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Leonard (Lenny) Ingebrigtsen

Posted 2009-08-16 by Pat Wilson
The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona
November 9, 2003

Leonard (Lenny) Ingebrigtsen, known by many as "The Happy Scandinavian", passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, November 7, 2003. He was born June 12, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He attended the University of Minnesota until joining the service. While on leave he auditioned for and won the leading role in a play directed by Marjorie Larson, his future wife.

After the service his love of speech and theater led him to a career in broadcasting in Idaho, KTFI, Minneapolis, WDGY, and finally Phoenix. He was the morning man for over 30 years at KOY and KOOL radio. He enjoyed jeeping in Colorado, canoeing the Boundary Waters, woodworking, tinkering with cars, fund raising for scouts and other charities, photography, camping and time spent with his family and his devoted dogs. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be missed greatly by family and friends and remembered by many long-time listeners.

Len was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Marjorie, on October 30, 2003, by his parents Esther and Leonard M. lngebrigtsen, and his infant daughter, Lisa. He is survived by his children Steve lngebrigtsen and wife Priscilla, Richard lngebrigtsen and wife Wendy, Karin Hetsler and husband Steve, 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His brother Kay lngebrigtsen and sisters Chris lngebrigtsen and Winnie Nisswandt also survive him.

Visitation was on Monday 11/10 followed by service at Meldrum Mortuary & Chapel, 52 N. MacDonald, Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Leonard and Marjorie lngebrigtsen Memorial Fund or to Hospice of the Valley.

See Also: Mesa City Cemetery

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