Joseph L. Ignar, peacefully passed away on January 26, 2024, in his home in Wilmington, Delaware at the age of 93. He was born in 1930, to Polish immigrants, John and Victoria Gulis Ignar at their home in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He was a proud graduate of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey, a college preparatory boarding school for Polish boys.
Joe served in the United States Air Force between 1951 and 1955, at the Rapid City Air Force base in South Dakota. He was a reconnaissance squadron member on the Convair B-36 Peacemaker, the big stick of the Strategic Air Command.
He attended Seton Hall University and graduated with a degree in Chemistry. He met his wife Gloria Nainor Ignar while they both were studying at Seton Hall. They were married on October 3, 1959, and had three daughters.
Joe joined the DuPont Company in 1957 and had a very successful career. He worked at DuPont plants in New Jersey in various manufacturing operations, technical, and staff positions. He transferred to corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware and rose to executive level leadership of Employee Relations for the Company.
Joe chose to retire early from DuPont to travel extensively with Gloria and to spend more time with his family and friends. He was an avid golfer, traveler and model train enthusiast.
He was devoted to his family and supported them in their many endeavors. He especially loved his family vacations down the shore, watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren playing sports and growing up.
Joe is survived by Gloria, his loving wife of 64 years, and their daughters, Kathleen Hall, Dr. Diane Ignar, Carolyn Ignar Torbert, son-in-law Jeffrey Hall as well as their three grandsons, Dr. Michael Hall (Dr. Kathryn Hall), Stephen Hall (Kelsey Hall) and Matthew Torbert, and their four beautiful great-grandchildren.
Joe will be greatly missed by his family, both for his devotion to them, and for his unwavering support.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph on The Brandywine Catholic Church, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, DE 19807. A viewing will be held prior to mass from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests contributions in Joe’s memory to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692 (heart.org) or your favorite charity.