Paul Ingram was the youngest of five children, born to Irish immigrants who farmed in the Hope Arkansas area. Paul told us all stories about his sister babysitting President Bill Clinton, running moonshine with his father, working underage at the dance hall, and so on - true is anyone’s guess.
When Paul was 19, he enlisted in the Air Force “to take a vacation from farming”, as he liked to say. While on leave from Japan, Paul married “the girl next door” Nell ‘Betty’ Thornton and moved them to Caribou Maine. After completing four years of service, Paul and Betty followed her parents to Fontana CA. Paul’s military mechanical training quickly found him a job at Kaiser Steel Mill as a door repairman in the coke ovens. Paul and Betty bought a small home in the unicorporated rual area of “Cucamonga”, had two boys Larry Alan and Gary Wayne, and two grandson’s Brandon and Caylan.
In the 1970’s, Paul experienced a health crisis that changed his ways. Paul became a strong Christain joining with the Fontana First Assembly of God, taught Sunday school, took up new sports, and spent more time with family. Paul retired from Kaiser after 26 years when the mill closed. Paul’s weekend “hobby” (roofing and painting other people’s homes) became a full time job until he retired at 62. Paul and Betty sold their home of 44 years, moved to Redlands to be closer to their son Gary, spent time with friends and family, “visited” the casinos, and had fun until settling down at The Lakes of Banning.
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