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“Kenny, sorry for your loss have not seen you since Lindsey ,s grad party .but every (nascar) sunday I think of when were a team at the ZOO ..AND...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: RON EWING - Lakeland, FL - Friend

“I am truly sorry to see Ivan has Passed, He was a long time friend , and super person. He will be missed every day.I'm so sorry i did not get a...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: James Ronning - Albion, MI

“Gaylyn so sorry to hear about Ivan's passing. I know he is at peacehealthy and happy. He will be missed but remembered. You takecare of yourself....Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Vernona Pollard - Friend

“My condolences to the family. Ivan was missed when he retired. He always talked about his family and his trips. Blessings to you and your family. ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Karen Loud - Battle Creek, MI

“We're sorry for your loss. You're family is in our thoughts and prayers. -Rob and Heather (Green) Freeland ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Heather Freeland (Green) - SC

“Cheryl and I worked at the Justice Center with Ivan for 20 years. Ivan was always so pleasant and friendly. He also could create anything with any...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Jim and Cheryl McDonagh - MI

“Please know that many caring thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Marty Whitmore/Patterson - MI

“To the family Of Ivan Head. I only knew him for a few years. Was always welcome at there home. The whole family treated me as one of the Family. Will...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Leon Fales - Gobles, MI

“Thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time. ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Kyle Westphal - Ensley center, MI

“Sorry for your lost maryann,Kenny, and buddy, he was a good man. Thoughts and prayers are with you ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Jackson Kincaid

“My thoughts and prayers to his family ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Cherie Jonesco - MI - Coworker

“Gaylyn, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss. ❤ ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Bob&Patti Hubbard - East Leroy, MI

“So sorry for your loss. Your whole family are in my family's thoughts and prayers. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Jennifer Ansell - Kentwood, MI

“So sorry Gaylyn and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Heather Jude - Battle Creek, MI

“I always looked up to Ivan as a man who lived his life to the fullest. We were always so impressed with his many, many accomplishments - he was quite...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Karen Dean - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry to hear of Ivan's passing. Keeping you in our prayers. Let us know if there is anything we can do. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Emile, Kenneth, & Renee Hennaut - MI

“We are so sorry for your loss of your dear Ivan. We all loved him so much and he will be so missed by all who knew him. Always loved to hear his...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Ralph & Suzie Worden - Climax,, MI

“so so sorry Kenny,Buddy my thoughts and prayers for you and all family RIH Ivan ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: cheryl swift - Kal., MI - Friend

“Gaylynn, we are so sorry to hear IVAN passed away. He was such a special friend to us for so many years. Please let us know if you need anything. ...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: John and Barb Townsend - Bellevue, MI

Ivan D. Head, 71 of Battle Creek passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday Feb. 22, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born February 11, 1947 in Battle Creek, Michigan to William T. and Dalores V. (Crawford) Head. Ivan grew up in Battle Creek and attended Harper Creek High School. He retired from the Calhoun County Justice Center in 2012 after 21 years of employment. Previously he was employed by HBJ Insurance Company for 10 years. He also had several other jobs over the years.

Ivan married Gaylyn Ann Westphal on June 1, 1968 in Battle Creek. Surviving are Gaylyn, his wife of 49+ years; three children, Kenneth W. "Kenny" (Cindy) Head of Kalamazoo, Mary Anne (Jim) Head-Dunston of Battle Creek, Ivan "Buddy" (Aaron) Head of Middleville; 11 grandchildren; 5+ great-grandchildren and a sister, Teresa (Gerry) Hammontree of Marshall. Ivan was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Barbara Thomas, Beverly Thomas and Ilene Head.

Ivan built and raced stock cars for 35 years. He enjoyed building street rods and was a member of Sunset Cruisers Car Club. He also enjoyed hunting, spending time with his family, going to car shows and being at the track. Ivan loved helping others and will be remembered as Mr. Fix it.

Friends will be received Friday, February 23, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where funeral services will be officiated by Pastor Chad Parmalee Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11 a.m.. Interment will be held at Bedford Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ivan may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 North Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3882. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at

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