He was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Mapleton, Kan., the son of Delphus S. "Delph" Brillhart and Maude Cook Brillhart.
Ivan graduated from Blue Mound High School in 1941. He later served with the Merchant Marines during World War II.
He married Betty Lee Townsley on Feb. 14, 1943, at Mapleton. Ivan and Betty farmed near Mapleton until moving to Fort Scott in 1972.
Ivan worked in maintenance and as a welder for Peerless Products prior to his retirement. In his earlier years, Ivan was a member of the Xenia Baptist Church. He was currently attending Cherry Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed working with wood and metal, gardening and cooking.
Survivors include three sons, Dale Brillhart and wife Lois, Mapleton, Kan., Norman Brillhart and wife Debi, Fort Scott, and Douglas Brillhart and wife Pam, Wichita, Kan.; and a daughter Glenda McReynolds and husband, Gearold, Fort Scott; 12 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are two sisters, Ethiel Amer, Fort Scott and Lorna Ball, Lawrence, Kan.
His wife, Betty, preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 2003. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Ermel, a brother, Carl Brillhart, and a granddaughter, Shelly Ramsey.
Rev. Jerry Neeley assisted by Rev. Dr. Dale Cummins will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sunny Slope Cemetery at Blue Mound, Kan.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the Cherry Grove Baptist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.