John L Shively

Date of Death: June 23, 2011
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Dr. John L. Shively John Levi Shively, M.D., a long standing resident of West Lafayette, went to be with the Lord, passing away quietly in his sleep at his home on June 23, surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Shively was born on January 14, 1923 in Mt. Morris, Illinois to Levi and Emma (Whistler)Continue Reading

Leon Wang left a message on June 30, 2011:

Sorry to hear your lose. I didn&t know your father had such a wonderful life and successful career. He certainly will be missed not only by his loved ones but also the many patients he took care of.

Leon Wang
Ron and Ronni Moore left a message on June 27, 2011:
We recall with great respect the devotion of a Father who made trips to New York City to champion his son&s competition in the New York City Marathon. The entire family decamped to a hotel in Manhattan in order to support the runner. Parenting that embraces a child&s passions empowers the child to explore their potential . We are saddened by the loss of your patriarch and role model and our sympathy extends to the community he nurtured. Ron,Ronni and Allison Moore
Steve Stull left a message on June 27, 2011:
Sorry Susie about your loss. Sorry I can&t make it on Thursday. I will pray for your healing. Steve
Suzanne (Schendel) Jain left a message on June 27, 2011:
I will always remember happy times at the Shively house playing ping pong in the basement and hearts in the family room. The house was always full of laughter and love and I enjoyed spending time there. The Shively&s were kind enough to take me to my first two Indianapolis 500&s and I have loved the race ever since! They also took me to the lake and tried to teach me how to water ski (I was pretty hopeless, and have never been able to water ski). Dr. Shively will be so dearly missed and my condolences go to Mrs. Shively, John, David and Susie.

Suzanne Schendel
Fran Shumaker left a message on June 27, 2011:
We are thinking of you during this difficult time with the passing of your father.
With deepest sympathy,
Fran and Ron Shumaker
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Ruth Ann Morrison left a message on June 26, 2011:
My thoughts are with you, Aunt Virginia, John, David, Susie, and your families, at this time. I have a lot of fond memories of being with Uncle John and all of you in the past. You all are in my prayers and thoughts. God be with you in this time of sorrow.


Ruth Ann

Paulette Niles left a message on June 25, 2011:
Dear Virginia & family,

We were so sorry to hear of John&s passing. You were blessed to be married to him for 62 years. How special. I did not realize that the two of you were from the same part of Indiana that I am from. I grew up in Mt. Summit so I am very familiar with Knightstown and Hagerstown.

We always enjoyed sharing our adventures with you with our mutual friends, the Klopfenstein&s. That was a very special family to know in Switzerland.

John was a strong Christian and now is with the Lord. We are thankful for his life and his service to the many people of our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Ed & Paulette Niles

P.S. We&re sorry we will be unable to attend the service as we are leaving for Hawaii on Monday.
Stuart D Robertson left a message on June 25, 2011:
I met Dr. Shively in the early summer of 2001 a couple days before I was to leave for Zambia for a summer&s teaching at the Theological College of Central Africa. He sat in my study and quizzed me on my Reformed Theology. I must have passed the test because upon returning from Zambia, I found him and Ginny sitting before me on the Lord&s Day mornings, he with serious mein and she with persistent optimistic latent smile. He listened intently and would say to me from time to time, ""This morning we heard the word of the Lord."" His encouragement meant much to me because I knew he knew some of the contemporary stalwarts of Reformed theology. Once that I know of he made a contribution to Faith Church of the sum it cost them to keep me in the pulpit for a year. He told me that he prayed for me every day I was away in Zambia, which was a support I needed because I caught a terrible bronchitis there after getting drenched at Victoria Falls, that very nearly, it seemed, did me in. I came back leaner by far. He shared with me many anecdotes from his life story, including the kind of detail from his heart that let me know he trusted me--a favor I accepted with gratitude, and found the details profound illustrations of the joys and struggles of the human spirit. I found John and Ginny to be something of a model of what the Scots novelist, John Buchan called ""the fellowship of years."" They were married a long time, and did it up as they said they would at the start--before God and witnesses. She with her persisting girlish good looks and vigor and good humor and he with his serious mind, but wit and alertness to humor in life, were symbiotic. Though German in ancestry, he loved the Scots and wore his Lindsey tartan tie proudly as an honorary Scot (asking me more than once if I could tell him the name of the tartan--and I could!), and seemed pleased when I wore my kilt at Christmas. I think this Scotsfilia may have been because he admired that grumpy Reformed icon, John Knox. He made plain to me more than once his disfavor of my retirement as his pastor. Such disapproval I took as a kindness. He seemed to me a pillar, the kind of person who in his work, his faith, and his ways, public and private, was trustworthy. In a day of much scandal, he did not contribute to the sum even a hint or a bit. He cherished things that are excellent, including beautiful art. Ginny is the epitome of the statement: ""on-going years have no command over me."" I shall treasure the memory of this good man, and each time I see Ginny I&ll have come to mind how she must have sustained him when, with the weariness of life pushing him down, she lifted his spirits as well as those of the ones who visited him. They are a blessing. stuart dunbar robertson
Tim and Terri Platt left a message on June 25, 2011:
Dave, Misty and Amanda

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, during this difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,
Tim and Terri Platt and family
Gail Michael left a message on June 25, 2011:
I am so sorry to hear about John&s passing and yet in another way, it&s wonderful to know that he is now with the Lord! Many years ago when John was in Israel, he was riding on a bus and passed a desert area that was a large expanse of sand with a single palm tree flourishing in the midst of the desert. Looking closely, you can see that the roots of that ONE tree had made their way down toward the only water sourse in the area - and because of that, it was &green and growning&! John said that when the bus arrived back at the station, he hired a driver to take him back to that place in the desert where he saw that little palm tree. He took a picture of the tree and during a Bible study lesson that he taught to Robin Gossard and me, he gave me a print of that little flourishing palm tree. Every morning I have a &quiet time& with the Lord and I read the Bible and write in my journal. I have placed the picture of that little palm tree on the front page of my journal - and every time I complete one booklet (about every 6 months), I take the picture out of the old journal and paste it into the new journal. I want to always remember that when &our roots go down deep into the soil of God&s marvelous love&, that we will stay &green and growing& - and even more than that . . . &we will flourish like the palm tree&. (Ps. 29:12) I am so thankful to John for taking the time to go back to that spot in the desert and take the picture and then so grateful that he &just happened& to give me a print of that picture. When I look at the picture of the little palm tree, I am reminded;

Jeremiah 17:7
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the yhear of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.
Psalm 92:12
The righteous flourish like the palm tree . . .

What a blessing to know that John loved the Lord and is now in His Presence forever! Rest in Peace, John . . . . . Gail Michael
Sandra Stevenson left a message on June 25, 2011:
To the family of Dr. John Shively

Reading Dr. Shively&s beautiful life, he was a unique personable
gentleman, whom I had the opportunity to get to know when I
worked at Home Hospital from 1969-1978. At times, some of
his surgical cases, he needed me to bring in my radiology
modalities into surgery to assist him in his orthopedic alignments.
Dr. Shively was a quite, but a true gentleman, who had empathy
and professionalism. He was associated with Dr. Ferguson in
the orthopedic clinic across the street from Home Hospital.

His Spirit lives on. Your loved one will always be with you
for those who knew him could never forget his kindness, his
wisdom, and his strong presence on this earth.

With my sympathy,

Sandra Stevenson
(Certified, Registered Radiology Technologist/Imaging Tech.)

Darlene DeVault left a message on June 25, 2011:
I first met Dr.Shively in 1979 when I started at Home Hospital on the old 4main/4 north.As I matter of fact I worked with both of the Drs.Shively&s.De Shively took care of both of my grandparents in the mid 1980&s.After my granfather passe way in 1985,Dr Shively stopped me in the hall was and told me how sorry He was.I never forgot that and I meant a lot to my family.
Claude Bible left a message on June 25, 2011:
I am sorry for your loss. It sounds like Dr. Shively had a full and rewarding life. I had the pleasure of working at Home Hospital in the late 70&s and early 80&s as an x-ray tech and I remember Dr. Shively during my employment. He was a kind and gentle Surgeon. It was a pleasure to work for his needs. hope you find comfort in his passing.

Claude Ross Bible
Charlene Kottlowski left a message on June 25, 2011:
Dear Family,

I am keeping your family in prayer.

My favorite memory of Dr. Shively is from many years ago, probably back in the 1980&s. There were quite a few of us at your home in W. Lafayette. We were all playing a game, and everyone knew the rules, EXCEPT for Dr. Shively.....had something to do with the way someone crossed their ankles or folded their hands.... but it was so funny because the more the game progressed, the more Dr. Shively COULD NOT figure out what was going on....

So, with fond memories in so many ways, I give thanks for the gift of Dr. Shively and all your family in my life.

Charlene Kottlowski

Carl Caplinger left a message on June 25, 2011:
Dr. John C. and David,
My Condolence to You and Your Family in the loss of Your Father. God Bless.
Carl Caplinger
Bill Gooden left a message on June 24, 2011:
My heart and prayers go out to you and your family David! May your Dad&s military service be celebrated along with all his other accomplishments he had. His service to his country alone, makes him a hero!

Bill Gooden
Sr RC NW Region
Indiana Patriot Guard
Dale Ready Asst' Senior Ride Captain NW. left a message on June 24, 2011:
David & Family;

I would like to convey my deepest heart felt condolences to your family and friends on there lost. You will not be far from my thoughts and prayers in the days that lay ahead. May God keep his arms around all those who grieve.

If a man has done his best, what else is there?

Dale Ready Asst& Senior Ride Captain NW.
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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