1949 - 2019

James Lively, age 70, of Lone Tree, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at his home, following a courageous battle with stomach cancer.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lone Tree. Burial will be held at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery in Omaha, Neb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in James’ honor to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition or American Cancer Society

To share a thought, memory or condolence with James’ family, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.

James Delbert Lively was born March 29, 1949, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Everett Jack and Mary Catherine (Crisp) Lively. He graduated from Ryan High School in Omaha, Neb. He went on to attend trade school for two years in Des Moines.

On May 19, 1973, he was united in marriage to Carol Ann Fitgerald in Dunlap, Iowa. To this union, four children were born. Following their marriage, the couple resided in Omaha for 14 years and spent the last 32 in Lone Tree.

James worked for Proctor & Gamble as an industrial electrician, retiring in 2015. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Lone Tree. In his free time, he enjoyed bicycling, putting more than 30,000 miles on one of his bikes. He also enjoyed going to all of his grandchildren’s activities, helping his son-in-law on the farm and traveling to National Parks. Perhaps one of his greatest joys was time spent with his family and friends.

James is survived by his wife: Carol of Lone Tree; two daughters: Michelle (Tom) Cheney of Deep River, Iowa, and their children Adam, Alex and Abby; Melissa (fiancée Chris Neve) Lively of Coralville, Iowa, and her son Brian; two sons: Michael Lively of Denver, Colo., and Matthew (fiancée Rachel Simons) Lively of New Bern, N. C.; his father: Everett (Joyce) Lively of Gretna, Neb.; his sibings: Ressa Smith of Nederland, Colo., David (Nila) Lively of Bellevue, Neb., Janet Lively of La Vista, Neb., Debra (Stievon) Copher of Omaha, Neb., John Lively of La Vista, Neb., and Katherine (William) Murakami of Denver, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his mother: Mary Colton; one brother: Daniel Lively; one brother-in-law: Mark Smith.

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