Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Ivan S. Kennard, March 29, 1922 - April 4, 2015

Don Gher shared this information:
Obituary for Ivan S. Kennard
(Excerpted from Moore Funeral Homes, lots of great photos in the Tribute section)

Ivan (“Ike”) Kennard, 93, died Saturday, April 4, 2015, at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ike was born on March 29, 1922, in Lawrence County, Illinois, to Ephraim Henry Kennard and Hattie Leora Schrodt. He married Joan King on April 23, 1943. She survives along with their daughter Marlys Fallen and husband Carl, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ike attended Eastern Illinois University and was a World War II Navy pilot and flight instructor. After the war, he returned to Charleston where he lived until September 2011 when he and Joan moved to Tulsa. Ike was the owner of "Ike's Little Campus" across the street from Eastern Illinois University. He was a longtime supporter of EIU.

Besides his wife and daughter, Ike is survived by his older brother Joseph Kennard, Coral Gables, Florida, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Phyllis Copeland, Kathryn Hacker, Elaine Mahon and Frances Brooks; and his brothers Hayes and Rex Kennard, and his sons Stephen Wayne Kennard and Michael King Kennard.

Click here for more from EIU.

1 comment:

Larry Johnson said...

Jarman, Jarad (Dec. 22, 2017). New owner determined to make Ike's as it was. Journal Gazette and Times Courier.

CHARLESTON -- Tammy Bell is a traditionalist when she sees Ike's Bar.
The establishment had been a longstanding feature of the Lincoln Avenue strip, but more importantly to Bell, it was always a traditional bar. For her, it was a place she saw people share memories.
"It was a home away from home for a lot of people," she said. "There's a lot of people over the last 70-some years that have actually met their spouses here, made their best friends here, celebrated things here."

The Mother's bar owner started her career in the bar scene in 1996 as a bartender at Ike's and since has played one role or another at Ike's for most of her adult life with the exception of a seven-year period away.

So, when she was afforded the opportunity to take ownership of Ike's, she knew she wanted to instill the same feelings she and others had in the place years ago.

Andrew Phipps, the previous owner, had sought her out to take over the bar and she accepted earlier this year. It was serendipitous for her to take over and continue what Ike Kennerd, the original bar owner, had in mind when he made the bar.

And over the last several months, Bell said she has been making changes to return the bar back to the way she and others that have returned to see it remember it. This included returning the old booths back to where they originally sat on the east side wall.

"For me, that is what Ike's was," Bell said. "Ever since I can remember and even before that, people would get snuggled into those booths for an afternoon or an evening."

Since, she has also made a completely different menu during dining hours with a renovated kitchen. Other than learning to get better acquainted with social media, though, Bell said she will continue to ensure that the atmosphere of Ike's that she fell in love with as a bartender all those years ago never changes.

She said she plans to "make sure it always remains Ike's."

Ike's Bar is open from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday with a closed kitchen at 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until midnight.