Igor Izioumine loved cycling, fixing bicycles

Monday, August 26, 2013 | 7:33 p.m. CDT; updated 8:43 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 27, 2013

COLUMBIA — Igor Izioumine loved to ride his bicycle and did so almost every day.

"He started first just riding a bike to work, and then he kept doing it, every day in every type of weather," his son Igor Izyumin said.

Igor Izioumine of Columbia died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Howard County while participating in the BikeMO cycling event. He was 59.

He was born on Feb. 2, 1954, in Tula, Russia. He lived in the Ukraine until 1993, when he moved to Columbia with his wife, Natalia, and sons, Igor and Oleg.

Mr. Izioumine was an employee of  the MU Department of Information Technology.He repaired computers and servers for the Psychological Sciences Department.

"He always loved computers," Izyumin said.

Phil Wood, a professor with the MU Department of Psychological Sciences, worked with Mr. Izioumine.

"Most people will tell you Igor was one of the kindest people that they'd ever known," Wood said. "I never saw Igor upset or angry at anyone."

Wood, also a cyclist, rode with Mr. Izioumine on an annual fall ride to the Les Bourgeois winery in Rocheport.

"He would ride the bike all year round," he said.

Izyumin said his father loved to put things together and found cycling to be a good outlet.

"He would put together bikes," he said. "When he went on bike rides, he would always bring tools with him. Anything anyone on the road had problems with, he would stop and help."

Mr. Izioumine started riding his bicycle to work a few years ago as an alternate means of transportation.

"He shared a car with his wife, so he often used his bicycle to commute to work," said Carol Elliott, a friend and fellow Columbia Bicycle Club member.

"He was a true bicycle commuter," she said. "He didn't ride it truly for pleasure."

Elliott said she rode with Mr. Izioumine in a group called the "Easy Riders," a small band of Columbia Bicycle Club members who ride together.

"Anytime you rode with him it was a pleasurable experience," she said. "He was a perfect companion for bicycle riding."

Mr. Izioumine is survived by his wife, Natalia Izyumin, of Columbia; his sons Igor and Ogel Izyumin, both of Berkley Calif.; and his brother, Oleg Izyumin.

His father died earlier.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services will follow at the funeral home.

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