William Dale Ivey
July 26, 1927 – February 25, 2019
On February 25, 2019, the country lost another member of the Greatest Generation. William D. “Bill” Ivey passed away from natural causes. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn Adams Ivey, sons Bill Jr. (Debbie) and Fred, daughter Vicki (Todd), two granddaughters Heather (John) and Kelly, sister Barbara Reed, sister-in-law Carolyn Adams, three nephews and one niece. He is pre-deceased by his parents and younger brother Jackie. Born July 26, 1927 in St. Paul to Clarence and Margaret (Lorentz) Ivey, Bill joined the Navy at 17 to fight WWII, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He later served in the Army during the Korean War, and remained in the Army Reserves, retiring as a colonel, as he pursued a highly successful career as a program manager at Sperry and Unisys. While stationed in Japan in 1950, he met the love of his life Evelyn who was a Department of Defense teacher, and they married before returning to the States. They spent the next 67 years side by side, raising a family, supporting their church, and traveling extensively in retirement. A loving and devoted husband, father, and Papa, he is remembered as an honest and direct mentor, teammate, and friend. His absolute integrity, work ethic, and insistence on high standards marked his military and civilian careers, and how he approached his family. He left an indelible impression in all who knew him. Services will be 11:30 AM Monday June 17, 2019 at Wulff-Godbout Funeral Home 560 W. 7th St, St. Paul with interment at Ft.Snelling National Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to Homes For Our Troops, www.hfotusa.org, as Bill would want to continue to take care of his Soldiers.
- Funeral Service Monday, June 17, 2019
- Burial Monday, June 17, 2019