Dr. Kenneth M. Ide, 67, of Atlantic Beach and Greensboro, died peacefully Sunday, June 15, 2008, at his home surrounded by his family.
For all of Dr. Ide’s family and friends, a celebration of his life is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the circle in Atlantic Beach. Dr. Ide’s remains will become part of an eternal reef to preserve and enhance coral reefs and be surrounded by life forever.
He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., to the late Kenneth and Irene Ide. Dr. Ide, or “Doc” as those who knew him well called him, was best known, respected and loved by those for whom he worked in the Guilford County School System. He worked endlessly and tirelessly for students, teachers and parents as a psy-chologist. He continued to work with the youth of the community by coaching youth soccer. His love of coaching youth soccer was only slightly overshadowed by his love of Duke University basketball where he earned his doctorate and Michigan State University sports where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The only games he could actually sit down and watch was when Michigan State University played Duke University and it was a win-win situation. After retirement he continued to teach at UNC-Greensboro. Dr. Ide loved to teach and taught for many years at Greensboro College where he remained close with many of his students. He also taught history in Elkhart, Ind., Mexican migrant children in Immokolee, Fla., and emotionally disturbed boys in California. His vacation home became his primary home as he studied the history of the people and the area. He felt a special connection and a deep love for the people and the unspoiled beauty of the area. Thus, he became involved in the community, especially in the area of the environment. His last great achievement came when he was elected as a commissioner on the Atlantic Beach Town Council. He was elected with five others who became known as the Ocean Six, all taking office in December 2007 and remaining a great team. He was happy once again to be part of something greater than himself. Making a difference in someone’s life, whether in the classroom, the community or even on the soccer field is what gave him the most happiness, the most joy and the most peace in his life. Sadly, he lost his battle with lung cancer on Father’s Day. Through most of the ordeal he was upbeat and positive, especially when visitors came to wish him well and with the letters and calls he received. Because he wanted to make a difference, his last dying wish was that he wanted people to know that he died from lung cancer so that at the very least, one person would become more aware of the dis-ease and make life changes to prevent and/or work for a cure for someone else or even for their own life. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends who look forward to meeting him on the other side. He was definitely a man on a mission and now he can rest.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Patricia Ide; their sons, Patrick Ide and wife Melanie and Eric Ide; and five grandchildren, Gabriel Ide, Brigitta Ide, Gideon Ide, Echo Ide and Elijah Ide, all of Greensboro. He is also survived by his stepmother, Freda Ide of Caledonia, Mich.; mother-in-law, Stella Zultanski; brother; Jim Zultanski and wife Lois of South Bend, Ind.; and sister-in-law, Judy Borysiak and husband Ralph of South Bend, Ind.
He was preceded in death by one grandchild, Ammon.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dr. Ken Ide Memorial Fund c/o Town of Atlantic Beach, Atlantic Beach, N.C. 28512.
Arrangements are be announced by Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City.