Richard Hively was born on June 13, 1920, in Gallia County, Ohio, and died at his home in Arvada on Dec. 13, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Dorothy Brown Hively; and is survived by four stepchildren: Dorna Comstock (Carlos) and Furman Brown of Arvada, Brooke Nickerson (Darrell) of Centennial and Dierk Brown (Mary) of Idaho Springs; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. There are also kin in Ohio and supportive friends in the Arvada neighborhood.
Dick grew up on a farm not far from the Ohio River and learned to hunt at an early age. Hunting and fishing defined his life aside from several years in the U.S. Navy during World War II and his working life as an auto mechanic. While living in Idaho Springs where he met Dorothy Brown in the late 1950s, Hively managed a service station at the west end of town owned by Raleigh and Tom Johnson and was in business with Carl Duncan in a café located along Clear Creek at the east end of town where the Texaco station now stands. The Hivelys lived in Spokane, Wash., through most of the 1960s and early 1970s, and upon returning to Colorado settled in Arvada, where he maintained equipment for a paving company until retiring. He was a member of the Operating Engineers. Dick continued to hunt and fish until it became difficult for him to bend and climb.
He was a great fan of country/western music and the late race-car driver Dale Earnhardt.
Dick and Dotty always had a husky-type dog in their household, and he especially loved the wild wolves of North America. The family will hold a simple memorial service after the holidays.
Donations may be made to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, P.O. Box 713, Divide, CO 80814.