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Obituaries

Obituaries

William A. "Tony" Ice 1920 - 2007 Lawrence

A Mass of Christian burial for William A. "Tony" Ice, 86, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Graveside services with military honors by American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Ice died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.He was born Sept., 30, 1920, in Richland, the son of Martin F. and Clara Boursaw Ice. He graduated from Lecompton High School.Mr. Ice served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a retired maintenance supervisor of Allen Fieldhouse and escorted officials off the court at games. He worked as a mail carrier for 33 years before he retired.He was a longtime member of American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Lawrence Men's Bowling Association. He received a Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to Youth from the Pop Warner Conference in 1958. He was chairman of the American Legion Baseball Committee, where he served for 30 years. He received a Service To Mankind Award from the Lawrence Sertoma Club in 1975. Mr. Ice coached numerous sports from 1947 to 1982. He coached American Legion baseball for 25 years, and the Ice Field at Holcomb Sports Complex was named in honor of Tony Ice and the memory of his brother, Al Ice. He was voted District American Legion Coach of the Year in 1972. He refereed high school football for 25 years and basketball for 12 years. He also refereed at Baker University and Haskell Indian Nations University. He coached the South Park League baseball teams for 16 years. He married Marie Cawley on April 15, 1952, in Lawrence. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a daughter, Janet McAfee and husband David, Nortonville; four sons, Greg and wife Susie, Hays, Steve and wife Janis, Topeka, Andy and wife Joan, Stilwell, and Chris and wife Mary, Lexington, Ky.; two sisters, Evelyn Brown and Judy Hill, both of Lawrence; 21 grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters. Mr. Ice was preceded in death by his brother, Al, in 1979.A parish rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, where the family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and after the rosary until 8:30 p.m. Friday. The family suggests memorials to the American Legion Baseball Program or to St. John's Catholic School, sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Ice.