Tennessee Maneuver Area - 1944
John Hall Livingston Sr., soldier, friend and loving father, passed away March 4, 2007 in Mesa, Ariz. He was 94 years old. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at James & Gahr Mortuaries in Rolla, Mo., followed by burial at the Elk Prairie Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Rolla, Mo. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on March 10 at James & Gahr Mortuaries.
Mr. Livingston was born on the Livingston Farm near Elk Prairie, Mo., on Sept. 8, 1912. He settled with his wife, Eilyeen, on their ranch land near Elm Grove, La. in 1949 after World War II. Mr. Livingston graduated in 1939 from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy with a B.S. degree in civil engineering and earned his master’s degree from Texas A&M in 1948. He joined the U.S. Army in 1939 and during WWII was commanding officer of the 245th Engineer Combat Battalion in Gen. George Patton’s Third Army and the 347th Engineer Regiment. He honorably completed his duty with the U.S. Army in December 1949 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star, Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Ribbon for his meritorious service.
In 1944, as he went off to war, Mr. Livingston deeded his third interest in the family’s Missouri farm to his mother.
He served for 20 years with the Strategic Air Command at Barksdale Air Force Base and retired in 1970 as chief civil engineer from the 2nd Air Force Civil Engineers. During retirement, he and Eilyeen traveled the world until her death in 1998. Together, they had renovated the Atkins Plantation Commissary, a showcase home in south Bossier Parish, La., which they called Livingston Manor.
In 2003, Mr. Livingston was named to Who’s Who in America and was honored with the Frank H. Mackaman Alumni Volunteer Service Award from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1996.
He had many charitable activities, including funding of three student loan funds at the University of Missouri and Centenary College. He gave generously to many churches in the area, historical museums and to charitable organizations such as the Shriners Hospital, Masonic Home for Children, Goodwill Industries and the American Red Cross. Mr. Livingston was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, National Sojourners, Heroes of ’76, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, the Masonic Order, the El Karubah Shrine, the Scottish Rite, the Army Engineers Association and the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Posse. He gave generously of his heart and money to those less fortunate.
Mr. Livingston is survived by his three children and their spouses: John and Liz Livingston of Encinitas, Calif.; Bill and Macae Livingston of Carlsbad, Calif.; and Mary and Dan Baldwin of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren: Adam Livingston, Ashley Livingston; Britney Wert and Aryn Livingston; great-grandchildren: Jade and Bria Wert; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eilyeen Broyles Livingston; his parents, Alfred William and Ida Catherine Livingston; his brothers, Herbert, Kermit and Eldon Livingston; and his sister, Marjorie Hildebrand.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Delbert Day, Ken Lenox, Adam Livingston, Caleb Parry, Wayne Parry, Gerald Pietsch, Denny Pogue and Ed Schmidt,
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 4196, Monroe, La. 71211.