Ivan L. Bare, age 88, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 3, 2018, at the Medicalodge in Ft. Scott.
He was born March 24, 1930, in Summerville, Kansas, the son of Carl Horace Bare and Bertha Mabel Kirk Bare.
Ivan served with the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 where he was stationed in Germany. Following his military service, Ivan attended the Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and graduated from there in 1956. While attending Bible College, he met the love of his life, Norma Barber. Ivan and Norma were married on June 4, 1954, at DeQuincy, Louisiana.
Ivan’s number one priority in life was bringing others to Jesus. While still in college, he started the Bible Baptist Church in Cassville, Missouri. Later with a passion to preach the gospel message and with Norma by his side, Ivan went on to pastor churches in Beaumont, Texas; Tioga, Louisiana; Pleasanton, Kansas; Lincoln Nebraska; Emporia, Kansas; Ft. Scott, Kansas; Olathe, Kansas; Canyon City, Colorado and Eldorado Springs, Missouri. He was currently a member of the Grace Baptist Tabernacle in Ft. Scott. While with Grace Baptist, he played an active role in the church’s bus and youth ministry. He was also instrumental in starting Faith Promise Missions.
Survivors include his daughter, Vana Rash and her husband, Glenn, of Ft. Scott; four grandchildren, Brandon, Brent and Brenna Sandoval and Garret Rash and two great-grandsons, Brendon and Cormac Sandoval. Also surviving is his brother, Galen Bare and his wife, Emma, of Springfield, Missouri.
His wife, Norma, preceded him in death on February 23, 2016. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Sandoval, a brother, Frans Bare and a sister, Berniece Kirk.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, December 6th at the Grace Baptist Tabernacle.
Burial with military honors will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 P.M. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Grace Baptist Tabernacle Missions Department and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com