VeteranHenry Stivers

Henry StiversHenry Richard “Dick” Stivers, 88, of Rushville died at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 2009, at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

He was born March 13, 1921, in Woodstock Township, Schuyler County, a son of Glenn B. and Velma May Fretueg Stivers. He first married Lenore Hopkins. He later married Mary Elizabeth Stoneking Stambaugh on Dec. 1, 1975, in Rushville. She preceded him in death on July 29, 2002.

He also was preceded in death by four sisters, Juanita Stivers, Sophia Irwin, Mary Ann Tucker and Minnie Arnold; and one infant brother.

Surviving are three stepchildren, Kay Davis, Francis (and Linda) Stambaugh and Lynn Stambaugh, all of Rushville; two sisters, Louise Davis McMillan of Wheat Ridge, Colo., and Margurite Smith of Rushville; several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He served his country as a cook in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

After the service, he returned to Rushville to start a doughnut shop with his parents. He later built the current Pizza Unlimited building and had many jobs during his life. He was a farmer, construction worker, state highway worker, school bus driver and restaurant owner.

He was of Christian faith.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with David Haney officiating. Burial will be in Herche Cemetery west of Rushville, with military rites conducted by U.S. Coast Guard. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Rushville Fire Department or the charity of one’s choice.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/7/2009