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John P. Ickes

May 28, 1937 — March 23, 2023

John P. Ickes, 85, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Greenville, Ohio.

He was born on May 28, 1937, in Portland, Indiana, to the late Lano and Mabel (Whitacre) Ickes.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (Rhine) Ickes, whom he married on February 18, 1972, and who passed away on June 28, 2021.

John is survived by his children, Morton (Susan) Pugh of Fort Recovery, Jeffrey (Virginia) Pugh of Fort Recovery, Annette Pugh of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Julie Ickes of Orlando, Florida; his grandchildren, Sierra (Alex) Kaiser, Rachel Pugh, and Mitchell Pugh, all of Fort Recovery.

John graduated from Portland High School and then attended Purdue University, until he returned home to work on the family farm. As a lifelong farmer, John raised registered Angus cattle and had an independent chicken house for over 30 years. He also worked for New Idea as an inspector and hauled stone and gravel for many years.

He was one of the original members of the Fort Recovery Ambassadors and was in charge of the advertising for the annual tractor pulls. John was also a member of the Fort Recovery Cemetery Board for over 40 years. In his free time, John loved to go bowling. Along with Wanda, John was active in several bowling leagues each year. Aside from bowling, John was also an avid blackjack player, where he enjoyed playing at the riverboat and in Las Vegas. He was a Cincinnati Reds and Purdue Boilermakers fan. Above all, the most important thing to John was his family, whom he cherished dearly.

The family will receive guests on Monday, March 27, 2023, from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Brockman Boeckman Funeral Home in Fort Recovery.

A private family funeral service will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, with Mike Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery in Fort Recovery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Rest Haven Nursing Home's Resident Aid Fund, 1096 N. Ohio St., Greenville, Ohio 45331.

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Monday, March 27, 2023

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Brockman Boeckman Funeral Home

308 S. Wayne Street, Fort Recovery, OH 45846

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