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E D. Xidis

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Birthplace: California, United States
Death: June 1993 (77)
Wichita, Sedgwick, KS
Immediate Family:

Son of Dionysios Xidis and Vasiliki Stathis Chlentzos
Husband of Patricia R. Boomis
Father of Private User
Brother of George D. Xidis

Managed by: Terry Vasiliki Chlentzos
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About Steve D. Xidis

Wichita Eagle

June 16, 1933

To Steve Xidis, Service A Way of Life

Restaurateur Steve Xidis loved Wichita, treated his customers as friends and always believed that the best way to show appreciation for success was to give something back to the community, his son said.

Mr. Xidis, retired founder and owner of Fife and Drum Restaurants, died Monday of cancer. He was 77. "If there was anything that would be called his hobby it would be public service and community service," said his son, Robert Xidis of Lenexa. "He would say to me, "It is important to give to the community in which you live. "He believed in giving of ones's self to one's community."

Mr. Xidis was a longtime member of the Rotary Club and Midian Shrine. He also was a life member of the Wichita Historical Society and charter member of Botanica.

He was born in Oakland, California, to Greek immigrants who came to the United States in 1909. He moved to Wichita with his parents in 1923.

A life as a businessman seemed to be his destiny. His early ventures included the Poulos Grill, 110 E. Douglas, and G & S Lunch, 114 E. First, both of which he operated with his brother George, who lives in WIchita.

During World War II, Mr. Xidis served in the Army Infantry, his son said, and gained a strong sense of patriotism and tradition. Two of his favorite pastimes included attending reunions with his high school classmates and war buddies.

After the war, he operated Steve's Candy Shop at 1411 E. Douglas for 15 years.

But it was in 1960 that he opened his restaurant that would introduce him to many Wichitans who would become his longtime friends. The first Fife and Drum was in a building known as the Wishbone at 5231 E. Central, a former speakeasy in the 1940's and a beer joint in the 1950's.

Mr. Xidis and his wife Patricia, tried to retire from the business twice, but reopened, the first time at 9100 E. Kellogg and the second time at 600 N. Andover Road. The last restaurant closed in July 1990.

"Their former customers would go up to them and say, "when are you going into business again?" Robert Xidis said. "Their customers always wanted them in business."

Robert Xidis said he will remember his father as a great success story.

"He was a classic example of what the American Dream is; working very hard from humble origins, getting established in the community, having a great love for his community and in turn, being recognized by it," Robert Xidis said.

Trisagion is scheduled for 7:30 p. m. Friday at Hilsdale Funeral Home. A service is planned for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Memorials have been established with Botanica and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Mr. Xidis also is survived by one grandchild.

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Steve D. Xidis's Timeline

1916
May 1916
California, United States
1993
June 1993
Age 77
Wichita, Sedgwick, KS