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Radcliff loses a founding father

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By The Staff

By JEFF D’ALESSIO jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com

RADCLIFF — When Radcliff was just becoming a city more than 50 years ago, Howard Shively Jr. seemed to have a hand in just about everything.

He was a citizen, business owner, former city councilman and served on the city’s first fire department.

“He was instrumental in the birth of Radcliff as a city,’’ said Mike Weaver. “He is one of the people from Radcliff who can claim original ownership in Radcliff. Really, he’s one of the founding fathers over here.’’

Shively died Tuesday at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville. He was 83.

A Navy veteran of World War II, Shively owned and operated Shively’s Auto Center for more than 50 years.

He also went on the first run by the fire department not long after the city’s birth in 1956.

“We couldn’t get the truck started,’’ Shively said in a 2006 story in The News-Enterprise. Shively and another firefighter were able to get the fire truck started and put out a grass fire along U.S. 31W. Shively played a key role in getting the city fire department going and served as an assistant chief.

Weaver said he saw Shively, a friend for about 30 years, within the last week when he was at home.

“I’m sure going to miss him,’’ Weaver said.

Fred Chandler worked for Shively for 18 years at the auto center and said he was much more than a boss, despite coming across at times as “grouchy.’’

“If you didn’t know him and you met him for the first time, you would think he was grouchy,’’ Chandler said. “But when you got to know him, he had a heart of gold and he would help you any way he could. If it was possible for him to do it, he’d do it.

“He was more of a dad to me than a boss,’’ he added.

Shively also served on the Radcliff Water Board.

“He did just about everything in this city except be the mayor,’’ Chandler said.

Visitation begins today at 1 p.m. at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757.