Iqbal Sekhon
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.
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Uncle Ike was simply the best...10 years later and he is still missed more than words could ever express!
Love you Uncle Ji
Bobby Braich
July 25, 2016
For Dee and the kids, I was glad Mom and Rita could be there to honor Ike and express their feelings of our entire family. We all loved and treasured Ike. I have several very fond memories of Ike: him showing up in Kemp in that '57 T-Bird that made him about the most different thing you could ever expect to experience on the Greenlee farm in the 1950's, Ike coming to the Johnson Station school in Arlington to wrap turbans and drape saris for my sisters school and the very special way he made me, my date (now my wife) and my friends feel at LaTunisia in the early '60's after the prom and after hours. Always warm and always friendly and obviously loving to all of his close and extended family. I will miss him . Love, Leo, Jr.
Leo Rickmers
June 20, 2006
I would like to offer my sincere sympathy to the Sekhon family on the passing of Ike Sekhon. I was able to meet him through a friendship I share with one of his sons Rajah.

I was always touched by his kindness and warmth. Through the years I became aquainted with many people who knew him and they share the same opinion of this wonderful man.

I can attest that his legacy and zest for life will carry on through his children. One of which I'm proud to call one of my best friends.
Greg Bailey
June 19, 2006
Sekhon family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul and Melissa Hinman
June 18, 2006
I recall a wonderful visit to
La Tunisia in August of 1959 when
I was 15 years old. I went with my
parents and one of my parent's friends whose sister was visiting from Dayton Ohio.
Then in November of 1996 Craig Spitzberg of Dallas wrote a wonderful letter to the Dallas Morning News about Restaurants in
Dallas that no longer exist and mentioned La Tunisia and 'Ike' Sekhon.
Donald Nelson
June 17, 2006
My deepest condolences to the entire Sekhon family. You are in my prayers at this difficult time. Mr. Sekhon was blessed man to have have a wonderful family.

I always had such great respect and admiration for Mr. Sekhon. I am proud I was able to know him. I will truly miss seeing him on my trips back to the old neighborhood and talking about golf.

I will always have all the wonderful memories of growing up with the Sekhon family. I am grateful for that.

Respectfully,
Greg Tant
Greg Tant
June 17, 2006
dearest uncle ike,
you were Dad's best friend. you were so kind as to give his eulogy. i wanted to know you so much better, uncle. i am sorry for not knowing you in the way i wished. for what it's worth, i bet you and dad hung out today. i love you guys. -dr. kang ;)
Kavita Kang
June 17, 2006
dearest uncle ike,
you were Dad's best friend. you were so kind as to give his eulogy. i wanted to know you so much better, uncle. i am sorry for not knowing you in the way i wished. for what it's worth, i bet you and dad hung out today. i love you guys. -dr. kang ;)
June 17, 2006
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