Dick Livingston obit

Dick Livingston

ROANOKE – Richard W. “Dick” Livingston, 89, died at 9:29 p.m., Sunday, July 14, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria.

He was born July 11, 1930, in Kewanee, the son of William and Verna Ensley Livingston. He married Mary Lucas on Dec. 22, 1949, in Clinton, Iowa. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Larry (Susan) Livingston, Chesapeake, Va., and Ricky (LaDena) Livingston, Minonk; two daughters, Robin (Dave) Mahrt, Normal and Lisa (Bret) Washburn, National Air Station Lemoore, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Keith (Marcella) Livingston, Cary Livingston, Halye Livingston, Ashley (Dan) Ennis, Adam (Sarah) Mahrt, Levi (Irina) Washburn, Andrew (Shannon) Mahrt and Sandy (Brian) Conner; six great-grandchildren, Valentina Livingston, Andreia Mahrt, Zachary Mahrt, Palmer Washburn, Lucas Mahrt and Cory Mahrt, and one brother, David Boynton, Concordia, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

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Dick served in the Army National Guard from 1947 to 1950 in the 223rd Division Field Artillery Battalion. He worked for 43 years as a cattle inseminator for NIBCO and then with Select Sires and finally with Caterpillar before he retired in 1993. Dick enjoyed his work very much. He was a longtime member of Roanoke American Legion Post No. 463, where he served in various capacities, Roanoke United Methodist Church, where he was involved with the UM Men, and the Woodford County Veteran’s Assistance Commission (VAC). Dick was privileged to go on the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight in June 2019, a trip he greatly enjoyed with his son-in-law, Dave, who served as his chaperone. He liked to fish, collect cow memorabilia and travel. The couple visited all 50 states, Mexico, Canada and a small section of Europe. Above all else, Dick loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. The family would like to thank Dr. Shay, his staff and the staff of 5 Crescent at UnityPoint Methodist for their excellent care to family, friends and neighbors for their support and concern.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life will take place Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the church. Deiters Funeral Home in Washington is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the church or to Post 463.

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