John Fike, 86

John Emerson Fike, 86, of Fort Pierce, Fla., went to Jesus Christ, his Lord & Savior, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, with his beloved wife, Carol, at his side.

John was born to the late L. Emerson and Mary Fike on Jan. 27, 1933 in Ill.

After graduating from Rock Falls High School in 1950, he served in the Army. Upon leaving the military, John moved to North Manchester, where he met his wife of 62 years, Carol (Reed), and began his career in auto body repair.  John owned and operated A-1 Auto Body Shop, which he maintained for over 35 years, with nearly 50 years in the repair business.  After retiring, they moved to Florida.

John is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Susan Fike of Key West; daughter-in-law Patty Fike; grandsons Stephen Stone and Matt (Angie) Stone of Ill.; along with great grandsons Easton and Rylan.
John was proceeded in death by his children, Karen Sue and Kevin; his parents; his siblings Carla Beattie, Wendell Fike and Leatice Raver.

John was a member of First United Methodist Church, Vero Beach, Fla., the Fort Pierce Moose Lodge, and the North Manchester American Legion.  He loved to play golf, was an avid reader, and enjoyed games of all kinds with family and friends.  When he was still working, his passion was restoring his 1964-1/2 Mustang 2+2.  John was always happiest when he was working on a project, whether it was auto related, home renovations or yard work.

John was a loving husband, father and friend.  He enjoyed a good joke, had an infectious laugh, gave a great bear hug, was always willing to lend a hand and was loved by many.  He has been described as a gentle soul, a good man, gracious, humble, good-natured, a true gem. 

Cards can be sent to PO Box 4663, Key West, FL  33041.

Posted on 2019 Oct 08