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Glenn Ivan Sivils

November 5, 1938 — October 21, 2023

Pleasant Hill, Missouri

Glenn Ivan Sivils, 84, of Pleasant Hill, was born, November 5, 1938, in Foster, Missouri, the son of Glenn Austin Sivils and Ruth Theo Radcliffe. He departed this life, Saturday, October 21, 2023, at his home, in Pleasant Hill, Missouri with his wife of 62 years by his side. 

Ivan attended Rich Hill Schools and graduated from Rich Hill High School in 1956.

Ivan was married to Carrie May Surls on June 24th, 1961 in Hume, Missouri. They were blessed with a son and daughter during their marriage. Carrie honored their wedding vows, till his very last breath, embodying the true meaning of “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”

Ivan would continue on to join the United States Army in 1961 where he would be drafted in October of that year. Ivan served as a member of the 7th Transportation Corps and would be deployed to Schenkenberg, Germany that year and would return in November 1963 after the birth of their son, Samual Glenn Sivils.

Ivan was employed at Leeds General Motors plant in Kansas City, Missouri where he worked in the paint department. Ivan retired from General Motors in 1988 after 30 years of service. In his retirement he and his son started a plumbing and gas line business. In earlier years he was an active member of his union, UAW Local 93.

Ivan enjoyed many things after fully retiring from his plumbing business. He would often be found at the dining room table doing puzzles, in his recliner reading Western and Civil War novels or the funnies in the newspaper. He also enjoyed working outside in the yard, pushing his grandchildren in the swing, and taking them to explore the woods. During family gatherings he would often be found wrestling and playing with his grandchildren, or with his hand in the cookie jar. Many of his neighbors knew him by his fascination of looking over the bridge at the fish in the creek next to their house. When his grandkids were younger, Ivan never missed an opportunity to pick them up from school for a day at the grandparents. He loved sugary sweets and could be found sneaking them under Grandma's nose any day of the week.

Ivan was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Austin Sivils, mother, Ruth Theo Radcliffe, brother, Randy Craig Sivils, sisters, Shirley Ellis and Linda Kay Watkins, son, Samual Glenn Sivils, and an infant grandson, David Abraham Sivils.

­­­He is survived by his wife of the home, Carrie May Sivils; his daughter Pamela Johnson of Bates City, Missouri; grandchildren, Drake Sivils of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Dawson Sivils of Pleasant Hill, Jessica Huey (David Kihara) of Lee’s Summit, Nick Huey of Archie; great grandchildren, Keegan Zizza of Lee’s Summit, Jazlyn Taylor of Lee’s Summit, Kensley Kihara of Lee’s Summit, Aiden Kihara of Lee’s Summit, and Penelope “Penny” Huey.

The family will hold a private Celebration of Life at a later date, along with interment of ashes at the Higginsville Veterans Cemetery.

Per the families wishes, cremation has been arranged.

If desired, memorial contributions can be made to the VFW Post 3118 and may be sent in care of the funeral home.


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Arrangements: Stanley-Edenburn Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

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