C. J. Ivy, Jr., son of the late Crawford John, Sr. and Maud Kirk Ivy, born in Brinkley, Ark., on Aug. 10, 1931, and died in Dexter on Sept. 14, 2009, at the age of 78.
Mr. Ivy had lived in Arkansas and Chicago, Ill., before moving to Dexter 14 years ago. At age 17, C.J. entered the U. S. Army, serving 21 years. He served in Korea and Vietnam; and he retired in 1971. He was a member of the American Legion.
On July 18, 1956, he married Lovina Hasler in Blytheville, Ark.
Surviving are his wife, Lovina Ivy of Dexter; three sons, Rex Ivy of Greenville, S.D., Scott Ivy of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Stan Chism of Copperas Cove, Texas; one daughter, Teresa Ivy of Dexter; six grandchildren, Dawn Chism of Houston, Texas, Debbie Chism of Copperas Cove, Texas, Jason Josupait of Essex, Sondra Ivy of Fort Riley, Kan., Taylor Ivy and Niki Ivy, both of Greenville, S.D.; three great-grandchildren, Chris Chism of Copperas Cove, Texas, Logan Josupait of Essex and Kale Avila of Fort Riley, Kan. Other relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Frank and Dan Ivy.
Visitation will be held on Monday after 9 a.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Graveside services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with Rev. Kenneth Biggs of Dexter officiating.
Interment will be in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military rites. Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter is in charge of arrangements.