Thomas Ivan Kreipe
February 18, 1943 - January 22, 2022
Tom, who is also known as Ivan, was born in Topeka, Kansas and was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. He attended St. Joseph Military Academy in Hays, Ks. and graduated from Hayden High School where he played Tom Sawyer in their operetta “Mississippi Melody”. He attended the University of Kansas.
He has had several occupations; Bartender, Sommelier, Taxi Driver, Free Lance Writer, Chef for the Dallas Cowboys and was in the independent Film Industry. He has lived in San Francisco, Dallas, New Orleans, and Houston Texas. He was among the Native American activists who occupied Alcatraz in 1969.
He is survived by his siblings Martha Kreipe de Montano (Jose) of Topeka, William Kreipe (Marvella) of Tecumseh, Patricia Kreipe Kelly (Tom) of Denton, Texas, John Kreipe (Cathy) of St. Joseph, Missouri, Joe Kreipe, Mary Jane Kreipe Wilson of Lawrence, and Elizabeth Kreipe Devin (Cedric) of Lawrence. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Edward Kreipe.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Elara Hospice: 785-228-0400 https://