Elbert H. Isham FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — Elbert Harris “Ike” Isham, 91, of Fayetteville, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, from kidney failure, at Hospice of Savannah, Georgia. Born Feb. 2, 1927, the youngest of five, in Burlington, Vermont, Mr. Isham was always ready with a helping hand, and spent much of his life in the service of others. He was an avid Boy Scout and outdoorsman, and joined the Navy in 1945. He trained as a Radio Specialist, Seaman First Class, at the Great Lakes Naval School. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1946, and inactive duty in 1954. As a young boy, Mr. Isham attended the Adams School, Burlington High School, and then entered the University of Vermont in 1947 under the GI Bill, where he received his Civil Engineering degree in 1950. Upon graduation, Mr. Isham took a position with the Vermont State Transportation Agency in Montpelier, where he held several positions, for a total of 37 years. Most notably, he was chief of Contract Administration, chief of Transportation Operations and bridge design on I-89 and I-91. Mr. Isham held the office of president of the Vermont Society of Engineers, from 1982 to 1983. Elbert married Ruth Bicknell in 1950, and together, raised four children during this time. He was active in the Trinity United Methodist Church, various School Boards and community service boards, the Elks Club, the Recreation Board and personally built hiking and ski trails in Hubbard Park. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Penn National Estates, in Fayetteville, where he continued his community involvement. He was an avid hiker, skier, birder, gardener, world traveler and golfer. He was a member of many conservation societies and a charter member of the World War II Museum. He left a legacy of wisdom and the importance of family, to his children and grandchildren. Mr. Isham was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Bicknell Isham; his parents Elarey Jarius Isham and Maud Clogston Isham; his siblings Doris Welcome, Elizabeth Welton, Josephine Tooles and Elarey Isham Jr., a WW ll war hero. He is survived by his four children David Isham and wife Ellen, of North Hero, Vermont, Jonathan Isham and wife Leja LeBar, of Atlanta, Georgia, William Isham, of San Diego, California, Elizabeth Isham Casella and husband Charles, of Savannah, Georgia; along with his four beloved grandchildren Laura and Katherine Isham, Daniel and Matthew Casella. A military service will be held graveside on June 17, 1 p.m., in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. Donations may be made to Hospice of Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA 13416; or the group “Support Network at Penn National” (SNAP), 3872 Alfalfa Lane, Fayetteville, PA 17222.

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