Joseph Ivy Tuesday, May 29, 1928 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

Joseph Ivy was born May 29, 1928 in Cairo,Illinois. He was the fifth child of fifteen children born to the union of Prince Sr. and Bessie Terrell Ivy. Joseph received his formal education through the Cairo, Illinois public school system. He was a 1946 graduate of Sumner High School. While he was attending high school, he was called the fastest track person in his school and surrounding schools. During the 1945 Illinois State Track meet he won the individual medalist in the 440-yard dash as well as many other trophies for Sumner High School “Red Devils”. After high school, he attended junior college and on July 6, 1946 he entered the United States Army. There he continued his track career and was a member of the U.S. Army AGFPC Track and Field Team that competed in many inter-command championships in Tokyo. While in the military he earned the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on June 30, 1948. Joseph married Ruth E. Gaddy on September 9, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. From this union five daughters were born. Joseph relocated his family from Chicago, Illinois to Topeka on April 4, 1968. He united with Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in June of 1968 where he later was a Deacon in training under the leadership of Dr. W.L. Templeton. Joseph worked for the United States Postal Service – Postal Supply Depot as a forklift driver until he retired. He loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed fishing and fixing on cars. During the 1980’s he was also co-owner of the former Mid-American Aviation along with James Bolden, Richard Wayne and Henry Austin. Joseph received his reward of eternal rest on May 21, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, parents, Prince Sr. and Bessie Terrall, one granddaughter, Tameka L. Ivy, and eleven brothers and sisters. Joseph leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Linda (Don) Perkins, Diane Bowen, Audrey Ivy, Terry Hurt and Cassie Ivy; 12 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 22 great great-grandchildren; five sisters, Deloris Ivy-Hunt of Cairo, Illinois, Shirley (Maurice) Jordan of Future City, Illinois, Ann Jones of Cairo, Illinois, Velma Ivy-Brown of Washington, DC and Cheryl (Darryl) Houston of Mounds, Illinois; one very special lifelong friend, L.C. Cole of St. Augustine, Florida and a great host of nieces, nephews and cousins that loved him dearly. A visitation and service will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 4700 SW 17th Street, Topeka, Kansas.

 Linda at three in the IVY  Family I just recently learned about the passing of you loved one.  I want to express my condolences and I have the memories you shared with him give you comfort is they have comforted me

 To Linda Audrey and the Ivy family I just recently found out about your loved one and I wanted to express my condolences. I am thinking back on the memories And I shared with the family. I hope you get comfort in the memories that you had with your father.

 To Linda, Audrey and the IVY  Family I recently heard about the passing of your loved one. It brought to mind all of the fun times I had with the family and I hope good memories will ease the pain of your loss. He was a really good man and I will miss him.

My sincere condolences to the family. May you find strength and comfort through your loving family and friends and through beautiful memories. Please know that God is near to those who are broken at heart. ( Revelation 21:3-5; Psalms 37:11,29) I hope these scriptures bring you some comfort during this difficult time. 




Linda and Family sorry I did not know of your Dad's passing until I just read his orbituary online. I enjoyed talking to him about his military travel and track. Sorry for your loss. Mr. Ivy RIP

Brother Ivy's daughters: Linda, Diane, Audrey, Terry and Cassie.

Rest in peace...

To the Ivy Family:

Our church family is sadden by the passing of your beloved father. Deacon Ivy was truly a man after God's own heart. Please find comfort and peace in your memories and in God's holy word. We will continue to lift your family up in our prayers.

Rest in peace

To the family of Mr. Joe Ivy, my family would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the lost of your love one.We pray that the loving memories of the life that your love one lived, will bring peace beyond understanding, at such a time as this. May the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, comfort and keep you all.