Carl Eugene Ikenberry, 86, of Baxter Springs, Kan., passed away at his home surrounded by his family on December 27, 2017.
Born November 10, 1931, in Quinter, Kan., he was the son of the late Harold E. and Wilma Ikenberry.
Carl grew up on a farm in Western Kansas. He graduated from Quinter High School in 1950. Upon graduation, he completed one semester at Kansas State University and then served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He served four years in the Navy, two years in the Reserves, and 25 years in the Naval Ready Reserves. He began his career as an HVAC Technician after graduating from Pittsburg State University. He worked for Montgomery Wards and Dolly Madison before moving to Baxter Springs, Kan. in 1971 to open a new appliance store. In 1975, he embarked on a new career path as he began teaching vocational classes in the evenings. However, it wasn’t until he began teaching full-time at Franklin Technical school did he realize his passion for teaching. He had found his calling. He went on to complete his Masters from the University of Missouri in his late 50’s and taught for 15 years before retiring. He was an active member of the American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, and Naval Reserve Association. As a member of VFW Post 408 for 40 years, he served in several leadership roles (Quartermaster – 5 years, Commander – 5 years, 3rd District Commander – 2 years, and he was appointed to National Military Services for 3 years). He loved his community and served on the City Council from 2013-2017. He was also a regular at Weston’s Café for breakfast with his buddies.
He is survived by his loving wife Betty of 62 years. They were married in Yuma, Ariz. on October 1, 1955. He is lovingly remembered by his sons, Harold Ikenberry of Seneca, Mo. Larry Ikenberry of Joplin, Mo., and Wayne (the late Robyn) Ikenberry of Carthage, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Ticey (Harold) Geyer, Alex Ikenberry, Nick (Rhonda) Ikenberry, Nichole Manion, Katie (Jesse) Short, Dalton (Kimberly) Ikenberry, Jesse Ikenberry, and Joey Ikenberry and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Cloyd of Quinter, Kan. and by nieces, nephews, and extended family. Carl was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.
A special thank you to Hospice Compassus for their loving care and support. Also thank you to Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel for all of the arrangements.
A military service will be held on Friday, January 12th at 10am at the Fort Scott National Cemetery, 900 E National Ave, Fort Scott, KS 66701. That afternoon a Celebration of Life service will follow from 3 to 5 p.m. at the VFW Post 408, 930 W 9th, Baxter Springs, KS 66713.
Donations in his name may be made to: VFW Post 408, 930 W 9th, Baxter Springs, KS 66713 or Franklin Technology Center, 3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801.