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Ronald Ray Livingston

Ronald (Ron) Ray Livingston, age 65, passed away Saturday, December 12th, 2020, at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, from heart complications. Crematory services will be provided by Goglin Funeral home in Yankton, SD. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will not be any visitation or services.

Ron was the oldest son, born November 14th, 1955, to Ray and Marylou Livingston in Yankton, SD. Following were three brothers, Darrell, Alan (Cork) and Kevin. Ron grew up in Yankton, he enjoyed football, fishing and hunting. He graduated from Yankton high school in 1974. Following high school, Ron traveled, working in various meat packing houses. He later moved to Rapid City, SD for approximately ten years, then returned closer to home in Springfield, SD. He worked for the Bon Homme county, maintaining roads for 25 years.
Ron was an excellent fisherman throughout his life. He lived close to the Missouri river and spent most of his spare time enjoying nature. He knew just where to go and how to catch certain fish. The trick was to get there early, if you weren't there by 6 AM, you were late. He handmade and sold his own jigs for fishing through the years. He also traveled to participate in many fishing tournaments over the years.

Ron was also a very talented artist. If he wasn't out fishing, you could find him in his shop working on his art. He would do drawings, but his unique specialty was carving and painting chalk rock from the Missouri river. He was the only one who did anything like this and would spend countless hours in his shop working on his carvings. He could carve just about anything, but he was specifically talented at carving fish and birds. He sold his art work at various shops and fairs. Ron was very proud of being featured in local newspapers and news channels for his talents.

Ron was a simple man and he lived a simple life. He did not have a family of his own, but he was very proud of his nieces, nephews and friends. Ron is survived by his parents, Ray and Mary Lou Livingston, of Yankton, SD; brothers, Darrell (Nancy) Livingston, Cork (Gail) Livingston; nieces and nephews: Marybeth (John) Herrboldt, Jenny (Justin) Brunick, Carl (Sara) Livingston, Lindsay (Mark) Murphy, Jess (Nick) Soukup, Amber Livingston; numerous great nieces and nephews and his dog Tess.

Ron was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Grace Einrem, Roy and Suzie Livingston, aunts, uncles and his youngest brother Kevin Livingston.

Ron was an organ donor, and with his passing, he was able to give the gift of life to three people. His liver and both kidneys were donated to save the lives of those recipients waiting for a donor. Although we will not coordinate a gathering in person, sympathies and condolences may be sent to the family at 509 Linn St. Yankton, SD 57078.

There will not be any visitation or services.


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Went through all the grades with Ronnie - his mom made me a marble bag for when we all played marbles at recess at Lincoln grade school. Gone too soon, catch you on the other side Ronnie!

Susan Walburg Dec 27 2020 9:47 PM

My sympathy and prayers to Ron and his family. I went to school and graduated with Ron. He was always a kind soul in a world of bullies in school. He would talk to you whenever you happen to run into each other out and about. He was a fantastic artist. I wish I could have purchased a piece of his art. Blessings to his family.

Connie Mors Dec 17 2020 10:39 PM

Ron will be missed. He was a good artist and nice guy.

Roy Kinghorn Dec 17 2020 11:59 AM

Ray and Mary Lou, we offer our condolences, to you and all of your family. Sincerely, Jane and Max

Jane and Max Hawk Dec 17 2020 10:26 AM

I first met Ron when I was 7 years old. He taught me alot and told me alot of stories growing up. He will be missed by many but his memory will live on forever. RIP Ron!!

Allan Schauer Dec 17 2020 4:45 AM

Ron will be greatly missed as we drive down past his house, he would be out in the chair visiting with friends or talking on his cell phone. Always a happy person to tell a story of the past or future always a experience to visit with him. He will be missed. All our chalk rock carving will be a reminder of the hours he spent carving.

Joel Kotrous Dec 15 2020 10:15 PM

My heart goes out to Ray, Mary Lou and rest of family.

Carol Wynia Dec 15 2020 3:13 PM