Obituary of Louis Shive
Louis Richard “Dick” Shive passed away Sunday night, June 4, 2017 at Passavant Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, IL.
Dick was born in Pittsfield, IL on December 23, 1926, the fifth child and eldest son of Robert A. and Mary Nicholson Shive.
On May 27, 1951, Dick married Ethel Wilkins at the First Christian Church in Winchester, IL. She preceded him in death on January 23, 2011. Dick considered it an honor to be her care giver. Their children were Larry Richard Shive (deceased); Jeffery Alan Shive, PhD, Bartlett, TN; and Pamela (husband, Larry) Hembrough of Winchester. Leah Hembrough, of Quincy, is proudly his “one and only” grandchild.
Dick grew up in Pike County, IL, attending school in Milton and graduating from Pittsfield High School, Class of 1945. He was voted “most Popular” and excelled on the Saukee basketball team.
He was baptized at the Detroit [IL] Christian Church as a youth and attended the First Christian Church of Winchester and the Winchester United Methodist Church.
Corporal Shive served in US Army from 1946-1948 during the Occupation in Heidelberg, Germany. He was a member of the Winchester VFW Post 11524.
Dick worked various jobs throughout his life, including furniture salesman [that’s how he met Ethel!], propane deliverer, professional truck driver, and finally storekeeper at Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative. He retired from IREC March 1991.
He is survived by the following siblings and spouses: Vera O. Havens, Alsey, IL, Mary Frances Giger, Pittsfield, IL, Betty Wilder, North Fond du Lac, WI, Joe [Mary Mae] Shive, White Hall, IL, Alice Guth, Gridley, IL, Jane Nevius, Peoria, IL, Norma [A.C.] Reel, Pittsfield, IL
Literally dozens of nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews called him “Uncle Dick.”
Besides his wife Ethel and son, Larry, Dick was preceded in death by the following siblings: Mabel Chapman, Bill Shive [surviving wife Betty, Pittsfield, IL, John Shive [surviving wife, Shirley, Virginia, IL], Jack Shive [surviving wife, Janice, Galseburg, IL], Tom Shive [surviving wife, Linda, Beardstown, IL]
Also preceded by half-siblings:Hugh Shive, George Shive, Loretta Lucille Shive [infant], Bob Shive, Jr., Louise Long, Maude DeLong.
Dick’s hobbies included gardening, mushrooming, and berryin’. He treasured his time with Ethel as they traveled the United States in their blue Chevy van.
He was a very generous man; he tended to his family. His family meant everything to him. The highlight of his summer was the annual Shive Reunion he hosted in Winchester.
Through his multiple medical issues, he never ceased being a gentleman - always presenting a positive outlook. Dick Shive never complained.
Funeral services are planned for Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester friends may call after 4:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Family will meet friends from 6-8 pm. Burial will be in Winchester City Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.
Memorials are suggested to the Winchester EMS or the Scott County Veterans Memorial Fund.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.airsman-hires.com
The Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester is in charge of arrangements.