caring, and will be Greatly Missed!…

  • I had the great pleasure of serving with Sam on the Knox Symphony Board. He always had useful and constructive ideas and never hesitated to volunteer as needed. He will be greatly missed.

  • Sam and I were cousins, and my memories date back to when our joint family times were centered in the Philadelphia area. As time went on, and folks scattered around the country, I came to look forward to Christmas letters to keep track of what was going on in our families.
    Sam had a varied set of interests and gave a lot to his community.

  • The members of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Military Officers Association extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sam Ingraham.

    Alexander Bettinger, Colonel USAF (Ret)

  • On behalf of the Commissioned Officers Association, we thank Captain Samuel Ingraham for his loyal membership and service to our country. If the family has a picture of Captain Ingraham in his Public Health Service (PHS) uniform we would like to publish it for our membership. I can be reached at

    COA appreciates Captain Ingraham’s loyal service to our nation.

    Jacqueline Rychnovsky
    Executive Director
    Commissioned Officers Association.