OBITUARY: Melbourne Native, U.S. Navy Veteran Mark Patrick Ingwersen, 61, Passed Away Jan. 16
By Space Coast Daily // February 4, 2022
came up through the ranks from an enlisted seaman to the rank of Lt. Commander
While stationed at Annapolis MD, during the 9/11 attack Mark was manager of a multi-departmental Security Department, Tactical Control of a Marine Security Force during all tactical and training operations onboard the Naval Academy.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Mark Patrick Ingwersen, 61, died on January 16, 2022, at a hospital near his home in Apollo Beach, FL. He was born on October 9, 1960, in Melbourne, Florida. Aside from his family, Marks’ greatest devotion was to the Navy. He came up through the ranks from an enlisted seaman to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Some highlights of his 26-year career:
He provided critical expertise to the combined Netherland/Belgium CTF-150 staff during active engagements against maritime criminals during anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.
Trained and prepared 1st Infantry Division, 1st Artillery Divisions, U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan, SUROCORPS, Rapid Deployable Turkish Corps, and Rapid Deployable Italian Corps for their respective deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
While stationed at Annapolis MD, during the 9/11 attack Mark was manager of a multi-departmental Security Departments, Tactical Control of a Marine Security Force during all tactical and training operations onboard the Naval Academy. He was the United States Naval Academy’s Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism Officer, Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Coordinator, Security Manager, Secret Control Officer, and Traffic Safety and Motorcycle Safety Coordinator.
He planned and executed executive and legislative branch protective services for the President, Vice President, and numerous members of the President’s cabinet, senators, and congressmen.
After retirement from the Navy Mark was employed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jeanne Roberts, Robert Ingwersen, sister Deborah Ingwersen Soucey and husband James, his special friend and father-in-law Robert Pigg, and mother-in-law Ginger Pigg.
Mark is survived by his wife Geri Ingwersen, sons Brandon ad Bryan, sisters Robin Ingwersen, Tami Ingwersen Munden and husband Jerry, brothers James Ingwersen and wife Marcy, Michael Roberts and stepmother Patricia Ingwersen, brother-in-law Samuel Devlin, sister-in-law Rebecca Armand and husband Fred, 9 nieces, 4 nephews, 16 great-nieces, and nephews.
Mark’s experience in the Navy played an important role in his life. He often spoke of how the Navy taught him the value of discipline and investing in a cause greater than himself. Mark had a kind heart and a love for freedom. He also had a special love for animals, especially his Great Dane Fergusen.
Military Funeral Honors will be on February 11, 2022, at 9 a.m. at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. Mark will be buried at sea at a later date.