|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1924|
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 2011|
TICHENOR, Ivan Eugene
Ivan Eugene Tichenor soared on eagle wings into heaven on August 23, 2011. He was born on September 2, 1924 in Opheim, Montana to Eddie and Clara (Mundy) Tichenor. His early years were spent on a homestead and then he followed his family to Glasgow, Montana where they operated a dairy farm. He attended a one-room school house, arriving by horse-back or by buggy. He was active in 4-H and took part in national competition in Memphis, Tennessee. He met and fell in love with Gwendolyn Ann Grayson, but WWII interrupted their future when he was drafted into the Army. During boot camp at Fort Benning, he raised his hand and inadvertently found himself a potential member of the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles". After completing training he was entitled to wear the "boots and wings" of an Army paratrooper. He had his insignia pinned on him by Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, wife of the general in command of the Allied offense in the European western front and future first lady. He was deployed to the European Theater and fought on the western front until receiving cease fire orders. Upon return to the states he returned to his other mission of making Gwendolyn his bride. They were married on June 14, 1947 in Glasgow, Montana. Ivan and Gwen had three children; Linda (Richard) Kunstmann, Newman Lake, Dennis (Karen) Tichenor, North Pole, Alaska, and Debra (Tom) Weeks, Spokane. Ivan was enrolled in the GI bill, took a job in a grain elevator, and a year later was promoted to manager. He worked for GTA (Grain Terminal Association) for the rest of his career finally ending as an animal feed specialist. Ivan's job took them to Chinook, Glendive, Missoula and finally to Spokane in 1976. Ivan and Gwen enjoyed their retirement years wintering in Hawaii and Canary Islands. Ivan loved the Spokane parks and made sure any visitors were taken to both Riverfront and Manito and marveled that those treasures were right in the city to enjoy. He enjoyed golfing at Hangman Hills, volunteering for the South Side Lions, (former President) and Moran United Methodist Church of which he was a member. He is survived by his bride of 64 years, his three children and their spouses, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Tuesday the world lost one more member of the greatest generation, and his family and friends mourn their loss and rejoice in the life of a true gentleman.
His interment will be on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 1:00 at Moran Cemetery with a Memorial service to follow at Moran United Methodist Church at 2:00.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ivan's name to Hospice of Spokane. Their support in the last month of Ivan's life is greatly appreciated or to Moran United Methodist Church in honor of Pastor Barbara who never left our side as Ivan soared. Special thanks to Harbor Glen especially Jon, your gentle caring was so special and Vera who took so much extra time to nourish Ivan.
SPOKANE CREMATION & FUNERAL SERVICE, Spokane, WA
Published in Spokesman-Review from August 27 to August 28, 2011
Edward Romaine Tichenor (1887 - 1974)
Clara Annabelle Mundy Tichenor (1891 - 1966)
Roy C Tichenor (1912 - 1960)*
Ivan Eugene Tichenor (1924 - 2011)
Evelyn Tichenor Berg (1927 - 1998)*
Dale Donald Tichenor (1933 - 1981)**
Created by: Patricia Hampton
Record added: Jun 26, 2012
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