Jay Edwin Ingle

November 11, 1935February 4, 2019

Jay Edwin Ingle, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 4, 2019.

He was born on November 11, 1935 in Overbrook, Kansas. After graduating high school Jay joined the United States Air Force in 1954, where he proudly served his country for four years as a B52 Bomber Tail Gunner.

Jay devoted his life to serving others when he started his career in the fire service in 1960 at the North Central Fire Department in Fresno, California. Firefighting was his life's passion where he poured his whole heart into helping others everyday. After serving for over 24 years and making many lifelong friends, he retired from the Fresno Fire Department on May 5, 1984. His love for his firefighter brothers was only surpassed with his love for his family. He was a caring husband for many years, a devoted father to his daughters and a proud "pappy" to his four grandchildren. He was never afraid to tell perfect strangers how proud he was of his family and loved sharing in their joys and success.

Jay is survived by his wife Gail Ingle; daughters Vicki Clarkson and husband Jeff, Jill Hunt and husband John; grandchildren Heather Freeman, Jennifer Vogt, Jeremy Hunt and Lindsey Clarkson and his sister Carol Bell of Lawrence, Kansas. He is preceded in death by his former wife of 39 years, Loretta Ingle.

Services will be held at Stephens & Bean Chapel on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Fresno Fire Chief's Foundation, P. O. Box 107, Fresno, CA 93707-0107, Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, c/o Fresno Fire Department, 911 H Street, Fresno, CA 93721, or to Air Force Gunner Association, c/o John Stallings, 702 Doral Dr., Marengo, IL 60152.


  • Fresno Fire Chief's Foundation
  • Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
  • Air Force Gunner Association


  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, February 11, 2019

Jay Edwin Ingle

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Harry North

February 11, 2019

High School classmate from Baldwin City, Ks., class of 1954. Long time good friend. Love & Sympathy to his family.

Randi Movich

February 9, 2019

I spent many lovely times with Jay and Loretta. Loretta was my mom Robin's best friend, so Loretta had always been a part of my life. So happy that Jay and Loretta spend so many happy years together. I used to live in Northern California and would head over to Lassen National Park to go skiing. Many times Jay and Loretta would have a warm meal and bed waiting for me after a day of skiing. Great conversations followed. And more recently they visited our little remote corner of the earth with their RV, and again more fun, warmth and joy.
Sending my warmest thoughts to Jay's family. He will forever be in my heart.

Rich & Darlene Meserve

February 9, 2019

We met Jay & Loretta while we were both on the road travelling. They moved into our Modular Home Park before Loretta’s passing. When he and Gail met they both lived in our home park. Jay & Gail decided to move to Az after their marriage and both were very happy there. We will really miss Jay. He always helped with our breakfasts and dinner meals here in our park. He was such a great guy. We loved his whole family. We love you Jay, and Gail if you ever need anything, you know how to get ahold of us. Take care Ingle family.

Kathy Leon

February 7, 2019

Gail, I remember coming to your moms 95th birthday party and meeting Jay for the first time. You both were beaming from ear to ear. Your love for each other showed. I know you are suffering now, but know that your friends are here for you, and that Jay is forever with you as your new Guardian Angel. Prays for strength and understanding.
The Leon Family
Kathy, Franklin, Emily and Wendy.