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James Joseph Ingram

June 29, 1944 ~ March 8, 2011 (age 66)

James Joseph "Jay" Ingram, 66, of Davenport, passed away Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at Genesis Medical Center East Campus, Davenport. Funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. Monsignor Marvin Mottet will celebrate. A Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral prior to the Funeral Service. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Visitation for Jay will be from 2- 7 p.m. Sunday at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus, Kewanee, Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, Moline, Handicap Development Center, Davenport, Emergency K-9 Operations Inc., the Mayo Clinic, Rochester or the Davenport Humane Society.

Jay was born on June 29, 1944, in Geneseo, IL, the son of Francis C. & Mary J. (Morrissey) Ingram. He attended St. Malachy Catholic School and was a 1962 graduate of Geneseo High School. Jay also attended the University of Iowa. Jay was united in marriage to Donna K. Knackstedt on February 4, 1981, in Davenport, IA. Jay was in the financial service industry for 41 years and managed branch office operations and compliance for four New York Stock Exchange member firms for 26 years. He supervised more than 250 associates at Piper Jaffray, U.S. Bank, and Robert W. Baird and Company. Jay started his career at Loewi & Company. He was also a member of Baird's Chairman's Club, a recognition given to financial advisors who are in the top 5% of production. Jay personally managed approximately $300 million in client assets with a focus on retail, high net worth, and institutional accounts. He specialized in not-for-profit organizations and retirement plans. Mr. Ingram had extensive experience in commercial real estate development and leasing, equipment leasing, and farm ownership and management. Jay was appointed by Iowa Governor Chet Culver to a six-year term on the State of Iowa Public Employees Retirement System Investment Board (IPERS). He was elected Vice Chairman of the IPERS Investment Board in 2010. IPERS is the largest pension plan in the State of Iowa. Jay was named by Research Magazine and R.J. Shook to the Winner's Circle State by State listing for Iowa. This best in class Winner's Circle financial advisor recognition exemplified creative wealth management solutions which provided clients with superior service. Jay loved caring for all of his clients with all of their investments whether large or small. Jay's board memberships included Vice-Chairman IPERS Investment Board, Vice-Chairman Mid-States Region of the Securities Industry Associate (SIA), Scott County Elected Officials Compensation Board, Davenport Police Pension Board, Davenport Firemen's Pensions Board, Osteopathic Hospital Foundation Advisory Board, Scott County Humane Society Finance Committee, and Handicapped Development Center Finance Committee. He was also co-trustee of the Wilbert and Carol Keppy Trust, which helped many students and local charities. He was a lifelong horseman, owning many champion Standardbred racehorses. He had a passion and great knowledge of horses, their bloodlines, and racing. Jay was a respected owner in the horse racing industry. Jay spent most of his free time developing and improving his farms and had a true passion for planting trees.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; two daughters, Gina (Mark) Lehan, Taylor Ridge, IL and Georgia (Andrew) Logan, Southlake, TX; a grandson, Andrew Logan Jr., two sisters, Janice (Jack) Heartlein, Peoria and Mary Kay (Jim) Sims, Bettendorf; two brothers, Jon Gentry, Cedar Rapids and Gary Gentry, Des Moines; and many nieces and nephews. He was dearly loved by all.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and a brother, Tom.


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