Harry “Dean” Livingston, 84, Carbondale: June 18, 1934 – Feb. 20, 2019

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Harry “Dean” Livingston, 84, formerly of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Midland Care, Topeka, Kan. He was born June 18, 1934, in Carbondale, the son of Lemuel Leo and Ruth (McPhail) Livingston.

He was a 1952 graduate of Carbondale High School, where he wore number 10 as a member of the 1951 State Champion Basketball Team.

Dean owned and operated Diffley Truck Line, in Topeka. He later built, owned and operated Dean’s Drive-In, in Carbondale. He later owned and operated Reliable Transfer, in Lawrence and Ottawa, Kan., and Livingston Trucking, Bakersfield, Calif. He also owned and operated Dairy Queen No. 8, in Tucson, Ariz. 

He served on the Carbondale City Council, and was a member of Moose Lodge No. 555, in Topeka, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, in Benson, Ariz., and Arizona Shuffleboard Association, and was inducted into the Arizona Shuffleboard Hall of Fame in 2018.

Dean was a dedicated fan of KU basketball, the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals, and enjoyed betting one dollar on games. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards and dice, traveling in his motor home from Kansas to Arizona every year to play shuffleboard, and loved to make phone calls to family and friends.

Dean married Jean Lillard on Aug. 23, 1952, in Carbondale. They later divorced.

Survivors include five children, Connie Livingston, Jacksonville, Fla., Denise (Phil) Yonts, Topeka, Belinda Turner, Olathe, Kan., Ricky (Tammy) Livingston, Rosalia, Kan., and Timothy Livingston, Gardner, Kan.; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Hug, Scranton, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Zachary Turner; a great-grandson, Corey Shepard; a twin sister, Mary “Jean” Boggs; a sister, Eva Mae Briggs; and a niece, Joyce Stallbaumer.

Honoring his request, cremation is planned. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 2, at the Community United Church of Christ, 104 S. Fourth St., Carbondale. Private family inurnment will be at Scranton Cemetery, Scranton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606, or to the Community United Church of Christ. Dove Cremations & Funerals, Southwest Chapel is assisting the family.

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