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Services to remember and celebrate the life of Joseph William “Joe” Livingston will be 2 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2016 at Memorial Heights Baptist Church in Claremore. Interment will follow at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow. Services have been entrusted to the care of Rice Funeral Service and family will receive friends for visitation from 6-8 pm, Thursday at the funeral home. Joe passed from this life to eternity Sunday. He had been a resident of the Claremore VA Center. He was 82. Joseph William “Joe” Livingston was born June 6, 1933 in Fountain County, Indiana to Dallas and Mildred (McElwee) Livingston. Joe grew up on a farm where he helped his parents and learned the value of hard work. He was a member of 4-H and won several awards with his dairy cows. A boy from Indiana, of course he played basketball and during his school days was quite the heart throb. He certainly caught the attention of a new transfer, Beverly Ellis whom before she ever really knew Joe, told a few friends that she would marry that boy. It wasn’t long after, that the two went on a double date and thus began a relationship that would last over 64 years. Joe and Beverly married January 31, 1952 and as it turned out, Beverly said, “he was as good on the inside as he was good looking”. The young coupled had plans to settle near their parents until Joe joined the U.S. Army, serving his country during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge, Joe decided not to return to farming, but to pursue a career in the finance industry as he continued to put hard work at the forefront of everything he did. He worked first in the banking business and later as Vice Treasurer for the worldwide company Facet Enterprises, now Purolater Facet, Inc. This is what brought the Livingston family to the Tulsa area in the mid-seventies. The only worker in his division without a law or accounting degree, Joe gained the confidence and recognition of those he worked with. It was said of Joe that he would work harder than anyone to learn whatever was necessary to do his job well. However, after a long tenure and a merger Joe was without employment. Unable to find or settle for another accounting job, he then co-founded the 66 Fast Lube in Broken Arrow. With God’s guidance and blessing this business venture flourished for the next seven years until they decided to sell and enjoy retirement. During this season of Joe’s life, he found great joy in putting weekly Scriptures out on the signage of the fast lube business and caring for the needs of his customers. Although work was certainly important to Joe, so was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Joe pretty well spoiled Beverly. He enjoyed surprising her with small and elaborate gifts. She has many special memories of some sweet anniversary get-a-ways and also of precious family times spent on their place at White Horn Cove on Ft. Gibson where Joe enjoyed fishing. His children cannot say enough good about the caring and giving man they were able to call dad. They recall scenic drives, unforgettable Christmas mornings and as grandchildren entered the picture, they loved seeing Joe light up as he got to be a grandfather. A man of strong, uncompromising faith, Joe had been a member of First Baptist and Indian Springs Baptist in Broken Arrow and of Memorial Heights Baptist in Claremore where they have lived since 2007. Joe ministered faithfully in every church in which he attended, and while attending Indian Springs Baptist he received his deacon ordination. The family would like to say a special thank you for all of the wonderful care that Joe received over the last couple of years from the entire staff at the Claremore VA Center. You all are appreciated and loved. The family would like in lieu of flowers to please consider donating to the Memorial Heights Baptist Church Building fund. Joe is survived by: his wife, Beverly of the home; children: Jonathan Livingston and former wife, Andrea of Tulsa; Susan Livingston of Claremore and David Livingston and wife Kelley also of Claremore; grandchildren: Sarah Orcutt and husband, Joe of Muskogee, Erik Livingston and wife, Heather of California; Adam Livingston and wife, Caylee of Louisville, Kentucky, Timothy Livingston also of Louisville, Kentucky and Aaron Livingston of Shawnee; great-grandchildren: Daniel and Rebekah Orcutt and Elliott Rose Livingston.He is also survived by his sisters: Janet Grubbs, Marry George and husband, Eddy and Martha Abbott and husband, Wally all of Indiana. . He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Gene Grubbs.
Published on  February 17, 2016
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