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Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Wednesday May 21, 1997

OBITUARY ~ RICHARD C. IVES

Richard C. Ives was born April 29, 1926 in Diagonal, Iowa, to O.R. (Pete) and Faye (Brown) Ives and departed this life on May 5, 1997 at his home in Miami, Florida at the age of 71 years.

Dick grew up in Diagonal attending the local school. He graduated with the class of 1943 where he was outstanding in sports. He continued his education at the University of Iowa where he earned All-American Honors in basketball in the years 1944, 1945, and 1946. He led the Hawkeyes in scoring during these three years. His best season was his freshman season when he averaged 18.2 points per game. Included in that season was a 43 point game against Chicago. Dick's freshman scoring average remains the best in Iowa history. He was inducted into the Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.

Upon graduation from college he married Joan Newton and managed a hardware store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Soon after the birth of his daughter, Susan, they moved to Miami where he went to work at the Ready Potato Company. He retired and sold his portion of the business after 42 years of service. Even after his retirement in February of this year he continued to assist in the operation of the company.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, O.R. (Pete) Jr. and Max. Left to mourn his passing are his daughter, Susan and husband John Parilla; granddaughters, Deanna and Emily Parilla; and grandsons, John and Anthony Parilla, all of Coral Springs, Florida; and his companion of 14 years, Paula Horton of Miami, Florida.

Services were held at the United Church of Diagonal on May 9, 1997. Officiating was Rev. Pam Farren. Casketbearers were Dave Danner, Murry Weir, Charlie Mason, Bob Schulz, Ned Postels, Jack Spencer, and Dutch Schlesselman. Interment was in Diagonal Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home.

Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014

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A Hero's Farewell

Maybe it's old age, maybe it's nostalgia, but I thought it would be remiss of me not to write more than a couple of lines about the death of one of the University of Iowa's great basketball players. Dick Ives, 47BSPE, of Diagonal, IA. Dick resided in Miami, FL, when he died in May 1997.

Basketball at Iowa has always been good, sometimes very good, but until Dick Ives arrived on campus in 1943, Iowa had never contended for a championship like it did in our era, 1943-48. It was like Iowa's version of the film Hoosiers.

With three young Iowa teenagers only one year out of high school and in the starting lineup, the Hawks finished second in the Big Ten, losing the championship in the final week of competition in 1994. These three teenagers, all from Iowa, marked the start of "our golden era." They were Diagonal's Dick Ives, Davenport's Jack Spencer 49BSPE, and Iowa City's Dave Danner 47BA.

The next year Iowa won its first undisputed Big Ten basketball championship with a 17-1 record, The following year, 1946, the Hawkeyes finished third. 1 mention only some of the starters from that era who made the Hawks a perennial power: Herb and Clayton Wilkinson, from Salt Lake City, UT; Ned Pastel, from Grinnell; and Muscatine's Murray Wier.

At Dick's funeral, the Diagonal museum displayed all of Dick's clippings and basketball pictures and the pastor alluded to his many records and accomplishments. It was a touching tribute by the people of Diagonal to bring home a favorite son to his final resting place on a hill overlooking the town and his old high school where he came to prominence.

The silence in the cemetery in this small town of 300 people was deafening. When Dick was introduced as a young boy in the old Iowa Field House, more than 14,000 fans gave him standing ovations time after time. Dick was a three-time All-American, who led the league in scoring and set a single game record of 43 points.

It was an honor for me to be one of his pallbearers, along with former teammates Jack Spencer, Ned Pastel, Murray Wier, Dave Danner, Charles Mason, and good friend Dutch Schlesselman.

~ Bob Schultzm 50BSPE, 51MA
Des Moines, Iowa

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2015

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