Cecil Ivie, 82, of O'Fallon, Mo., died at home on April 2, 2010.
Cecil was born Aug. 31, 1927 in Hoxie, Ark., to Cecil H. and Mary Baughn Ivie.
He graduated from Caruth High School in 1946 and served in the Navy until 1948. In 1949 he moved to St. Louis where he met and married Merlene Kimberling and began work with General Motors. He worked on the Corvette line and had a part in painting every Corvette produced until 1981. He moved to Bowling Green, Ky., when General Motors transferred the Corvette operation there. Cecil retired in Jan. 1, 1985 and enjoyed his time fishing on the lakes of Kentucky as well as working part time for Greenwood Ford. In 2005, Cecil moved back to O'Fallon, to be near his children and grandchildren.
Cecil is survived by two siblings, Lois Calhoun and husband Ralph Calhoun, of Wilmar, Ark., and Leon Ivie and wife Molly Ivie, of Ruidoso, New Mexico; first wife, Merlene Ivie Hockman; two children, Michael Ivie and wife Patricia Ivie, of Wentzville, Mo., and Marcia Reed and husband Gene Reed, of Holts Summit, Mo. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Michael Taylor, Monica Bohle, Michael Meyer, Brian Ivie, and Aaron Ivie as well as two great-grandchildren, Dalton Taylor and Dakota Taylor.
Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil H. and Mary Ivie; siblings, Glen Ivie, Leroy Ivie, Jim Ivie, and Shirley McIntosh; and wife, Delora Ivie.
Cecil was fortunate to have very good friends and neighbors who made his life richer through their friendship and caring. If you wish to honor the life of Cecil Ivie, please do so by way of small acts of kindness for a friend, neighbor, or even a stranger.