Funeral Services: Thursday, September 30, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenfield United Methodist Church with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery with full military rites by Menlo American Legion Glover-Butler Post No. 511. A luncheon will follow the burial at the church.
Open Visitation: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Family Visitation: Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield. In honor of Gene feel free to wear your bib overalls to visitation.
Memorials: To the Adair County Memorial Hospital, Jefferson Center Church, or to the Adair County Fairgrounds.
Lyle Gene Livingston was born on February 26, 1932, in Madison County, Iowa, the son of Clarence Elwood and Blanche Mae (Ham) Livingston. He passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2010, at the Adair County Memorial Hospital in Greenfield, Iowa, at the age of 78.
Gene was raised and grew up in the Hebron area. He graduated from Zion High School in 1950. After graduation he attended auctioneer school in Mason City, Iowa. He served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1953 to 1954. On February 12, 1956, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Joy Woodson in the Hebron United Methodist Church. To this union two children were born, Jeffrey and Joy. He farmed on the current century farm since 1956. He was also an auctioneer. A highlight was auctioneering each year at the 4-H sale at the county fair.
Gene was a member of the Jefferson Center Church, American Legion, Pork Producers, served on the Adair County Extension council, and was a 4-H leader for many years. He had worked at the Stuart Livestock Auction, Madison County Livestock Auction and Cardinal IG. He dearly loved being with his grandchildren, raising livestock, especially his cattle, visiting with family and friends, and going to coffee.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Carolyn in 2002; brother, Jack Livingston; and sister, Lila Jackson.
He is survived by his second and last love, Patricia Ahnen of Des Moines; son, Jeff Livingston (Glennda) of Fontanelle; daughter, Joy Livingston (Ken Wehmas) of Ankeny; 8 grandchildren, Joshua Livingston, Jill Livingston (Jonas Ray), Jasmine Clarke (Jesse), Victoria Genzen, Amanda Chesly (Jason), and David, Paula, and Neil Wehmas; 4 great grandchildren, Cody and Carter Genzen and Cheyanne and Tyson Chesly; two brothers, Rex Livingston (Mary) of Fontanelle and Hugh Livingston (Shirley) of Indianola; sister-in-law, Kathy Livingston of Winterset; other relatives and friends.