by Caleb Stento
A memorial will be held on July 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Ouray Elks Lodge to celebrate the life of Philip Kerner Icke. Icke was born in Evanston, Ill. in 1939 and he moved with his family to Ouray in 1950. After graduating from Ouray High School in 1957, he went on to complete a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Colorado.
Icke spent three years stationed in the Washington, D. C. area serving in the Army Security Agency. After his service, he went to work in the Investment Banking Department of the First National Bank of Chicago, where he spent 27 years trading bonds.
When the year 1992 rolled around, Icke decided it was time to return to the place he felt was home – Ouray. In retirement, he enjoyed skiing, golf, gardening, travel, movies, watching Cubs' games on TV, reading and birding, as well as sharing the history of Ouray with visitors to the Ouray County Historical Museum. He spent over 15 years as a member of the Ouray County Historical Society board and took considerable pleasure in caring for the museum's grounds for many of those years.
Icke was active in fundraising for OCHS and was the raffle committee chairman. Callers to the museum heard his distinctive baritone voice on the answering machine, and he was always available to run errands for the office staff. His wry sense of humor endeared him to museum staff, volunteers and board members. "It seemed like Phil was a permanent fixture on the OCHS board and at all our events," said board member Gail Saunders. "He is irreplaceable."
The OCHS plans to honor him by placing a bench with his name engraved on it in the museum's yard. Additionally, the Law Office, an exhibit room in the museum, will be dedicated to the Icke family. The dedication will take place after his memorial service.
OCHS board secretary Joey Huddleston found Phil "a delightful curmudgeon with a quick wit who kept our meetings lively. He loved his community and likewise expected a great deal from it in support of Ouray’s philanthropic needs. He was generous with his own time and quick to volunteer for such things as selling raffle tickets to passersby on Main Street so he could regale them with his stories and good humor while picking their pockets for donations. His spirit will remain in our museum.”
In line with the affection Icke felt for his community and its history, he also gave his time by serving on the City of Ouray Board of Zoning Adjustments, the Massard Trust for the Benefit of the City of Ouray, the Ouray County Arts Association Board and the Magic Circle Theater in Montrose.
Even though Icke is no longer among us, it is readily apparent that he provided many who knew him with a wealth of fond memories to cherish and his selfless attitude and dedication to the community serve as an example for the rest of us.