Whitesburg KY

Services are held for Ivan Back

Letcher County native Ivan Back, 83, of Michigan City, Ind., died October 30.

Born at Millstone, he was a son of the late Kelly and Manerva Caudill Back. He was the father of the late Barbara “Babsie” Wilson Kalk, and a brother of the late Charles Back, Hershel Back, Clifford Back, Clinton Back, Harold Back, Clyde Back, Geneva Collins, and Lula Collins.

Back worked for South East Coal Co. in the mines at Millstone and Seco during the 1950s before moving to Indiana. He was retired from Clark Equipment Co. and Sullair Corporation.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific islands during World War II and stateside during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Georgene Evans Back; a grandson, Jason Wilson and wife Randi; two great-grandchildren, Autumn Wilson and Matthew Wilson; two sisters, Blanche Byrd, Liberty, and Nancy Arnold, Blue Ridge, Va.; and two brothers, Kelly Back Jr., Worthville, and Virgil Back, Moon, Va.

Funeral services were held November 3 at the Free Methodist Church of Michigan City, Ind. Burial was in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Michigan City.

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