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SIDNEY KENNETH IVEY (KEN)
Born: May 30, 1942
Date of Passing: Oct 31, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
IVEY: Sidney Kenneth (Ken) Ivey, beloved husband of Susan Ivey of Virden, Manitoba passed away at Virden Health Centre on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at the age of 79 years. A private service was held at G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Barbara Alston officiating. Interment was in Virden Cemetery.
Ken Ivey was born in Virden, MB on May 30, 1942 to parents Dorothy and Sidney Ivey and spent all his life there. He had three sisters -Margaret, Shirley and Rose Marie and one brother Dennis. He attended Pacific School for Grades 1 to 8 and then Virden Collegiate, where he was in the student choir and was Valedictorian for his graduating class.
In August 1953, he contracted polio and spent the next thirteen-plus months in hospital in Winnipeg. Growing up he was a member of the Wallace 4-H Calf Club and later raised a herd of registered Polled Herefords. In 1964 Ken and his mother started a greenhouse as a hobby which developed into a business. Ken and Susan operated Ivey Greenhouses until 1985 when the business was sold.
Ken was active in the Presbyterian Young Peoples in St. Andrews Presbyterian Church as well as provincially for many years. He did his first sermon at St. Andrew's in 1958; did pulpit supply for over 50 years in Virden and area; Church Treasurer and on Board of Managers for 46 years; an Elder for 26 years; Sunday School teacher and superintendent for many years; member of Church Choir for 55 years, and choir director for many years.
Pursuing training as an accountant following high school, his first job was at Laird, Sprague and Company in Brandon (now MNP). In 1963 he returned to Virden to work for Jack Morrow, C.A. In 1966 he became the business manager at Virden Auction Mart. When the Roblin Auction Mart was built, he and Ken Wilkinson had a management contract for several years. When Walden Industries started in the Virden Airport buildings, Ken was their accountant from 1973 to 1975.
In 1971 he married Susan Hales. In 1977 they took a florist course and operated Ivey Florists in Virden until 1995 when they sold the business. In 1986 they built the Virden Shoppers Mall building, which they owned until 2013.
Ken was active in the Virden Chamber of Commerce as member and President; the Virden-Wallace Economic Development Board as Director and Chairman; Director on the Virden Area Foundation Board; and also in the Regional Wheat Belt Community Futures organization. In 1993, as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Ken was instrumental in the establishment of the Virden Employment Skills Centre Inc. and the local training program. He also was involved in the creation of the first "Indoor Rodeo" to be held in Virden during his stint on the Chamber of Commerce.
Ken and Susan were original members of Virden In Bloom Committee. In 1997, they travelled to Madrid, Spain, to represent Virden in the "Nations in Bloom" competition where Virden placed second in their population category.
In 1999, they became the Manitoba Representatives for the Canadian National Committee of Communities in Bloom. In 2000, Ken and Brenda Cameron, also of Virden, became the co-chairs of Manitoba in Bloom, which administered the program for Manitoba on an unpaid volunteer basis for ten years.
In 2009, Ken received the Prairie Garden Award for Excellence and also won the Project Evergreen Award presented by Landscape Manitoba. In 2016 Ken was chosen to receive the Governor General's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.
Ken was a very kind and caring man who never let his disability from polio hold him back from trying to do anything during his whole life. He was totally committed to family, friends, neighbours and his community at large. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Ken is survived by his loving wife, Susan and they just celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Oct 5th; his sister Margaret Scott and family (Sidney & Beverly Scott, Malcolm & Judy Scott, Heather & Paul Snider, Stephen & Angela Scott and their families; his sister Shirley Welch and family - Tayona & Carl Johnas, Janice Welch, Sandra & Russ Reimer, Jonathan & Caroline Welch and their families; his sister Rose Marie and Harold Thoms and family (Ryan and Mona Thoms, Dwight and their families; and Ken's brother Dennis and Marge Ivey and family (Michael & Kim Ivey and their girls, Dean & Gema Ivey, Kari Ivey and RJ McMurray). He is also survived by Judy and Brent McCleary (sister-in-law and brother-in-law).
Ken was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Sidney Ivey and brothers-in-law Norman Welch and Robert (Bob) Scott.
Publish Date: Nov 20, 2021
IVEY: Sidney Kenneth (Ken) Ivey, beloved husband of Susan Ivey of Virden, Manitoba passed away at Virden Health Centre Sunday, October 31, 2021 at the age of 79 years. A private funeral service will be held at Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Friday, November 5, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Barbara Alston officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. For those wishing to view a Live Stream of the service, please visit Ken's tribute page on the Carscadden website and follow the link. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in memory of Ken may be made to Virden and District Health Auxiliary Remembrance Fund P.O. Box 2526 Virden, MB R0M 2C0 or to Virden Pioneer Home Museum P.O. Box 2001 Virden, MB R0M 2C0.
E-mail messages of condolence or sign the on-line book of Condolences at www.carscaddenfuneralchapel.com
Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden
in care of arrangements.
Publish Date: Nov 3, 2021
As published in Brandon Sun on Nov 03, 2021, Nov 20, 2021
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