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Gerald K. "Ike" Ikard

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Gerald K. "Ike" Ikard Obituary
Gerald K. "Ike" Ikard, age 90, passed away at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho on March 24, 2018 under hospice care.
He was the youngest child of George and Alta (Witten) Ikard, born February 29, 1928 in Comanche County, Oklahoma. During a rough and tumble childhood, he enlisted in the Merchant Marine Service during World War II. After the war, he served a plumber's apprenticeship for a plumbing shop in Lawton, Oklahoma. Later, his work as a welder took him to wherever the union sent him, including Alaska, Ohio, Michigan and Wyoming, but he worked mainly in Idaho.
After a four year courtship, he married Dorothy J. Shiefer in April of 1950. The following January of 1951, Dorothy delivered premature identical twins, of which only Mike Ikard survived.
After several years working at the Savannah River Nuclear Production Facility performing ultra-precision pipefitting and welding, Ike and Dot moved to Blackfoot in 1955 and resided here since. Ike became a fifty-plus year member of Local Union #648, working at the Nuclear Reactor Testing Station now called INL. Ike was very proud to do his part to further the United States' development and understanding of nuclear power and all of its applications.
Ike was also a fifty-plus year member of the Masonic Lodge in Blackfoot, serving as a worshipful master and grand historian. He was District Deputy Grand Master from 1966-1967. He and Dot also loved many kinds of antiques, extending to antique, special interest muscle and classic automobiles. Car club and cruise night gatherings were always enjoyed.
He was a member of the Methodist church for over 60 years.
Ike is survived by his son, G. Michael Ikard of San Francisco, California; his sister Mildred Ikard Bourgeouis of Mooresville, North Carolina; and sisters-in-law Jean Ikard of Roanoke, Virginia and Gayle Ikard of Oklahoma City.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; his son Kenneth Ikard; his parents; and his brothers George W. Ikard and Jesse E. Ikard.
Special thanks to Darin and Cindy McDougall, Larry Christian, Kevin Heiner, Roland Webster, Jim Herndon, Dawn Schwartzenberger and many others. Bless you all.
The family is under the care of the Hawker Funeral Home. According to Ike's wishes, there will be no memorial service.
He did it his way. May God have mercy on his soul.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the ASPCA or a local animal shelter. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 29, 2018
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