Ivan Gail "Ike" Shreve Sr.
February 4, 1932 – June 9, 2021
“He was a grouchy good guy.” That's how Kathryn “Kat" Shreve described her father, Ivan Gail “Ike" Shreve, Sr. to the palliative care physician as the decision was made to place him in hospice care at Athens Piedmont Hospital in Georgia. The 89-year-old veteran and retiree who resided in Winterville died on June 9, 2021 after complications from a long illness.
Born in Mill Creek, West Virginia on February 4, 1932 to Stephen Andrew and Bertha Mae (Riffle) Shreve, Ike had five brothers (Bryan [deceased], Eldon [deceased], Hayward [deceased], Marvin, and Raymond) and two sisters (Natalie and Nancy). He was educated at various primary schools in West Virginia and Ohio, graduating from Pennsboro (WV) High School in 1949. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1952, Ike attended Chicago's Allied Institute of Technology, which supplied him with the skills to become an engineer-draftsman, embarking on a number of assignments as a “job shopper" -- notably for RJ Reynolds in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was there that he met and married his wife of 58 years, Irene Ann (Sullivan) Shreve, on December 15, 1962. Ike's longest periods of employment were with Kaiser Aluminum (Ravenswood, WV) from 1972 to 1982 and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Savannah, GA) from 1982 to 1994. Ike retired in 1994 and enjoyed his hobbies of collecting antiques and flea marketing.
Ike is survived by his spouse Irene; three children--son Ivan, Jr. of Winterville, GA; daughters Kathryn “Kat" Elisabeth Shreve & spouse Katherine “Katie” Marie Johnson of Marietta, GA and Deborah Ann (Shreve) Wrenn & spouse Craige Charles Wrenn of West Des Moines, IA; and two grandchildren, Rachel Ann Wrenn and Davis Cooper Johnson-Shreve. The family has requested there be no service (Ike's arrangements for cremation are being handled by Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 706-543-7373) and in lieu of flowers donations be made in memory of Ivan G. Shreve, Sr. at https://www.campkudzu.org/give/.
“Life is for the living Death is for the dead Let life be like music And death a note unsaid.” -- Langston Hughes