In 1937, Ivan married Shirley Hall, who was to be his beloved wife of 48 years until her death due to breast cancer in 1985.
As a young boy, Ivan worked in his father’s business, Barnum Printing and Publishing Company. Upon his father’s death, Ivan became owner of the business that at one point printed and published seven weekly newspapers serving southwest Denver, most notably the SW Denver Herald Dispatch and LaVoz. He also served in active duty in the U.S. Marines.
In 1971, Ivan was elected to the Denver City Council, which he said was his most significant achievement of his career. As a councilman, he served on the Public Works Committee and was instrumental in the development of Denver’s 16th Street Mall.
He is survived by six children; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear friend Gina Lauver of Denver.
Memorial services were held Aug 10.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society to benefit breast cancer research.