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Joint services held for Fikes



Joint memorial services were held February 8 in Louisville for Madge Kincer Fike, 89, who died January 20, and her widower, Robert H. Fike, who died February 3, just two weeks after his wife.

Burial was in Eglon, W.Va.

Mr. Fike was born in Greenwood, Del., and was a U.S. Navy veteran and a county extension agent in southeastern Kentucky.

He was a county agricultural extension agent in Whitesburg from 1947 to 1961, and was one of four agents in Kentucky who received certificates from the National Association of Agricultural Agents for outstanding service to the Kentucky farmer in 1960.

In 1961, he and his wife traveled to Iran to work for the International Cooperation Administration Agency of the federal government to help underdeveloped countries improve living conditions. The Fikes also traveled to Afghanistan and Turkey in this capacity. After serving four years with the Federal Agency for International Development, he returned to Letcher County as an extension agent from November 1965 until March 1967.

Surviving are a son, David Lee Fike and wife Gwen of Lexington; three grandchildren: Chris Fike and wife Stacy of Phoenix, Ariz., Laura Fike Bullock and husband Justin of Louisville, and Shaun Fike of Lexington; a brother, Milton Fike, of Buffalo, N.Y.; and a sister, Genevieve Baehr of Morgantown, W.Va. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Fike.

Madge Kincer Fike was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Kincer of Mayking. She is survived by a brother, David Kincer, and sisters, Mary Dare and Lenore Hamblin. She was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Henry.

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