CHURUBUSCO — James Joseph “Joe” Shively, 92, a resident of Churubusco, passed away on February 28, 2017, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. He had been in declining health since February 1.
Born in Smith Township on January 27, 1925, he was a son of Esli and Helen (Egolf) Shively. He attended school in Smith Township and Churubusco. He spent his most of his life on the Shively family farm until moving into town in 1991 following his retirement.
Joe was married on January 4, 1947, to Annabelle Stickler at the Blue River Church of the Brethren Parsonage. She preceded Joe in death on January 10, 2010.
He was a lifelong Smith Township farmer and was also a bus driver for Smith-Green Community Schools for 44 years.
Joe was a lifetime member of the Blue River Church of the Brethren, where he served as a deacon, former teacher, superintendent, several administrative boards and was active in visiting the sick and shut-ins. Joe enjoyed telling stories, being with people, and “such like.”
Joe is survived by a daughter, Robin Plasterer; two sons, Byron Shively and Bradley Shively; three grandchildren, Emily (K.J.) McAleesejergins, Philip (Kristen) Plasterer and Sarah Shirley; a sister-in-law, Lois Shively; two great-granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, three brothers, Davis Shirley, John Shively, and Charles Shirley preceded Joe; two sisters, Virginia Grabner and Marilyn Wright; and a half-brother, Ford Shirley.
Services were Saturday at Blue River Church of the Brethren with Pastor Craig Alan Myers officiating.
Burial followed in Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue River Church of the Brethren Deacon Fund.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.sheetsandchilds.com.