Lauren 'Inky' R. Incarnato

Lauren ‘Inky’ R. Incarnato

Lauren “Inky” R. Incarnato, 79, of Tellico Village, passed away peacefully Thursday evening Jan. 21, 2021, with his loving wife of 39 years, step-daughter LynnAnn and granddaughter Lauren “Gracie” by his side.

He will always be remembered as a devoted, loving, kind and caring husband, a proud father and grandfather, animal lover, hard worker, great listener and all-around wonderful man.

Lauren, who was better known as “Inky,” was born July 26, 1941,in Decatur, Ill., to Bernard and Elizabeth (Walser) Incarnato. His parents preceded him in death along, with his sister, Patricia Mendenhall.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sister, Linda Adriano; sons, Tony Incarnato (Angela), Doug Incarnato and Bernard Incarnato; step-children, Earl Leo Nelson (Marianne) and LynnAnn Nelson Daugherty; grandchildren, Baylie, Michael, Emi, Michelle, Giovanni, Lauren Grace and Caleb; a great-grandson; nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Georgette Mascia; and brothers-in-law, Harry Hughes (Alice) and William Hughes (Terry).

Inky retired to Tennessee after 44 years with A.E. Staley/Tate & Lyle as a plant coordinator. He was instrumental in the building and start-up of the Morrisville, Pa., and Loudon plants. Inky had more friends than we could mention, and he was always ready to help his neighbors “in distress” or greet the neighborhood dogs with a dog treat. In addition to the love for his family, his dog Fred, grand-dogs and his koi pond, he loved motorcycles, running, fishing, boating to Vols games and his monthly poker game with the guys. He was a member of the Tellico Village Fishing Club, NRA, a FCC licensed Ham Radio Operator and played on the A.E. Staley state champion softball team in the mid-1970s.

His family would like to thank the staff at Fort Loudoun Medical Center and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and especially the many doctors, nurses and staff in the CV ICU for the excellent care he received and the compassion shown to his family. A special "thank you" goes to Marsha Christensen and Patricia Myers for their unconditional support during this time.

There will be no formal service at this time. He will be laid to rest in Decatur, Ill., in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the charity of your choice.

Click Funeral Home & Cremations-Tellico Village chapel is serving the family of Inky Incarnato.