George W. Jividen Sr.

September 16, 1938 ‒ March 07, 2015

Cardington, Ohio

George W. Jividen Sr., age 76, of Marion and formerly of Cardington and Mount Gilead, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday afternoon, March 7, 2015, at the Marion General Hospital.

On September 16, 1938, George was born in Wellston, OH, the son of the late Basil William and Ruby Frances (Talbott) Jividen. He graduated from high school in Vinton County, OH.

George served his country in the U.S. Army, receiving his Honorable Discharge in October 1967.

On October 8, 1965, George married Yvonne Kay Somerlot. They were married over 37 years and raised three children before she preceded him in death on April 20, 2003. On May 21, 2005, he married Martha Lua Philbrook and they have enjoyed their time together since then.

Over the years, George worked at many factories including: H.P.M., B.F. Goodrich, and Sunray Stove Company.

In his spare time, he was a wheeler and dealer of antiques. His face always lit up when he found an antique store and enjoyed going to auctions.

Above all, George’s heart was with his family and his church, Gilead Friends Church, where he had been a member since 2000. He was very involved there, especially with evangelism and missions. He had taken five short term mission trips to Jamaica teaching Bible school and presenting the plan of salvation. He mentored and was looked up to by many youth throughout the church.

George will be dearly missed by his wife, Martha, of Marion; two sons: George W. Jividen Jr. of Chandler, AZ, Kevin (Mary) Jividen of Delaware; 2 grandchildren: Julie (Shannon) Green, John (Mary) Fox; five great grandchildren; five brothers: Pastor John (Sylvia) Jividen of New Lexington, OH, Charles (Ruth) Jividen, Pastor Bob (Jenifer) Jividen, Tom (Debbie) Jividen, David (Kay) Jividen, all of McArthur, OH; a sister, Cora Mae (Philip) Pettet of Albany, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelley L. Jividen.

George’s family will greet friends from 3 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Gilead Friends Church, 3613 Twp. Rd. 115, Mount Gilead, OH. Services celebrating his homecoming will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015, with Pastor Brian Mosher, Pastor Bob Jividen, and Pastor John Jividen officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Windfall Cemetery.

Rather than flowers, his family requests memorial contributions be made to Gilead Friends Church or to the family to assist with medical expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve the Jividen family, and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • As long as I’ve known George, I have looked up to him. His fervent desire to share his Savior with all mankind should burn within each of us as it did George. He will be missed.

  • Martha, I enjoyed talking antiques and history with George. My sympathy to you and the family.

  • Uncle George, my sweet precious uncle. I love you and will miss you here on Earth. I know you are rejoicing in Heaven now with family and friends and our Savior. Thank-you for all the years of love you showed me. Every year on our birthday I will wish you happy birthday and smile knowing you are celebrating for eternity! Love you! See you soon some day,

  • My deepest condolences to George’s family. I am part of his family too, he was my cousin. I am happy to know he will be going to heaven.

  • George had the gift of evangelism. The Holy Spirit used him to win many souls. He & Martha were such team! He loved us all & would quickly hug us with his big strong arms. He encouraged, disciplined & used the sword of the Word. No human was too hopeless that George would not do battle for their soul. He was faithful to the end. May God raise up more George Jividens.

  • Martha I am so sorry for your loss. May you have comfort and peace in the Lord. God Bless you.

  • a great man of God a great loss for he was loved by many . So Sorry for your loss Martha

  • George was a true champion for Jesus he was one of my mentors and the lord is using him as a teacher in heaven and when I get there I’ll look foreword to learning from Goerge again and forever bless you sir

  • Uncle George, I have so many memories of you. The summers I stayed at your house, they way I thought You looked like Johnny Cash, spending time with your family and my cousins. I will miss you. Tell Grandpa and Grandma and all our family in Heaven we love and miss them.

  • George has always been so special to me. George and my sister Yvonne married when I was only 4 years old. He was always like a big brother to me, taking me everywhere with them that they went, and then did the same with my girls. He always reminded me about going to McDonald’s, and I would drink all of my pop and get full, so I would put my hamburger and french fries under his back seat. He would find it two weeks later! What fun we had, and what a blessing Martha was when he married her. Love them both and will continue to pray for you sweet sister in law. Many great memories! Cathy

  • I have been blessed to have such a wonderful uncle. I know he is celebrating in Heaven today. I have such wonderful memories of staying at your house. I love you.

  • Sending love and prayers your way Martha. George was one of a kind loved by everyone that knew him.

  • Dear, sweet Martha. You are a strong woman of grace & reason. When you married George you two became quite the team & the strength doubled. In your quiet, unasuming ways you both served the Lord & others with such love & tenacity. You both have touched the hearts of many & will continue to do so. We are so sorry for your loss. We love you. George’s will be missed.

  • I am praying for you Martha. Like others have said you and George were a great team for the Lord.

  • Dear Martha,
    so sorry for your loss. May God be with you as you grieve the loss of George! you were such a special couple and showed love and concern for all you met. Because you and George shared Christ with others, there will be many walking the streets of gold, who wouldn’t have been there otherwise. You and George have truly been Christ’s witnesses!

  • I’ve so many fond memories of Uncle Geotge. Being the namesake of his first wife, Yvonne (my mother is Clara Black, Aunt Yvonne’s sister) I always had a special bond with him. He was an ornery uncle who just had that look in his eye & you knew you were in for some good teasing 🙂 we spent so much time at their house as mom & Aunt Yvonne were so close & us 6 kids being almost stair-steps in age made for a whole lot of good memories!! He loved us & never ever left it unsaid. The best thing he ever did was lead my dad to The Lord ..where many before him had failed! Dad was critically ill in the hospital with no good outcome & not many months left as his heart was completely wore out from 25+ years of heart trouble. Uncle George said The Lord told him he had to talk to my dad ..and he went to the hospital to see him. Dad always believed in God & The Lord but had many questions that he had to ask & he asked of every person that tried to witness to him previously. My dad always said that people got religion & he didn’t understand it ..till that day. He told me he finally got it ..that you didn’t get religion ..but that you got Jesus Christ. Once dad accepted The Lord ..his face was even changed ..his color was good for the first time in 25 yrs. and he was sincere!! If Uncle George had not obeyed the call of The Lord ..I truly don’t know what would have happened. I will be forever grateful that he did!! And that was the kind of Christian Uncle George was.

  • One thing we know for sure. George is in heaven with God.
    We know you are being blessed by those that love you.
    Rest in the peace of our Lord and Savior.
    Love you, Fred & Marilyn