Bruce F Ingoldt
May 11, 1953 - December 29, 2017
Monday, January 22, 2018 11:53 AM
I met Bruce while dating his sister, Robin. He was the gentle quiet brother who was always very polite with the quick smile he is known for. I married his sister and years went on.
It wasn’t long before we were together and Bruce was trying to qualify for the Escondido Fire Department. He has maps and charts across the table when I inquired what he was doing. He replied he had to memorize every single fire hydrant location. What?! That is an amazing chore but he stead his fast and continued on. I never found out how he did but obviously he served the EFD for over 30 years so I’m sure he did well.
God bless Bruce, Ida, his lovely daughters, his extended family, and friends. We all miss him and are very lucky to have met this wonderful husband, brother, father, and friend.
Ed Greany (Piñon Hills, CA)
Monday, January 22, 2018 11:27 AM
We did not know Bruce very long as we had just bought a home on the cul-de-sac in September. Bruce was very friendly. He introduced himself within our first days before we had even moved into the house. He made suggestions as to where we should go to live through a wildfire, as we were staying in our trailer at Dixon Lake.
We took Bruce and Ida some baked goodies on Christmas day, meeting Ida for the first time. They were both friendly and heading off to church. We were shocked to hear of his sudden death. Our condolences and prayers to the family, especially Ida.
Rev. Charles (Chuck) and Nancy Aden
Charles Aden (Escondido, CA)
Sunday, January 21, 2018 9:13 PM
What can I say about my little brother? He was a gentle giant among men. He never frowned but smiled from ear to ear. He was always ready to help at the drop of a hat. He loved to swim and dive. When he was about 4 he came into the house in Chippewa Falls,Wisconsin with a bloody face. Mom asked what had happened as she was cleaning him up and he replied the water is hard. You see it was Winter and the lake was frozen solid and he had tried to dive into the water. She consoled him telling him he would have to wait until Summer to go swimming again. We used to have to break off our own willow switch when we were bad. One day Bruce had done something mom didn’t like and was told to go get a willow switch. He came in smiling with that ear to ear grin with a whole branch of the tree. That was the last time we had to get our own willow switch. Bruce tried every religion he could after we moved to California after dad’s death. He said some were really different and picked his favorite. He was very religious and served the lord every day of his life. We would go to San Diego for Christmas with the family but we never got to see Bruce as he was always working at the fire station. We went to see him at his home away from home and he gave us the most thorough tour of the fire station. The kids were thrilled being able to climb on the fire truck. I’m sure they still remember that visit. I always called him on his birthday and the holidays. I am so happy I got to talk with him on Christmas morning. We didn’t talk long as he was getting ready to celebrate with his family. He was the best dad and grandpa anyone could wish for. Always took great pictures. Never had one taken of him without that smile from ear to ear. I love you baby brother and will miss you every day until we meet again in Heaven. Xo xo xo
Roberta Ingoldt Greany (Pinon Hills, CA)
Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:56 PM
Dear Ingoldt Family,
Being neighbors for 25 years there are so many memories it would take hours to write them. Some just off the top are the never quite finished front yard, the room addition and the pool are all in the Ingoldt file hidden in the depths of my head, but never so far hidden that sometimes everyday things would make me stop and think of the entire Ingoldt family. The one memory of Bruce that will forever be burned and yes I mean BURNED in my head is,
I am not good with dates and years, but I am sure anyone that was there can tell you it was a sight not quickly forgotten. Bruce was of course in charge of the send off fire for the graduation at Orange Glen High. He gathered pallets for the event and careful built them into what he was hoping would be a great sendoff for the grads. Everything was great that night the student's had a night of fun and games that they would remember for years and more. When it was time to start the great pallet fire everyone was so excited. We all know that Bruce didn't do things half way, almost always right to the edge of all the way, forgetting limits some times. Needless to say this was one of the times he maybe did a bit more then all the way. The pallets started off burning great at first, but it wasn't long before Bruce and everyone within 50 yards knew this was just a bit bigger then maybe it should be. Being the experienced fire fighter that he was, OK everyone move back, I have this under control "NOT". The idea of Bruce, an Escondido Fireman, having to call the Escondido Fire Department for help was to say the least not the way he would want to end the event. In the end all ended safe and happy. Thanks to the help of a few friends, from the Escondido Fire Department. To this day I am sure there is still a hot spot on the OG campus where Bruce Ingoldt warmed many hearts that night. Love you all Ingoldt Family
Tim Behnke (Escondido, CA)
Saturday, January 20, 2018 7:48 PM
I have known Ida since we were 12 years old in Minot, North Dakota. Thirty years ago, living in NW Florida, I had a job interview trip planned to San Diego. I had not seen Ida, at the point, in approximately 20 years but hoped to see her on this trip. Knowing she was somewhere in Southern California, I found her phone number and called. Bruce answered the phone. Ida was not home. You would have thought Bruce was my long lost friend because we talked on the phone for over an hour. I fell in love with Ida’s choice in a husband within the first few minutes of that call and have adored him since. Bruce was the photographer at my wedding to my husband, Kyle Lovel. He and Ida are our daughter Kitt’s god-parents. I have so many fond memories of Bruce. He blessed my life and I will sorely miss him.
Sande Hall (El Cajon, CA)
Friday, January 19, 2018 10:27 AM
Bruce was my Brother-in- Law for ten years. Everyone knows what a genuine, kind man he was. I learned many things about him through his memorial I did not know. No one could ignore his infectious smile or calm demeanor. My strongest memory is the day Bruce stopped by our house while we were remodeling our kitchen. I opened a can of stain and it blew up in my face. Bruce grabbed me and pulled me to the sink and washed my eyes out thoroughly. I don’t know what I would have done without him. You could always count on him. I am heartbroken to know he is gone way too soon. We were all lucky to have him in our lives. Rest easy Brucie.
Leslie Dumller (Scott’s Valley, CA)
Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:26 PM
Frank and I met Bruce and Ida at The Father's House in San Marcos. We had friends in common so had the pleasure of sharing time with them on many occasions. One thing I will always remember about Bruce is that he loved to take pictures. He did it as a gift to others. My 65th birthday was a very special occasion and I can still see Bruce quietly and randomly getting shots of all the guests. Because of the pictures he gave to me I will always have that special memory to relive. Bruce was friendly to everyone he met and he always made you feel welcomed and important in their home. He had a tender and giving heart that touched many lives.
Linda Thomas (Escondido - now Merlin Oregon, OR)
Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:31 PM
My Uncle Bruce is absolutley the sweetest man I've ever known. I can't recall one time that I saw him angry or upset. Not saying that never happened, I just have no memory of it. If us kids were misbehaving, he had this calm and gentle demeanor about him, that allowed us to learn and continue being the crazy free spirits we were, without feeling like we were getting in trouble.
So many great memories that span my entire life, but especially my childhood and formative years. I recall countless hours in the Ingoldt family pool, Uncle B always there to toss us around, make sure we had plenty of sunscreen on...
Annual trips to the Del Mar Fair, family trips to the beach, he was always there for all of us, if somebody was sick or scraped a knee, Uncle B was always the one we ran to. He was always interested in what we were doing, for me it was baseball, then surfing, later on it was playing guitar and photography, he was able to connect with you on so many different levels, and you always felt like he was genuinely interested in whatever you were doing. Now he is in heaven, I know he will continue to check in on me and my family, because that is just the way he is. That is such a great feeling to have! He has left a legacy with his girls and grandchildren that will continue to shine on for generations to come. We love you and miss you dearly! Until we meet again...
Brett, Nicole, Fletcher, Lola, and Walker
Brett Nunn (Santa Barbara, CA)
Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:41 PM
To our precious Ida & the Ingoldt & Pinner families,
Your Bruce was one of the most incredible gentlemen we have ever known. His signature smile will never be forgotten. He was truly a humble man, always putting others first. He was truly a servant of the Lord and he loved his family so deeply and richly.
Bruce was truly an authentic man, always looking to help those in need. He helped people with a cheerful heart. There are so many memories of him but the most precious one that comes to our minds was our special time with him at dinner date, 9 days before he went home to be with the Lord. We got to hear about his love story and courtship with you, Ida. He shared pictures of you, his children, including videotape from his cell phone. The smile on his face was priceless because your family was everything to him. Our dinner date was close to 4 hours long and in that time we felt like we captured your courtship, marriage and family story in those precious hours, Ida. How great our Lord is, to have given us such a gift in Bruce! Heaven truly gained a magnificent angel!!! He is deeply missed and will never be forgotten.
Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out to you all and know that we are grieving alongside with you. Until we see you in heaven, our beloved brother,Bruce.
All our love,
Reigh and Teresa Harrison
Reigh and Teresa Harrison (Escondido, CA)
Friday, January 05, 2018 2:08 PM
My favorite memories of Bruce were three of our outdoor activities together. Decades ago he used his fireman's key to open the gate to Daley Ranch so that the two of us could mountain bike there, many years before it opened to the public. Next, we hiked in Yosemite in 2001 and made it to the top of Half Dome. (Joe was a new dad and was with us for part of that hike.) Most recently, four years ago, the two of us hiked from our hotel in Waikiki to the top of Diamond Head. There were a lot of other good times together over the past 45 years, but these three were extra special to me and I'll never forget them.
Wayne Zucker (Rancho Penasquitos, CA)