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Ingham, Michael Scott

Ingham, Michael Scott

November 23, 1960 — April 25, 2022

Michael Scott Ingham, 61, of Kearney, MO, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 25, 2022, at St. Luke's Hospice House.

Mike was born November 23, 1960, in Sacramento, CA, the eldest of three children of Robert William Ingham and Nancy Waunita (Poe) Ingham. His parents preceded him in death.

Mike was a 1984 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point.   Following graduation, he served four years in the US Army and received honorable discharge as a Lieutenant.   Mike later received his Master's degree from Kansas State University.

In 2002, Mike founded Labormax Staffing, headquartered in Kearney, MO. He operated the business for the next 20 years as it expanded to 106 branches throughout the US. Mike's dream was to build the business to a billion-dollar company. His legacy will be remembered as a mentor, friend and entrepreneur as Labormax continues to grow.

Mike is survived by his wife, Traci, of the home; sons, Robert Ingham, Clayton Ingham, and their mother Julie Ingham, all of Kansas City; step-children, Lucas Connelly, his wife Naras, and their children Aiden and Maeve, of Silver Spring, MD and Lauren Connelly and her children Hera and Ezra, of Pleasant Hill, MO; brother, David Ingham and wife Lana, of Anaheim, CA; sister, Kathy Latham and husband John "Sonny", of Las Vegas, NV; as well as nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, followed by a service celebrating Mike's life at 11:00 am, on Friday, June 10, at St. James Catholic Church in Liberty, MO. Interment will be at a later date at the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Riley, KS.

The family requests no flowers. Instead, a scholarship fund will be established in Mike's name. Details to give to the fund will be announced soon.

You may share a message with the family or sign an online guest book via Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, followed by a service celebrating Mike’s life at 11:00 am, on Friday, June 10, at St. James Catholic Church in Liberty, MO. Interment will be at a later date at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley, KS.

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I miss you Michael. I told you I wanted to go before you and you left me. All alone. It’s been a struggle and I look at your pictures and try to hear your laugh. Until we meet again, I love you so much.

Traci Ingham

To Traci, Julie, Clayton and Robert- First let me start by saying just how sorry I am for this loss. I had known Mike for about 24 years give or take, having met him when he was a partner with LaborPros in KC. He had wanted me to come on board then and ultimately I did end up joining on with them after Mike had left which is where I met Jonny. When Jonny left LPs I had no idea the scope of what was to be built but also knew with the 2 of them they would build something amazing, which they did. I stayed in contact with Mike over the years and had some fantastic conversations most of which were not staffing related, just life things. His knowledge and understanding of so many things eclipsed where I was in those formative staffing years and I look back on those conversations with great reverence. When I came on board with Labormax in 2019, I leaned heavily on his knowledge of staffing and Labormax growth. When I had the opportunity to take ownership a year later down in AR, it was an honor to accept. My last memory of Mike was a dream I had a few days before he passed where Mike was sitting at a table with Jesus at an outdoor café, both laughing and talking like lifelong friends. Which they were. He will be missed by many and his influence has helped shape so many people in our industry.

Kirk Pearson

Loved reading this, very bitter sweet per say .. I am so lucky to have crossed paths with such a legend like Mike. I am thankful everyday of my life for him & the opportunity he gave me that truly made me and my whole life better. I am forever grateful.. I miss our weekend chats and mentorship like calls. I know Mike always wanted the best for me and I know he really cared about my success as well as the success of others. That is a true Partner, Friend, and Mentor. Thankful is an understatement.... Forever in my heart and mind! I will always tell everyone the reason for LaborMAX Wilmington and my journey lead here because of you.

Emily Jordan

I am a proud member of the LaborMax family and did not know Mike well, but was glad I did get to know him for the short time I did. The families have my thoughts and prayers, he was a great Man!

Elizabeth Avery

I didn't know Mike or his family I'm a friend of one of his partners (Sue) and a fellow veteran and I was sorry to hear about his passing my condolences to the family friends and all his loved ones may God keep you all safe and in his hands and I'm sure he's in God's hands now God bless

Alan usn ret

Traci, I read a poem today that Mike sent me when my Mom passed last June. He was so caring, and told me to take has much time off has needed. Mike, was a great Partner, and Mento to me. I miss his calls and I know he misses mine. LaborMax lost a great Leader. He always told me to keep pushing.

Renee Hobbs

My deepest sympathies are shared with you, Traci, his sons, and all family, friends, and loved ones. We often don't know or understand why bad things happen in life, but, thankfully, we do know that our Lord is always in control and His presence with peace, strength, and hope are always with us. Mike lived in a good and special way, with our years at West Point laying much of the foundation, and may all of you cherished those memories as you hold to the love of God and continue living life to the fullest as we know Mike would do. Again, my condolences to all.

Daniel Priatko

Traci, Robert, Clayton & Julie. We were so saddened to hear about Mike. We are sending sincere condolences to you and the extended family. Mike was friends with many and will be missed by all who knew him. He was a wonderful friend and will never be forgotten. You are all in our thought and prayers at this very difficult time.

Mike & Geri Borns

I am so sorry for your loss. I was a Lieutenant in Mike's company at Ft. Riley, and was one year behind him at West Point. I and met him a few times after our time in the service. He as always a great guy. He will be missed.

Andy Kerber

To Julie, Robert & Clayton..... I've known you all and Mike for many years (back to "before" LaborMax). To say that I've considered you good friends would be an understatement. My heart breaks for your family, and I pray that God will love, comfort and watch over you all. Heaven certainly gained a good one.

Kathy Michaels

Traci and family, I am deeply saddened for your loss. It was wonderful to see Traci so happy for the past few years; Mike must have been a wonderful man. May his memory accompany you throughout the rest of your days. Love, Jennifer Cacchio

Jennifer Cacchio

Mike Ingham was a great friend. We graduated from West Point in 1984. While we went our separate ways in that pre-social media/email world, we reconnected about 10 years ago at a West Point class reunion. Mike had done so much with his life, both in business as well as personally. Four years ago, he invested in our company, Telemynd, and was our biggest champion as we expanded our mental health services to the military community and beyond. I'll miss his ability to connect with people on a personal level while all the while seeing the path forward to even higher performance as a team. I'll miss my friend, Mike and know the good Lord has a brand new Angel in his midst. RIP, Brother.

Reuben Dickenson

Prayers for you and all the family's!

Mark & Charnette Harvey

So sorry for your loss. Praying for each of the family members that the lord will continue to comfort you as you continue to deal with this traumatic loss. Just know that he is in in the comfort of our lord and savior and will never again have any pain and only happiness with the lord. God Bless you all🙏🙏🙏🙏

Greg Larison

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