Ellis F. (Buddy) Livingston, age 85, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Weston County Health Services in Newcastle, Wyoming, after a long struggle with cancer.
Buddy was born January 9, 1928, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Herbert and Zela (Jacobson) Livingston. He had two sisters, Dee and Lynn. His childhood years were spent in Crook and Weston counties. He graduated in 1946 from Upton High School. He married Norma Jean Mangus Nov. 10, 1949. In 1950, he received his BS degree in Animal Science from the University of Wyoming.
After finishing college and working on a ranch near Devils Tower, Wyoming, the couple moved to the Livingston Ranch south of Sundance, Wyoming. They worked together renovating the ranch home and buildings and raised four children, Perry, Debbie, Janice and Doug, along with cattle, hogs, horses, and hay!!
Buddy and Norma were active members of Crook and Weston County Farm Bureaus. Buddy served in all local and county officer positions during his long Farm Bureau career. He was a member of the Wyoming Highway Commission from 1966 to 1972. Buddy was the Wyoming Farm Bureau lobbyist from 1971 to 1996 while Norma served as secretary during the legislative sessions in Cheyenne. Buddy was a 4-H leader, member of the United Methodist Church of Newcastle, and Weston County Senior Services board.
Survivors include Perry (Suzette), Travis (Kendall) and Christopher (Amanda); Debbie (Jim) Austin, Beau (Ashley), Abigail (Matt), Hannah and Leah; Janice; Doug (Peggy), Leslie (Max) and two great granddaughters, Alyssa and Julie, and Kaitlyn. He is also survived by his sister Dee (Charlie) Rankin. Buddy was predeceased by Lynn (Locke).
Funeral service was held at Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Newcastle Senior Center. Honorary pallbearers included Pete Petra, David Holwell, Jack Holwell, Merle Hamilton, Gerald Baird, Russell Davis, Jimmy Hansen, Charlie Rankin and Earl Christensen.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wyoming Farm Bureau Livingston Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1348, Laramie, WY. 82073.