OBITUARY

Major General Michael J. Ingelido U.S. Air Force (Retired)

November 20, 1916April 28, 2015

MICHAEL J. INGELIDO

Major General Michael J. Ingelido, U.S. Air Force (Retired), a longtime resident of Colorado Springs, passed away at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Tuesday, 28 April 2015, after complications from a stroke at the age of 98.

He was born on 20 November 1916 in Meriden, Connecticut, the eldest child and only son of Daniel and Maria Ingelido. He grew up in Southington, Connecticut and graduated from the Central Connecticut State College in 1937. After three years as a high school teacher he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 as an Aviation Cadet. Upon graduation he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Army Air Corps and became a fighter pilot.

He married his wife, Elinor Ann Affinito, less than two weeks before Pearl Harbor. He spent most of World War II flying P-39s, Spitfires and P-47s in the European Theater of Operations, rising to become a Group Commander and was ultimately credited with destroying 12 German aircraft in the air and 10 on the ground. Following a mission over occupied France in August 1944, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for leading his squadron and two others in repeated attacks against a heavily defended target despite flying a severely damaged aircraft. By the time the war ended he had also been awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 21 Air Medals, the Order of the British Empire, and the French and Belgian Croix De Guerre.

Following the war he remained on active duty with the US Air Force and continued his flying career with assignments to Texas, Germany, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Alabama, Japan, Hawaii, the Philippines and Colorado. After 31 years of service he retired in 1972 as the Commander of the 14th Aerospace Force at Ent AFB in Colorado Springs.

Following his retirement in the local area, he volunteered and worked with many charitable organizations including the Red Cross, the Air Force Association and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. An avid golfer, he enjoyed many a day playing with friends at the Broadmoor, or at the local military bases.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two of his sisters, Florence Bull and Katherine Sidorik. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Elinor Ingelido of Colorado Springs, his two sisters, Virginia DePaulo and Mary Zalaski both of Boynton Beach, Florida and his three sons Michael, Daniel and Christopher as well as five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at the Swan Law Funeral Home on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1830 S. Corona Ave, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., followed by internment at the US Air Force Academy Cemetery with a reception following at the Doolittle Hall at Academy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Red Cross.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, May 3, 2015
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 5, 2015
REMEMBERING

Major General Michael J. Ingelido U.S. Air Force (Retired)

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May 19, 2015

Dear Elinor, Michael, Danny, Chris, Virginia, Mamie and families,
We were so sorry to hear about Mike's passing, please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We have so many fond memories of our wonderful times together.
With love from the Mary Montefiore Tomassetti Family
Carol, Judy, Fred, David and Families

Jane Luyckx

May 11, 2015

Dear Aunt Elinor, Michael, Dan and Chris,
So sorry to hear of Uncle Mike's passing he was a hero in war as well as a father and husband.
Love Cousin Jane

Sylvia Dianne Clapp

May 8, 2015

Meeting Major General Ingelido and his lovely wife Elinor was a wonderful experience. I treasured each visit they made to Detachment 4, AFOTEC where I worked as a civilian. Our prayers are with you, Elinor, and the rest of the family.

Laura Driscoll

May 5, 2015

Uncle Mike was a true hero, to his family, his country, and all who knew him. His family in heaven is welcoming him with open arms.

May 5, 2015

Dear Aunt Elinor,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Uncle Mike was such a leader. Not only in the Air Force, but in the family.. He was an outstanding man who took pride in his Italian heritage.He kept in touch with everyone and had an interest in all.I'll always remember,fondly,the visits with us in Southington and mine with the family in Colorado.I have many great memories of his stories and love of life. I"ll always remember loving my UNCLE MIKE - a true hero to me. Barbara

Pastor Mel Waters

May 5, 2015

Our country could use more heroes like this great patriot. May God comfort and strengthen his family during this time of great loss.

Joan Stais

May 4, 2015

It was a sad day for our family to lose our beloved Uncle Mike. He had such an accomplished life and touched so many people. He was my mom's big brother, and I know that she and her sisters always looked up to him. He will be missed by our family very much. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, and wish them peace.
With Much Love, Joan and Greg Stais

May 3, 2015

I was so happy to have heard from cousin Mike this past fall.
Please accept our condolences to you, Elinor, and your family.
He will be deeply missed.

With deepest sympathy,
Pat and Tony Rietze,Jr.

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