Douglas K. Livy
September 13, 1945 - May 7, 2020

Douglas K. Livy

Douglas K. Livy
Sep 13, 1945 - May 7, 2020

Douglas K. Livy
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Douglas K. Livy Jr. age 74 of Ames, Iowa died on May 7, 2020 at Bethany Manor in Story City, Iowa.
Due to federal and state guidelines for COVID-19, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Doug was born in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Douglas K. and Nora (Neafie) Livy. He started his education at Birmingham, MI, attending Seaholm High School until his junior year when his family moved to Kansas. Doug graduated from Shawnee Mission North in Kansas and went on to Kansas State College. Doug married Wendy Calderwood on June 22, 1968 in Traer, Iowa the couple made their home in Ames where Doug and Wendy owned and operated Quality Motors of Ames for 24 years retiring in 2013. Doug was a member of the Independent Auto Dealers Association, where he was President, Secretary, and Chairman of the Board, the National Independent Auto Dealers Association, nominated for the "Dealer of The Year in 2009" and volunteered at the Ames History Museum.

Doug is survived by his wife Wendy Livy of Ames, a brother and sister-in-law, John and Dar Livy of Dawsonville, GA; sister-in-law Maralyn Burkhart of Fort Madison, IA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill and Ruth Calderwood of Traer, IA; step-sister Kate Harper of Mullett Lake, MI; cousin Maggie Hunt of Divide, CO; cousin Mary W. Shelly of Bloomfield Hills, MI and 12 nieces and nephews.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dan Livy, sister-in-law Dori Livy.

Memorials may be directed to Ames History Museum or Bethany Manor.

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Tim Burkhart on May 26, 2020

I will always remember Uncle Doug’s smile and the energy he put into everything he did. He knew how to work hard and have fun and was a great role model for us all.

Gary Holcomb on May 15, 2020

Everyone was blessed to have know Doug. I knew him from the car and car stereo business for 30 some years. Always had a joke and a great sense of humor. Will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Mavis Butler on May 15, 2020

I was so saddened to read of Doug's passing. He was so full of life and mischief. Our paths haven't crossed recently but know that you are on my mind and close to my heart.
With caring,
Mavis Lowman Butler

Eric Danielson on May 14, 2020

Wendy, so sorry to learn of Doug’s passing. He always had a wonderful spirit and he always looked for any way possible to help me put a car deal together when I needed more money for a trade in at Jordan Motors.
He genuinely cared about people and customers, and operated with total integrity. He was a great human being! The world lost a great one in Doug. I’m glad to have known him.
Eric Danielson

Bret Burkhart on May 10, 2020

Doug was always interested in cars and loved what he did. He lived life to the fullest and gave back to the Ames and Iowa State University community. I am proud to be able to call him Uncle Doug. He will be missed, but will always live on in our memories.

Dale & Jan P. on May 10, 2020

Wendy, all our sympathy & prayers. Thinking of you. Dale & Jan

Erich on May 9, 2020

I just found this out. I remember working for you guys at Quality Motors. He was always a nice guy. Even at hockey he took the time to talk to me. I'm so sorry to hear about his passing. I'm keeping you in my prayers.


Sue Besco on May 9, 2020

Sorry to hear this Wendy, my thoughts are with you. Sue Besco

Dean Lange on May 9, 2020

Wendy, My deepest condolences to you on Doug's passing. I met Doug through my father who drove vehicles for Doug to and from auctions. Doug was one of dads favorites. I would sit back and listen to them gab ro each other which I got a kick out of. God Bless and RIP Doug. Dean Lange

ken muse on May 9, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Doug was always a great friend. He will be missed. Ken Muse

Ann Coppernoll on May 9, 2020

Wendy, We are so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. always enjoyed the New year Day gathering at your home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ann Coppernoll and Garrett Farni

Mary Harman on May 9, 2020

Wendy, we are so very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. So many fun memories when coming in to see you guys while selling advertising to Quality Motors through the years. May your memories give you comfort today and always...

Larry Olson on May 9, 2020

Wendy, I am so sorry to hear that Doug who has been one of my best friends for almost 50 years is no longer with us. It is hard to find the words to express my feelings but he will be so deeply missed.

Scott Burkhart on May 8, 2020

So many memories! Uncle Doug had a great story for everything :)

Linda Kilgore Landers on May 8, 2020

Wendy I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Hold on to all of your wonderful memories. I'm sending prayers your way.

Lori Tuttle on May 8, 2020

Our sympathies and prayers. Scott and I remember Doug very well, and he was such a kind man. We have great memories of him finding cars for our kids, and he will be missed by many. So sorry, Wendy! - Scott and Lori

Jon and Connie Buss on May 8, 2020

Our sympathy and prayers. Doug was a wonderful man and left us with many gond memories. Blessings. Jon and Connie Buss

Mary Ann and Paul Lundy on May 8, 2020

Sympathy to Wendy and his family. He was so helpful getting cars for our sons when they we teenagers.



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