John L. Livingston
John L. Livingston, 77, of Springfield, passed away Sunday at his home, November 17, 2013. He was born October 29, 1936.
He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon Lee Livingston, mother and step-father Jessie and Roscoe Beckum, a sister, Helen Jourdan and 3 brothers Walt Livingston, Bill Livingston and Glen Beckum.
John married his soul mate for life, Sharon Lee Livingston on June 28, 1958, he was a loved father and his grandchildren cherished him. He worked hard all his life building a business to support his family. He was owner and operator of Chatham Disposal. Auto racing was always a love of his. Owner of sprint cars, late models, and modifieds, John had great success including feature wins and many track championships. After retirement he and Sharon took many vacations with friends and family and Las Vegas was a favorite of his.
John leaves a legacy of love in his four children, John (Kim) Livingston of Fairborn, OH, Vicky (Rick) Scoggins of Carterville, IL, Virginia (Jim) Garrison of Springfield, IL and Jim (Beth) Livingston of Riverton, IL; twelve grandchildren, Kristine Livingston-Munoz, Doug and Jason Livingston, Justin (Mary) Woods, Ashley (Derrik) Liddell, Whitney Scoggins (Fiancé: Austin Waldron), Brock Scoggins (Fiancé: Maggie Enrietta) , Alyssa Scoggins, Jeff and Katie Foster, Blake and Jenna Livingston; 9 great grandchildren, Tyler, Kalleigh, Brandon, Braxton, Kinlee, Kade Carter, Cole and Camden; one brother Virgil Beckum of Springfield, IL, sisters Donna (Bob) Parsley of Springdale, AR, Nita (Carl) Rutherford, Seri Rutherford, and Mary (George) Richards all of Springfield, IL, Gloria Jean (Herb) Karrick of Bullpit, IL several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitaion: 11 am – 12 pm, Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 12 pm, Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with Monsignor John Ossola officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.
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I am sorry to hear of John's passing. I met John and Sharon when they visited Knoxville for the National Sprint Car races each year. I really enjoyed seeing them each year and catching up on the goings on around Springfield. They were very helpful to me when we were trying to save the Strawbridge/Shepherd house and make it's restoration a reality. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
It is with a heavy heart that I send you my condolences. John and Sharon were great friends to me as a young man, and your family has always been friends to me throughout my life! They are now reunited and you can take solace in knowing that they are together again! May they Rest in Eternal Peace! GODSPEED John, thanks for all of your contributions to auto racing in Central Illinois!
Our heartfelt sympathies to John's family. John and Sharon were an important part of a very happy time in our extended family's lives. Many thanks for helping our brother Randy realize his racing dreams. We shared a lot of laughter along the way, too.
Brenda and Ray Burris posted on 11/20/13
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great person, He is now with the love of his life Sharon. Two of the greatest people I knew.