Dr. Luther Isaac Ike

Dr. Luther Isaac Ike

August 23, 1935 ~ March 15, 2020

Luther was preceded in death by his father Peyton Ike Sr., his mother, Geneva Ike, sister Marie Tilford and brother, Peyton Ike Jr.

Luther leaves to cherish his memory his wife Clara Ike, three sons, Roderick (Sakia), Reginald (Ellisa), Sean, one daughter, Lesley, five grandchildren, Mykayla, Iman Lawrence, Nathaniel, Nicole, Ikera, and one nephew, Celester Harrison.

Dr. Ike attended Parker High School in Alabama where he was the Valedictorian. Afterwards, he attended Talledega College in Alabama where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, (Alpha Beta chapter), and where he won an oratorical contest. Luther was awarded a full scholarship to
attended Howard University’s Dental School. (Significant since blacks in Alabama were not allowed to attend their state’s graduate schools). Luther graduated with honors, (ranked third academically in his class), and was recognized by the university as being most proficient in his class

After dental school, Luther served as a Captain in the United States Air Force, serving in New Jersey and England, returning to the United States with an honorable discharge.

Luther is the founder of Wolfe Park Tennis Association in Columbus, Ohio where he played for almost 50 years.

Due to the Corona virus limitations, at this time, services will be for family only at 10:00 am Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Saint Philips Episcopal church. Once restrictions are lifted, there will be a public as
well as a military burial.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial donation to Saint Philips Episcopal Church, 166 Woodland Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43203 be made in Dr. Luther I. Ike’s name.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Paul Thomas Young

    Doc, I always enjoyed every day I got to play tennis with you. You were a joy to be around, especially the way you had nicknames and kidded the guys and gals alike. I hope I can enjoy myself on the courts as long as you did, but maybe without that duck-walk run you had in your get-along. May God Bless you, Keep you and give your Soul rest.

  2. My sincere condolences to the entires Ike family. I knew Luther m for many years through the Wolfe Park Tennis Association. My prayers are with you all.

  3. To the Ike family,
    Prayers to all of you at this time!!
    Sorry to hear.
    Rob and Gail Taylor

  4. I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. We are saddened to learn about your family loss.
    May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge in your time of sorrow. Thinking of you all.

  6. Freddie L. Jordan, Ph.D.

    Dr. Ike was a southern proper gentle! I liked that. He was not a bully or a bulls—ter.
    He honestly modeled his love of community by outward expression in both secular and religious exercises. He had an honest and quite confidence! I liked that too!
    He was an encourager and was always inclusive. I think this virtue was earned on the other side of the struggle.
    You know his living mattered because he touched so many lives and leaves a legacy of love and humility of someone who carried the inner most thoughts of a good and Godly man.
    May Dr. Ike’s Spirit be received as a sweet fragrance to his Heavenly Maker!
    Adieu, my good friend!❤️

    God’s peace and blessings to the Family,
    Freddie L. Jordan, Ph.D.
    Your Fannie Lou Hamer Neighbor

  7. Jacqueline Frazier Smith

    Rest easy my dear friend. Your acts of kindness to my family will never be forgotten. You went above and beyond expectation to all of my children ” Uncle Luther ” and the memory of you will be forever cherished . You may now take your place in the tenor section of the Heavenly Choir and the Tennis Team. Until we meet again much love to you from The Michael Frazier Family. Condolences and love to Clara and the children. Tell Mikki hello for me.

  8. Prayers and condolences to the family.

  9. With Deepest Condolences, I have you in my thoughts and prayers. May God and the memories comfort you. Hugs and Kisses

  10. Claudia Isom Harris

    Dr. Ike will truly be missed. He took care of my dental needs as a child, and he encouraged me at church up until recently with his rich, baritone speaking and singing voices. I told him just a few weeks ago that he could easily land a job doing voice-overs. Rest in Heaven, Dr. Ike.

  11. May the Perfect Strength of Allah (God) comfort all who knew and loved Dr. Ike. May Allah (God) be pleased with him.

  12. I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort, strengthen and give you peace now and in the days ahead.

  13. Dear Reggie and Ike family,

    Luther was always good to us ragamuffins at St. Phillips. He was a familiar fixture at the church and I remember seeing him in his tennis whites. He always had a kind word for me and I loved his sense of humor. As you move through this difficult time, I hope happy memories are a comfort. Joellyn Craig

  14. Kim (Rhodes) Weaver

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one, you are in my prayers

  15. Whenever I needed a tennis player Ike would say YES. Always a gentleman on the court. God bless your soul Ike.

  16. Clara and Family
    With Love and Condolences.
    My the Spirit Of The Lord go before You Making Your Way Clear and Easy.
    Blessings to you and your Family..

  17. Clara, Reggie and other family members.
    My sincerest condolences you all for the loss of the presence of your beloved Luther. He did not leave you. He rests in your heart and memory.

  18. Sorry about your loss.

  19. Will miss you and that wicked forehand on the tennis court. You were always nice to talk to. My Condolences to your family (Ike).

  20. I am very sorry for your loss. You dad was a great man and father.That’s all we can ask to do in this life Cut our own path and be good person and father to our children.
    Love Todd Timler and family.

  21. Reggie and Family,
    The Lord be with you.
    Cynthia Bronson and Family

  22. Man im so heart broken. Ive know Dr Ike since I was 16, 17 years old. He was always kind to me. I liked playing tennis with him and enjoyed having conversations with him. As i got older i learned to appreciate him even more. I thought that one day he would sit down and relax…but tennis was his relaxation. Even when no one was out at Wolfe you could ride by the courts and he would be out there just waiting for someone to hit with him. I will miss him….my condolences go out to the family.

  23. I wish that I could say something that would fill the void that we all feel from this loss. Dr. Ike was the kind of individual that you took for granted would always be around. He was always kind to my wife and I and knew me since I was a teenager. He will be missed.

  24. I will always remember that voice of kindness and his generosity. What a wonderful man and friend. My love and prayers are with the family.

  25. Reggie and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Kathleen Butler – Dr. Roger & Louise Williams

  26. Charles and Beverly MCNeal

    Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed Luther. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days. Our most heartfelt condolences.

  27. Prayers for the family

  28. To The Beloved Family of Dr. Luther I. Ike
    Clara,Roderick,Reggie, Sean, and Lesley, Just know because of you and much more, his living was not in vain. THE LORD is saying ; ” Well done, faithful servant. My prayers and good memories are with you all, Mary Goings

  29. Cynthia E. Sands

    Please accept our sympathy on the death of Dr. Luther Ike. We met Dr. Ike many years ago- he was our dentist in the 80’s. He was truly a very nice person. Please know the family will be in our prayers.

    Billy & Cynthia

  30. The Vernon Rogers Family

    To The Ike Family,
    We offer our deepest condolences for your loss. Dr. Ike will always be remembered as a kind-hearted friend who gave unselfishly in his service to God, to the church and to the community. May God be with you and bless you. May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you and grant you peace. And may the Holy Spirit strengthen and guide you through this difficult time.

  31. Brenda Miller Stewart and Catherine Anderson

    Mrs. Ike,
    Our sincere condolences at the passing of your beloved husband, Dr. Ike. We’re Praying God give you and your family peace and strength that surpasses all understanding! Catherine Anderson forwarded me the beautiful obituary, and I’m thankful she did.
    She said Dr. Ike helped her get over the fear of dentist!
    We were choir students of your from EHS.
    We both live in Cincinnati, Ohio, and incidentally we became teachers too. We would love to talk to you at a more appropriate time. We still have family in Columbus.
    With warm thoughts and prayers.
    Brenda Miller (Stewart) and Catherine Anderson. (EHS Class of 1970

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