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Guy Robert Hively

April 14, 1923 — January 6, 2019

Guy Hively was a hardworking man. He enjoyed the simple things in life and was a down to earth man. He did what it took to provide for his family by working two jobs.

The debut of the movies The Ten Commandments and Hunchback of Notre Dame were released in 1923. The year was also remembered for the first baseball game at the newly constructed Yankee Stadium, insulin introduced for treatment of diabetes, Warner Brothers was established, and the first issue of Time Magazine was released. In technology, the world's first domestic refrigerator is sold in Sweden and the first portable radio was developed in the United States. That same year in Columbia City, Indiana on April 14, Clark and Anna (Moore) Hively announced the birth of their son, Guy Robert Hively.

He grew up in Larwill and attended Larwill High School. He left school and joined the U.S. Navy during WWII. Due to hearing complications, Guy was placed into the Army and then was a Merchant Marine stationed in the gulf. He wanted to serve his country and fight on the frontlines in Germany but unfortunately his brother was killed during the War and the military would not allow him to.

Upon returning home, he married Evelyn Bonita Smith on October 27, 1945. They would have five children together, Bill, Cindy, Ginger, Randy and Ginny. Unfortunately, in 1971 Evelyn passed away after a seven year illness. During this time, Guy worked at Fort Wayne Structural Steel as a Class A Welder and another job. He retired in 1985 after working for Fort Wayne Structural Steel for over 30 years.

While attending church, Guy noticed a gal singing and the course of his life would be changed again. He would go on to marry Ellen M. Kennedy at Big Lake Church of God on May 27, 1972. Together they would spend the next 46 years creating many wonderful memories while living in Thorncreek Township of Whitley County.

Ellen always enjoyed fishing and hunting and together Guy enjoyed many hunts along with fishing trips to Michigan for salmon and even an Alaskan trip for two weeks to fish for halibut. Even though Guy was an Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Notre Dame fan, he could put up with Ellen's Pittsburgh Steelers. He also was a fan. Guy could often be found tinkering around in his garage and could fix about anything. He loved animals, especially dogs.

At the age of 95, Guy Robert Hively passed away at 1:58 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2019 at his home. He is survived by his loving wife, Ellen Hively; children, Cindy Thompson, of Columbia City, Ginger (Dan) Ford, of Warsaw, Randy (Lola) Hively, of Claypool and Ginny (Mike) Rowland, of Columbia City; and granddaughters, Evelyn Zinn and Amanda Hively. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Evelyn Bonita (Smith) Hively; son, Bill Hively; brother, William Hively; son-in-law, Steve Thompson; and step-sister, Anita Steffen.

Visitation is 12-2 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Sharon Brockhaus officiating. He will be buried at St. Matthew's Cemetery, formerly known as Hively Cemetery where his wife, son and many other family members are buried. Memorial gifts may be given in his memory to New Hope Wesleyan Church or donor's choice. Visit to send his family condolences online.


DeMoney-Grimes a Life Story Funeral Home
600 Countryside Drive Columbia City, Indiana 46725

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


DeMoney-Grimes a Life Story Funeral Home
600 Countryside Drive Columbia City, Indiana 46725

2:00 PM
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