Rev. David Wildermuth
“Be Not Afraid”
“Here I Am Lord”
“Go Rest on the Mountain” by Vince Gill
Kevin Lee Livingston was born on November 14, 1963 to Ray and Mary Lou (Einrem) Livingston in Yankton, South Dakota. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton. He graduated from Yankton High School in 1982. Throughout his childhood and young adult life, he enjoyed baseball, Boy Scouts, playing with the neighbor kids, and riding anything with a motor. With the help of his three older brothers, he always found himself getting into some mischief. In 1994, Kevin met Brenda Leader while playing sand volleyball. They were later married in 2002. His numerous hobbies included fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, roller blading, riding a unicycle, golfing, playing pool, grilling outdoors, and any other challenging activity where there was a risk of injury. He enjoyed the outdoors more than anything and if there was any wind, there was a 100% chance that he was out at Lewis and Clark Lake windsurfing. In his adult life he continued to windsurf and enjoyed traveling to windsurfing regattas and camping out for the weekend. He even taught his daughter Amber how to windsurf. One of his greatest windsurfing experiences was when he traveled to Hood River, Oregon and had the opportunity to sail in the Columbia River Gorge. He always talked about the Gorge and its “best straight-line winds.”
Kevin embraced all seasons and the weather that came with each. In the spring, he could not wait until the ice went out and the Walleye were biting. The colder the water, the better the fish taste. In the summer, he would soak up the sun on the beach with his Hobie friends and would either recruit sand volleyball players, throw on his roller blades, or kick back in his beach chair with a cold drink. Come fall, the winds would rip and he would find himself launching his Gorge Animal as far as it would take him out of the lake and into the air. Wintertime ice didn’t slow him down at all. As soon as the ice was safe, he would be sailing his ice board or ice boat or if it wasn’t windy, he was ice fishing in his shack while Amber would ice skate while watching the tip ups. Ice fishing was a hobby he had planned on enjoying today in fact.
Kevin spent 16 years of his adult life working days and then nights, when he took up windsurfing, at Wilson Trailer Company in Yankton. After leaving Wilson’s, he went to work for John List at Action Lawn & Landscaping Service. He ventured with John into the concrete lawn ornament business. From there he went to work at Dunham’s Sports where he continued to find enjoyment in selling sporting equipment to other outdoor enthusiasts. When he was no longer able to work or windsurf, Kevin spent as much time as he could outdoors. His most recent favorite hobbies included walking, fishing and visiting with friends. Being the outdoor enthusiast he was, he took up fishing to fill the void from sailing. His love for nature continued and he spent nearly every day taking his beloved dog, Shelby, out to the lake for walks. He was extremely proud of his daughter Amber and all of her accomplishments and always looked forward to her phone calls and trips home from college when they would meet for a good cup of coffee.
Kevin enjoyed his family. He loved teasing and joking with his friends, brothers, and nieces and nephews. He nearly always had a good story to tell and enjoyed making people laugh. One rarely ever saw him without a smile on his face.
Kevin passed away from natural causes at his home with his best friend and companion, Shelby, by his side. His shining personality and wit will be sorely missed by anyone who knew him. He is survived by his daughter Amber Livingston, Yankton SD, parents Ray and Mary Lou Livingston, Yankton, SD, three brothers Ron Livingston, Springfield, SD, Darrel (Nancy) Livingston, Yankton, SD, and Alan ‘Corky’ (Gail) Livingston, Yankton, SD and his nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews and many cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Roy and Susie Livingston and Carl and Grace Einrem.
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