Paul Joseph Shively, age 97, of Boyne City Michigan, was born on March 13, 1915. He passed to his rest on March 4, 2013. Paul was born to the late Charles and Ruth (Smith) Shively in the town of Dimondale, Michigan. Paul had one sister, Esther, who was three years older. Esther once pulled him from a horse tank when he was small, and often reminded him that she had saved his life.
When Paul was four years old his family moved across the Straits of Mackinac to a town called Cooks. Life was not easy for the Shively family, but Paul spoke of hard working, Godly parents, and the fun he and Esther shared together. In later years, Paul would regale family with tales of the cold winters, and the many adventures he, his sister, and parents experienced.
Paul attended Cedar Lake Academy and later worked for Briggs Ford Body Shop. Paul belonged to the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the Free Masons. While visiting his Uncle Frank, he met and married his first wife, now deceased, the former Maxine Woodard. They had three sons, Kenneth, Phil, and Jim. Kenneth passed away at age two, a sorrow that Paul bore for the rest of his life. Paul was proud of his two remaining sons and the sports they were involved in at the local high school and the fine men they became.
Paul started a cement processing plant in Dimondale selling it after one year. He bought Dimondale Plumbing and became a master plumber. He was known as the “plumbing and heating” man providing top notch service to the region. Eventually, Paul was employed by Michigan State University from which he retired, as a supervisor.
Following his retirement, Paul met Lucile Tetreau Sherwood and moved to Boyne City, Michigan. They married and enjoyed thirty two years of wedded bliss. Paul became an active member of the Boyne City Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Over the ensuing years, he served the church in several capacities, including deacon and assisting at the Community Service Center.
Lucille was the center of his world. They enjoyed several years of traveling, and spending winters in Florida. He liked to fish, camp, and was an avid reader with an inquisitive mind and wit. He embraced every opportunity for a gathering with family and friends . . . the more the merrier.
A generous spirit, Paul was always ready to help others. Many of his neighbors have benefited from his expertise, and willingness to assist them. Paul faithfully supported his church and humanitarian missions. He gave freely of his time to his large, extended family; always taking time to listen, inquire about the well being of each member, and to keep them in his prayers.
A dedicated Bible student, Paul was especially interested in God’s forgiveness. It was often a topic of discussion, and he treasured verses of encouragement. He had a strong, personal, relationship with his Lord and was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Paul spent the final months of his life at Boulder Park Terrace, where his wife Lucille spent her days at his side. He was cheered by visits from family and friends, and the scripture promises he had held close to his heart for many years. On March 4, 2013, he passed to his rest content in the knowledge of the love of his Savior.
He is predeceased by the loving mother of his three sons, Maxine (Woodard) Shively, his son Kenneth, and his sister Esther Welsh.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lucile (Tetreau Sherwood) Shively, along with two children; Philip (Carol Ann) Shively, James Shively; three step-children, Leonard (Susan) Sherwood, Leland (Danella) Sherwood, and Joan (Albert) Miller; 5 grandchildren, Bruce (Rebecca) Shively, Valerie (Norman) Ulch, Pamela Cory, Barry (Barbara) Shively, and Mindy (Christopher) Robertson, 7 step-grandchildren; Leonard (Karen) Sherwood, Jr., Connie(Jack) Dunlop, Rodney (Coleen) Sherwood, Valerie Schiedler, Fawn (Jason) Scherencel, Robin (Matt) Rees, and Cara (Roberto) Gamez; 11 great-grandchildren; Cameron, Andrea, Alyssa, Caleb, Erica, Rachel, Derek, Heather, Ashley, Erin and Joshua; and 17 step-great grandchildren; Maria, Laura, Kelly, Andrea, Daniel, Angie, Mark, Mike, Nicholas, Jared, Nollie, Molly, Nicholas, Brock, Brody, Brittany, Briena, Brandt, Brenae, and several great, great, grandchildren, a niece Juanita (Linden) Curtis, and nephew Raymond (Janet) Welsh.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Stackus Funeral Home in Boyne City with visitation being held from 12:00 noon until the time of service.
Interment will follow at the Windsor Township Cemetery in Diamondale at 2:00 pm Thursday, March 14, 2013.
A heartfelt thank you for the compassionate care given by the staff of Boulder Park Terrace and Hospice of Northwest Michigan.