Ayala, 86, of Chesterton, passed away on Tuesday, Feb.25, 2020.
He was born on
March 22, 1933, in East Chicago, to Salvador and Esperanza (Ramirez) Ayala.
Iggy is survived by
his children, John (Deirdre) Ayala, Christina Harris, and Hope Ayala;
grandchildren, Hannah and Hailey Ayala and John Harris; brothers, Peter
(Dorothy) Ayala and Alfred Ayala; sisters, Elena (Gene) Cundiff and Maria
(Roger) Theis; and by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in
death by his parents; wife, Patricia (Davis) Ayala; and brother, Antonio
Iggy lived in Gary
(Miller) for 32 years and was a resident of Chesterton for the last 24. He
was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a Korean War veteran. Iggy was a
graduate of Bishop Noll Institute and played football for St. Joseph’s
College. He was married for 49 years to his wife, Patricia, who preceded him
in death in 2012.
Iggy was a 40-year
employee of Inland Steel Harbor Works (No. 1 & 2 Cold Strip, No. 7 Blast
Furnace) and was a Brick Mason by trade. He was a Fourth-Degree member of
the Knights of Columbus, active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, and
coach for Miller Boys Bitty Basketball and for St. Mary of the Lake Girls
He was also a board
member of L.C.A.R. (Bridges) and Rosary Leader at Chesterton Manor (The
Waters) where he was a loved and cared for resident for the last two years.
Iggy loved the Chicago Bears and was a DIE HARD Notre Dame football fan and
a great dancer. He loved opera and the Blues and was a regular at The Red
Cup, The Northside, and Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton.
He was known for
his taco and tamale making skills, had a great sense of humor (and in
particular thought he was especially funny). Iggy was a loving husband,
fathe,r and grandfather and will be deeply missed.
A Mass of Christian
Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, at St. Patrick Catholic
Church, 638 N. Calumet Road in Chesterton, with Father Nate Edquist
Burial will take
place at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be
held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517
Broadway in Chesterton, with a Prayer Service to begin at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers,
please make donations to Operation Serving Heroes, 1136 Green St., Michigan
City, IN 46360
Or donations can be
made on the Operation Serving Heroes Facebook page.
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