Elvin "Ike" Ferres Jr., 80, of Wakeman, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in Briarfield of Milan.
He was born Dec. 15, 1927, the son of Elvin and Bernice Ferres. A native of Bellevue, he graduated from Bellevue High School in 1945, where he was a member of the 1945 basketball champs called the Whiz Kids.
Ike joined the Navy after graduation, serving 39 months as a G.C.A. radar operator. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education and his master's degree from Bowling Green State University, where he also acquired his administration degree. After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1953, he began his teaching career in Scio, Ohio, where he taught and coached for five years. He came to Wakeman in 1958 from Scio and began his career as a coach, teacher, principal and superintendent of Western Reserve School District which lasted 27 years. He was a member of Western Reserve Local Teacher Association, Huron County Teacher Association and the Ohio Educational Association during his career. He was a committee member of Cub Pack 238 of Wakeman and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed coaching, golfing, swimming, watching sporting events. He traveled to 48 of the 50 states.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Fisher, whom he married May 29, 1954, in Norwalk; son, Donald (Georgette) Ferres of Vermilion; daughter, Lila (Dan) Lewis of Berlin Heights; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; three great-stepgrandchildren; four sisters, Eileen Idle, Bernice Close, Ruth Griffith and Evelyn (John) Hill; and four brothers, Charles (Yvonne) Ferres, Robert (Louise) Ferres, Ronald Ferres and William Ferres.
Ike was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Shirley and Judith; brother, Richard; two brothers-in-law, Robert Idle and Art Close; and sister-in-law, Glenda Ferres.
Friends and family will be received from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. Friday until funeral service at 11 a.m. in Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Norwalk.
Memorial contributions may be made to Western Reserve Athletic Fund, 3841 US 20 E., Collins, OH, 44826.
Condolences may be sent atnorwalkfuneral.com.