Venita “Kay” Ivy

February 11, 1938 ‒ July 28, 2019

Galion, Ohio


Venita “Kay” Ivy, 81, of Galion passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Signature HealthCare of Galion.

Born February 11, 1938 in Crestline, she was the daughter of Martin and Martha (Cochran) Duffner. She married Raymond K. Ivy on March 1, 1956 and he preceded her on July 12, 2013.

She was a member of Bucyrus Church of God and worked at the former North Electric Company for 24 years. Kay loved to collect angels, roosters and light houses. She was a “Gold Star Mother” whose family was very important to her. Kay loved people and enjoyed giving out hugs to all.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Debbie Ivy of Galion and Keith and Becki Ivy of Galion; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathie and Doug Shifley of Galion; two daughters-in-law, Lee Ann Ivy of Ontario and Michele Ivy of Galion; 18 grandchildren, Jody Montgomery, Frank Ivy, Domenica Cox, Aleta Rowe, Joshua Shifley, Jacob Ivy, Abram Ivy, Samuel Ivy, Hannah Hall, Heidi Ivy, Hope Ivy, Nathaniel Ivy, Caleb Ivy, Harrison Ivy, Reagan Ivy, Gabe Ivy, Kale Early and Grace Early; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings Vernon “Larry” (Carol) Duffner of Galion, Duane Duffner of Galion, Kevin (Mary Jane) Duffner of Mansfield, Zoa Duffner of Crestline, Maureen Caldwell of Nevada, Ohio and Darlene (Jim) Guinther of Bucyrus.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by sons, Kendall Ivy I, Kendall Ivy II and Kevin Ivy and siblings Faith Miller, Crystal Ditmars, Sandy Woods and Lanny Duffner.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 5, 2019 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2019 with Pastor Jason Merritt officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Galion.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Kay Ivy, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • OH she was one of my favorite people always giving me a hug and a kiss. She loved her family and loved her Lord and Savior. She can finally be with her wonderful husband and her sons. Thinking of all of the family.

  • I am one of the many lives that Kay touched during her life. I’m so sorry. I have missed my hugs and kisses these past few years. It’s lovely to know that Kay is so happy at last with Ray and her sons and other family members. Love and Peace to you all.

  • We are very sorry for your loss. Kay was always a kind and friendly person. You all are in our thoughts and prayers

  • To the Ivy Family,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for your loss.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • I spent a lot of time at her house with Kendall growing up. She spoiled her boy more than any parent I’ve ever seen. I was somewhat jealous. That love she showed then carried on throughout her entire life. Just look at the family she raised.
    I spent the evening and part of one morning with her recently. She repeatedly said how much she loved her family. Over and over. Despite being in pain – she was so polite to everyone saying “Thank you so much “ at any gesture. I’ll never forget this lady; the epitome of class and simplicity. The sweetest and most loving woman I’ve ever met.

    Fly to the angels Mrs Ivy. I’d love to seen the reunion up there when your boys met you at the Gates. Enjoy eternity with no pain and never having to say goodbye again. We will see you soon.

    Semper Fidelis,
    Love ya !


  • Ray and Kay were residents of Dexter, Missouri for awhile. They checked on my mother and even when they moved back to Ohio they still stayed in touch. We got to visit in their Ohio home several times. At restaurants they would ask their waitresses about their children and were always so caring and friendly. They took us on a tour to all their children’s homes and their families. We got to visit Kay back in May this year. So glad we got to see her and her family at her home. Very good memories.

    Jimmie & Marianna Burge

    Dexter, MO