Ivan "Ike" E. Whitford age 80 of St. Johns passed away on February 8, 2019 while doing one of his favorite things, being a crossing guard for school students. Ike was born on December 7, 1938 in Ashley, MI . On July 13, 1963 he married Janice "Toots" Shumaker. Ike was a hard worker from an early age in life. His family was the most important thing to him and he had a special place in his heart for all children. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorable discharged in 1968, and he worked and retired from Federal Mogul from 1957 to 1995. Ike started working for Andy T's in 1992 until now. He currently was working as a Crossing Guard for St. Johns Public Schools and he was a Little League Coach, dedicated MSU fan, and a strict democrat. He ran for the school board, was an Honorary Redwing, enjoyed cheering on the St. Johns Girls Basketball High School team and loved to camp with his family and friends. Survivors are his wife of 55 1/2 years Janice, sons, Michael Whitford (special friend Heidi) and Chris (Jenni) Whitford. Grandchildren, Jordan (Carly) Whitford, Stephanie Whitford, Austin Whitford, Megan Whitford, Talore Ellis and Hudson Ellis. Great grandson Boden Whitford. Sibling, brothers Merle of North Carolina, and Ronnie (Nancy) of Adrian, MI sisters Shirley (Jerry) Canze of Chesaning, MI and Brenda (Wayne) Stewart of St. Johns, MI. Ivan had many special nieces and nephews that he did many things with. A special thanks to Dr. Matt Wilcox for his care and comfort. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Marie Whitford, siblings Lois, Russel, Marvin, Johnny, Ruth, Margret and Earl. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor John Mattern officiating at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home and the family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home on Monday, February 11, 2019, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Burial will be at Mt. Rest Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Johns Girls Basketball Team or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. As Ivan was an avid Spartan and Redwings fan, please wear Spartan colors or Redwings Colors.
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