Ivan Wicke

John P. St. John Memorial High School
Class of 1954

(Feb. 7, 1936 —       )

From a young age, Ivan learned valuable life lessons from his parents who were proprietors of a downtown Olathe business. He was active in many school sports, and that is where he learned the value of teamwork. Ivan served 16 years as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and as a sergeant first class in the Kansas National Guard. Over the next 33 years, Ivan served the community as a member of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department before retiring as a lieutenant in charge of investigations for crimes against persons and property. Retirement gave Ivan the opportunity to volunteer with a variety of humanitarian service and community based organizations by traveling to areas struck by disaster. He assisted after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and tornadoes struck Greensburg, Kan., and Joplin, Mo.