Fiesta Rides owner William R. Fike dies
Fiesta Rides owner and operator William R. Fike, 62, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg.
William Fike and his wife, Betty, were married in 1962, the same year they purchased Fiesta Rides. Since then the entire family, including the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, have taken part in the business, said his daughter, Kim Baird of Corydon.
Fike grew up in the food business with his parents, the late William W. and Dorothy Griffith Fike. He traveled all over the state with the concessions part of the business and worked in many states with the rides, said Baird. The family still owns and operates Fiesta Rides, Baird said.
Fike was born Aug. 15, 1942, in Fort Wayne.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles and Pisgah Masonic Lodge in Corydon, Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine in Indianapolis, International Independent Show-man’s Association, Showmans Club, Tampa Showmans Club, National Independent Concessionaires Asso-ciation, Showmans League of America and Greater Ohio Showmans Association. He was also a Kentucky Colonel.
Survivors besides his daughter include his wife, the former Betty Schneider; a son, Brian Fike of Corydon; another daughter, Kelley Baird of Lanesville; a sister, Karen Douglass of Henryville, and six grandchildren.
Visitation was yesterday and will be today (Wednesday) after 9 a.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon.
The funeral will be today at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon.
Pallbearers will be Brian Fike, Kyle, Zachary, Tyler, Raymond and James Baird, Travis Douglass, Mike Mathews and Ron Wolfe.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Heart Association.