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Isaac Lewers Koby (1937-2019)


Isaac Lewers Koby was born January 4, 1937 at his Aunt’s home in Sedgwick, Kansas to Lyle Dewey and Lelah Nora (Crawford) Koby. He was the last of eight Koby children. Known as “Ike” by all, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 in Waxahachie, Texas. Ike attended Sedgwick Schools where he participated in athletics and graduated in 1955. He delivered newspapers in Sedgwick starting at age six and started working for farmers around Sedgwick at ten years old. He was a “Printers Devil” for the Sedgwick Pantagraph newspaper in the seventh and eighth grades. At the age of thirteen he began working on a farm for the Morris McGinn family after school, weekends and summers and continued through his college years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Education and History and Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, graduating in 1960. He played football and was co-captain of the football team his senior year. On August 22, 1959 Ike married Irene Martha Graham at the Tisdale Methodist Church of Winfield. Shortly after, Ike began his sixyear teaching and coaching career at Hoisington and Winfield, Kansas where he advanced to Head Coach of Football. He loved sports but even more, loved to win and inspire students to achieve. During summer months he coordinated the Winfield City Recreation baseball program and facilities. Ike and Irene had two children. Kris Lanette was born in 1960 at Hoisington and Kirk Laine was born in 1963 at Winfield. Ike took an active part in coaching Kris’ and Kirk’s athletic activities when they were young. Ike changed careers and became a marketing representative for Mobil Oil Company and later a buyer in the Purchasing Department of Boeing Aircraft. In 1969 Ike and Irene, along with their children, Kris and Kirk, moved to Texas where for the next fourteen years Ike was employed by LTV, Bell Helicopter and Mitsubishi Aircraft. In 1983, he joined MCI Telecommunications as a Manager in the Purchasing Department which took Ike and Irene to Washington DC, eventually back to Texas, and Ike retired from MCI the end of 1998. He was a lifetime member of the National Association of Purchasing Managers. For several years, Ike and Irene had enjoyed weekends with many friends and family members at their Cedar Creek Lake home and that became the retirement location until moving to Ennis in 2005. At every opportunity they also traveled and over the years visited all fifty states of the United States plus four continents. Ike looked forward to the yearly family reunions as they were always a special fun time. Especially nice was any and all times with children, grandchildren and great-grandchidren, which was always fun at times a little crazy. Ike is preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Cleet Clark and Ruth and Bill Sheffler; brother and sisterin-law, Ralph and Carroll Koby; brother, Roy Koby; brother-in-laws; Melvin Strausz and Gene Shepherd and sister-in-law, Betty Koby. His survivors include his wife, Irene; his daughter and son-in-law, Kris and Terry Penny; his son, Kirk; three granddaughters, Brittany McFadden and husband, Chris; Rachel Lassiter and husband, Joe and Kaylee Koby; three great-grandchildren: Ellie McFadden, Lyle and Kolbe Lassiter; sisters; Viola Strausz and Ermina Shepherd; and brother, Lloyd Koby. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Myrtle Cemetery, Ennis, Texas, at the corner of Knox and Myrtle Streets. Instead of flowers memorial donation are suggested for Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis County, 105 East Kirkpatrick, Cleburne, Texas 76031 and your local Chapter of the American Heart Association.

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