SEKHON, , IQBAL "IKE" SINGH Born November 1, 1929, in Patiala, Punjab, India passed away June 13, 2006 in Dallas after a heroic battle with lymphoma. He was 76. Ike was a great friend to many, a great humanitarian, and a promoter of goodwill among men of all religions and nations. After graduating from Mahendra University in Patiala, India, he traveled to the U.S. in 1954 to attend Fresno State University in California. Ike moved to Dallas in 1956 to attend SMU's Graduate School of Business at SMU where he met and married Dolores "Dee" Brooks of Kaufman, Texas in 1958. Ike and Dee marked 48 years of marriage on June 7, 2006. A charismatic "people person", Ike became a true Dallas icon over his long career in the restaurant business at Safari, followed by La Tunisia, and later the Commerce Club. Ike was also the owner and operator of Rajah's Custom Clothiers for over 20 years. Ike loved America and all that it stands for and was proud to become a US citizen in 1966. During his 50 years as a citizen of Dallas, Ike served as a goodwill ambassador, public speaker, and is referred to as the "Patriarch of the Indian community." Over the years he welcomed and mentored countless Indian families new to the area. Some of Ike's accomplishments include Founding President of the India Association of North Texas, Founding President of the Punjabi Cultural Association of North Texas, and Founder of the Sikh Gudwara of North Texas. Ike enjoyed a life-long enthusiasm for sports. He was a Dallas Cowboy fan from their beginning and never missed a game. He captained his college tennis team and founded the Dallas County Cricket Club, but his true passion was golf. Ike founded the Indus Golf Association of North Texas and was honored to have the "Iron Ike" golf tournament bear his name. Ike is preceded in death by his parents, Trilochan and Tejinder Sekhon, of Patiala, Punjab, India. Ike is survived by his wife Dee, children and their spouses Tunisia and Scott Singleton of Austin, Punjab and Lori Sekhon of Dallas, Schehera and Greg Guetzloe of San Antonio, Rajah Sekhon of Carrollton, Tex and Jennifer Sekhon of Allen; grandchildren Justin, Mason and Rebekah Singleton of Austin, Seth and Anna Sekhon of Dallas, Erin and Tara Guetzloe of San Antonio, Ashley, Will and Lindsey Sekhon of Allen; brother Hardial Sekhon of Patiala, Punjab, India, sisters Surjit Braich of Mission, British Colombia, Canada and Sharon Virk of Wilsonville, Oregon along with numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on June 19th at Restland Funeral Home located at Greenville Ave. and Walnut Street. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Lymphoma Research Foundation at 111 Broadway, 19th floor, New York, NY, 10006 or www.lymphoma.org.
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Published by Dallas Morning News on Jun. 17, 2006.