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Donald Gene Shively

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Donald Gene Shively Obituary
Donald Gene Shively

Loveland - Donald Gene Shively. Son of John and Margaret Shively (deceased). Brother to John Shively and Joanne (Shively) Platt (deceased). Devoted husband of Jean Shively (Foster). Loving father of Scott Matthew Shively (deceased) and Susanne (Nick) Halmi. Adoring Poppy to his grandchildren, Matthew David Schlotman, Michael Joseph Shively, Sarah Jean Halmi and John Foster Shively. Great-Grandfather to Delaney Rae Shively.

Passed away, surrounded by his loving family, on September 11, 2018 at the age of 88. Born on August 25, 1930 in Forsythe, Montana. Don enlisted in the United States Navy in 1948 and served in the Korean War on the Wallace L. Lind. He married Jean Foster on November 25, 1953 while attending Montana State University. Don transferred to The Ohio State University; graduating in 1956 with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree.

Upon graduation, Don joined Cincinnati Milacron where he held various roles of increasing responsibility. These roles provided the opportunity for his family to enjoy and live in Singapore and England as well as travel the world. In 1985, the New York Times reported that Don Shively was named the new President of Cincinnati Milacron only to be retracted three days later stating he was given the role and responsibilities, but not the title! He remained and acted in this capacity for three years until his retirement at the young age of 58. He continued his professional career as a consultant for the World Bank working on various global assignments. Don remained a loyal company man until the end.

Retiring at a young age afforded Don the opportunity to spend time with his family and be an adoring Poppy to his grandchildren. Don loved spending time in his garden and was awarded the title of Master Gardner by the Cincinnati Horticultural Society. He enjoyed daily cocktails with his wife and neighbors on the back patio and also maintained close friendships with those he met in Singapore and at The Mill. Don was a great story teller who enriched the lives of those around him through his witty sense of humor. Don lived his life by the Golden Rule and was a wonderful example to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. A private celebration of his life will be held in the coming weeks.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2018
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