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Ian Lawrence Jongkind

June 22, 2001 — October 27, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ian Lawrence Jongkind, who departed this world on Friday, October 27, 2023, at the tender age of 22, in La Porte. Ian's vibrant journey began on June 22, 2001, when he was born to the loving embrace of James and Melissa (Wagman) Jongkind in his hometown of La Porte, Indiana.

Ian's love for his family was boundless. He leaves behind a cherished legacy and is survived by his devoted father, James (Theresa) Jongkind of La Porte; his loving mother, Melissa Jongkind of La Porte; and his beloved siblings, Adam (Maddie Betts) of Conneaut, Ohio, Wes (also known as Renee) Jongkind, and Elliot Jongkind, both residing in La Porte.  Additionally, Ian is fondly remembered by his grandfather, Josef Jongkind of Big Pine Key, Florida; his grandmother, Linda Wagman of La Porte; his girlfriend, Carlyn Stone of Highland; several caring aunts and uncles; numerous dear cousins; and countless friends.

While we grieve his passing, we also remember Ian's journey and the bright moments he shared with us. He is now reunited with his beloved grandfather, James Wagman; grandmothers, Judy Jongkind and Julie Jongkind; uncles, Andy Jongkind and Luke Wagman; as well as his aunt, Carly French, who have gone before him.

Ian's life was a beautiful journey of discovery and growth.  He was a beacon of light to his family, friends, and everyone fortunate enough to have crossed his path. His infectious smile and unwavering determination made him an inspiration to many. Ian was a passionate lover of diverse music genres and found immense joy in playing Dungeons and Dragons, especially excelling as the dungeon master.  He was also a proud member of the La Porte Marching Band, where he displayed his innate musical talents.

Ian's journey through education began at Hailmann Elementary School, continued onto Kesling Middle School, and culminated in his proud graduation from La Porte High School in 2020.  He was not just a student, but a beacon of intelligence and wit.  His smile was infectious and he left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Ian's life at a Celebration of Life Service to be held at 11 am on Friday, November 3, 2023, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, where Pastor Nate Loucks will officiate.

Visitation hours will be observed on Thursday, November 2, 2023, from 4 pm to 8 pm, and on Friday, from 10 am until the commencement of the service at the funeral home. Following the service, Ian's remains will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial contributions be directed to the family, care of Jim Jongkind, at 2900 Monroe St., La Porte, IN 46350 to be given to a charitable foundation of the familiy's choosing at a later date.

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Let us remember Ian for the light he brought into our lives and the indomitable spirit he exemplified.  He will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

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Friday, November 3, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center

2900 Monroe Street
La Porte, IN 46350

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Celebration of Life Service

Friday, November 3, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

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Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center

2900 Monroe Street
La Porte, IN 46350

*Standard text messaging rates apply.


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