Olan R. Shively, mechanical engineer

Olan R. Shively, a retired mechanical engineer who collected vintage Plymouth automobiles, died Sept. 19 of liver cancer at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley.

The former longtime Millersville resident was 88.

The son of a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad telegrapher and a homemaker, Olan Roger Shively was born and raised in Minerva, Ohio, where he graduated in 1942 from Minerva High School.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1947 from Ohio State University, where he had been active in the ROTC, Mr. Shively served on active duty for four years with the Army Corps of Engineers. His service included a tour of duty in Korea during the war.

He remained active in the Army Reserves until 1985, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Shively moved to Baltimore in 1956 when he went to work as a mechanical engineer in Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Aerospace Division, from which he retired in 1989.

For years, Mr. Shively was active with the Boy Scouts and had been an adult leader with Boy Scout Troops 768, 813 and 841.

In 1980, he was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Award of Merit, and the next year, the Silver Beaver Award by the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Mr. Shively enjoyed collecting, working on and driving classic vintage Plymouth automobiles. He amassed a collection of 11 of the cars built by the Chrysler Corp. They included a 1940 Plymouth sedan, a 1940 Plymouth convertible and a 1941 Plymouth sedan.

Others in his collection included a 1947 Plymouth sedan, a 1947 Chrysler Club Coupe and two Plymouth Fury III's from 1965. The one non-Chrysler was a 1964 Mustang convertible.

Mr. Shively, whose cars had won awards at several meets, was a member of the Plymouth Owners Club and the Mid-Atlantic Region Plymouth Owners Club.

A 32nd-degree Mason, he had been a member for 65 years of the Tubal Lodge F. & A.M. in Minerva, Ohio, and the Scottish Rite and the Boumi Temple in Baltimore.

He was a member of the Grange and in 1991, he was presented the Golden Sheath Certificate from the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry for 55 years of service.

He was a member of Harundale Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an elder since 1959.

Since 2009, Mr. Shively had resided at Bonnie Blink with his wife of 55 years, the former Arlene Enedy.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Maryland Masonic Home, 300 International Circle.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Shively is survived by two sons, Orbie R. Shively of Dickeyville and David R. Shively of Leonardtown; two daughters, Karen R. Ziegler and Laurel A. Goodrick, both of Owings Mills; and six grandchildren.


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