Owen Daniel Shively 1945-2018

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
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Owen Daniel Shively, 73, passed away peacefully with family at his side Dec. 22, 2018, at Spirit Mountain Hospice House in Cody, Wyoming, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

He was born Feb. 20, 1945, in Bozeman, Montana, the son of Owen and Jeanette Shively. He was the youngest of four children. His father was a school superintendent in Montana and his mother was a house mother at a Montana State University sorority. Dan was active in high school sports and graduated from high school in Bozeman in 1963.

He attended Montana State, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1968 and master’s degree in 1974, both in Botany, and later worked toward a Ph.D., doing research in wheat disease. He enjoyed fraternity life and was an ROTC student at MSU.

He served in the Army for six years, much of the time at Fort Benning, Georgia, reaching the rank of Captain. After his active duty ended in 1975 he served in the Army Reserves.

He then moved to Kansas and worked as an Agricultural Extension Agent in two communities. He later took classes in the agricultural lending school at Kansas State University. His banking career started in those years with Fourth National Bank in Wichita. In 1977 he moved to Billings to join the Norwest banking system as head of ag lending. Working for Norwest, in 1983 he moved to Dillon, Montana, to Butte, Montana, in 1986 and then to Casper in 1987, serving as President/ CEO of all three banks.

In 1989 he and wife Tana and their two young children moved to Cody when Dan became President/CEO of Shoshone First National Bank. He led the bank in that capacity until he retired in 2000. Under his leadership the bank enjoyed great success, nearly doubling its asset base.

Dan was always active in community life, enjoying participation in the Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs. He also served in various economic development groups, the Cody Medical Foundation and for one term as president of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed golf, fly fishing, woodworking, cabin life on the North Fork, backpacking and skiing.

His friends and family remember him as a caring person who often helped people behind the scenes. He was a true friend to many. Dan was generous, outgoing, fun-loving and enjoyed hosting parties. As an employer, he always listened to his staff and believed in second chances.

Survivors include his wife Tana of Cody; children Daniel (Melissa) Shively of Boise, Idaho, Casey Shively of Cody, Spencer (Colleen) Shively of Pleasant Hill, California, and Katie Poppy of Kelowna, British Columbia; his sister Joyce Maynard of Windsor, Colorado; sister-in-law Margaret Shively of Woodland Hills, California, sister-in-law Lenore Shively of Sonora, California; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers David Shively and Jim Shively.

A Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at Ballard Funeral Home, with a reception to follow at Cassie’s Supper Club.

The family suggests those who wish to do so consider contributions in Dan’s memory to Spirit Mountain Hospice House (1021 9th St., Cody) or Wyoming chapter Alzheimer’s Association (2232 Dell Range Blvd., #220, Cheyenne, 82009).