Guy Likens was called home to the Lord, October 19th, 2023 and was surrounded by his loving family. Guy was born to the late George Washington Likens Sr. and Iva Jewell (Likens) King, a painter and nursing aide, in the big city of Chicago, Illinois at Cook's County Hospital on October 13th, 1957. His parents would take him to church as a young boy, where he was immersed in the Christian community. It would later prove to become lifelong support, when he moved to Ohio and attended Hopewell United Methodist Church. And even later attended Fairfield Christian Church and Hemlock Community Church.
Guy went on to follow his father's footsteps as a Journeyman Painter of the I.U.P.A.T Local Union 1275 in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a 35-year member and would later retire from in 2012. God gifted Guy with amazing hard-working hands, that he'd utilize to the fullest throughout his lifetime. Not only would he paint, but he'd go on to build three houses with those hands. One of those houses would be in the state of Texas, the other two, later, in the state of Ohio. Guy was an incredibly hard worker and a "busy body" (even clear up to some of his last weeks) wanting everyday to provide for his family. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone and always up to something if you'd let him!
Guy was blessed with a very large and loving family. He enjoyed taking his family every weekend he could to the local Roller Rink in Amanda, Ohio. This is where, at just the age of 16, he'd meet the love of his life and best friend, Penny (Ledgett) Likens. They were later wed on October 26th, 1975 at Hopewell United Methodist Church, where God would later bless them with 48 beautiful years of marriage. Throughout their marriage, Guy would go on to become a father and help raise their five children- Brian, Amy, Lisa, Amanda, and Sheila with love, patience, humor and humility. You may hear them joke that he was "sweeter" and possibly more patient with his girls, but that he always showed them all the value in hard work and that family always came first. He taught them how to roller skate and was always the first to rock them to sleep, with some Simon & Garfunkel and BJ Thomas if they were upset. He showed them how to be a hard-worker, but most importantly, how to love and put God first.
He was a devout believer in Christ, husband, father, brother, friend, grandfather to Matthew, Allen, Josh, Susie, Anthony, Jacob, Autumn, Sierra, Ethan, Jessica, Kassinda, Megan, Isaac, Brianna, Timmy, Braden, Sarah, Payton, Breyer, Dakota, Braxton, and great-grandfather Piper and Waylon. Guy was ornery and funny, always cracking a joke and quick to tease ya. It's said you could tell how he was feeling about something just by the look in his eyes and it's joked, "his eyebrows could tell a story all in itself". He lived a full happy life, enjoying his big family, helping anyone in need and offering his helpful hands. He was kind and funny... gracious, with the biggest heart. He will be dearly loved and missed by his loved ones.
Guy is survived by his loving wife Penny, brother and sister-in-law Karl & Twila Likens, sisters Della, Doris, Pauline & Mike (Pinkstock); children, Brian & Cherokee Likens, Ben & Amy (Likens) Boring, Eric & Lisa (Likens) Roberts, Amanda (Likens) Decker & Jonathan Buckler, and Cliff & Sheila (Likens) Adams, as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents George Likens Sr. and Iva (King) Likens, mother and father-in-law, Paul & Catherine Ledgett, brother Georgie Likens and sister Mary (Likens) Chaffin, and grandson Isaac Adams.
The family will receive friends from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor-Theller Funeral Home, Amanda. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Pine Grove Cemetery with Rev. Randy Perkins officiating.
Friends may make memorial contributions to Fairfield Christian Church or Fairhope Hospice.
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
5:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)
Taylor-Theller Funeral Home