Obituary for Robert Hively

Robert Thomas “RT” Hively, 98, of Safford entered eternal rest on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Peoria, Arizona. He was born on Jan. 6, 1923, in Mt. Home, Arkansas to Arthur W. Hively and Ruth Lovelace Hively, with siblings Lowell, Lee, Veda, and Junior.

RT met and then married the love of his life, Noeta Bowerman, on July 3, 1944 and they were blessed with three children; Tom, John, and Freda Ruth. He had a great love for the outdoors and nature. He loved hunting elk, deer, squirrels, and rabbits. He really enjoyed camping and fishing. Anything having to do with the great outdoors and he was all in. He also enjoyed playing dominoes and eating pies. The family joke was “he never met a pie he didn’t like!”

He was a carpet installer by trade and took great pride in his work in the flooring industry. He was very proud of the business he had built and everyone that became a customer was equally impressed with the work he had done for them.

Robert Hively

RT was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ruth Hively; his loving wife, Noeta; his siblings, Lowell, Lee, Veda, and Junior; his son, Tom, and his daughter, Freda Ruth.    

He is survived by his son, John Hively, and his daughter-in-law, Methune Hively; his grandson Tommy Hively II; his five great-grandchildren, and his dog, Boots. 

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or to your favorite charity.

 A viewing was held Friday, Feb. 26, at 1p.m. at McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel, with the Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Interment followed in the Safford Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at