We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel
Charles Stephen Ingersoll (Steve) of Appleton, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2022. He was 92. Steve was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 25, 1930. He graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana in 1948. He graduated, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Knox College in 1952. He earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1954. From 1954 to 1956, Steve served in the US Army as an Auditor. He was in charge of auditing the largest US ordinance depot in Tokyo, Japan.
Following his military service, Steve went on to have a long career in business. He was a senior executive at a number of major corporations, including Ingersoll Rand, Kennecott Copper Corporation, Tesoro Coal Company, and Ingersoll Equipment Company. One of Steve’s proudest accomplishments was his role in the divestiture of Peabody Coal Company, which at the time, was the second largest divestiture in US History. Leading business publications like Barrons and Fortune described it as one of the most difficult and successful divestitures in history.
After retiring and moving to Appleton, Steve met the love of his life, Lucy. The two shared a love of ballroom dancing and travel. Steve was a dignified man and a snappy dresser. He was a true gentleman with a warm and friendly spirit and a great sense of humor. He was a loving Papa to the couple’s five grandchildren.
Steve is survived by his wife, Lucy, stepchildren Meredith Duchemin (Matthew) of Madison and Clayton Steinberg (Sarah) of Las Vegas, grandchildren Alexander, Kate, Maverick, Remington, and Lawson, many nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ingersoll, and siblings Judy, Harold Jr., William, Edward, Richard “Dick,” and John “Jack.”
A service for Steve will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at Butte Des Morts Country Club, 3600 West Prospect Avenue, Appleton, with a time for fellowship to follow the service. A private burial service will be held in Indiana at a later date.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at Heartwood Senior Living and Compassus Hospice who helped care for Steve in his last weeks.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to an arts organization of your choosing.