Daniel J. Pike, 55, of Brazil and formerly of Cayuga and Newport, IN, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2005, at his residence in Brazil.
He was born July 13, 1950, in Danville, IL, the son of Robert and Patricia Sollars Pike. He married Cindy K. Kopacz on July 15, 1977, along the banks of the Wabash in Vermillion County, IN. She survives.
Other survivors include his children, Stephanie (Brad) Joy of West Terre Haute, IN; Danny (Jennifer) Pike of Graysville, IN; Becky (Eric) Glines of Evansville, IN and Andy Pike of Brazil, IN; his father, Robert Pike; six grandchilden, Sydney, Alyssa and Mallory Pike, Branch and Parker Joy and Elijah Glines; one brother, David Pike, of Georgia and one sister, Janet Weir, of Cayuga; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Dan retired from General Motors in February of 1999. He was a Vietnam War Veteran receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He attended the Annunciation Church in Brazil, IN. He was a member of the Brazil American Legion Post 2 and the National H.O.G. Association. Dan enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushrooming, golfing, camping and riding his Harley.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 23, 2005, at DeVerter Brothers Funeral Home in Cayuga, IN. Officiating will be Father Steven Jerrel. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery in Newport, IN, with military graveside rites by the Newport American Legion Post 184. Visitation will be Thursday, December 22, 2005, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home. Family requests contributions be made to the Riley's Hospital For Children, 702 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or to Attn: Thanks and Giving, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.