- Fairbury News staff
Thomas William Livingston, 67, died at 7:50pm Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 at his daughter’s home in Lac du Flambeau, WI. He was surrounded by family and approximately eighty-one photos of his friends and family.
Tom’s family will be conducting a Celebration of his Life at 12pm, Saturday, May 14th at the United Methodist Church, Chatsworth IL, with Pastor Lynette Barnett officiating. His family will be available for remembrance and visiting beginning at 11am.
Tom loved to ski and loved the mountains; he taught all eight of his grandsons how to ski in Breckenridge, CO. In honor of this love, his daughters have asked that memorials be directed to Team Breck Sports Club, Breckenridge, CO; a nonprofit cultivating this same love for skiing and relationships, on and off the mountain.
Tom was born February 17, 1955 in Fairbury, IL; a son to William Stoddard and Nellie May Weaver Curtis Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother Robert Dale Livingston.
Survivors include his daughters, Karissa Jo (Brian Wagner) Livingston, Lac du Flambeau, WI; Kaleigh Dawn (Adam) Barnard, Durango, CO; and Kenzie Ann (Bryan) Wilkey, El Paso, IL. He will be missed by his sister Kathy (Bill) Bliss and brother Lee (Nancee) Livingston, all of his nieces and nephews, and extended family. Poppa Tom cannot be replaced, but will forever live on in his grandsons Teag, Gray, Rowe, Baylen, Coen, Krue, Rush, and Kros….next mountain they shred will be for Pops!
Tom graduated from Chatsworth Township High School in 1973 and attended Southern Illinois University for one year, followed by Parkland College for one year earning an Associate’s Degree in Agriculture. His friendships from those years tell the true story of this time period; people that were watching out for him until the very end.
After school, Tom went on to envelope himself in the agricultural industry. He worked for the family business, Livingston Grain and Lumber Co. in Chatsworth followed by driving a semi, selling ag machinery, and then managing and consulting for ag dealerships in the Midwest and Delta area. He was well respected in this field, represented by magazine articles and interviews that were conducted based on his knowledge of machinery and farming methods. After retiring from the retail side of the ag business he switched gears and partnered up with his son in law to own and operate a powersports dealership in Wisconsin while simultaneously returning to farming his own land.
Cornfed Legacy Farms in Chatsworth was born from some of the family’s original farm land and where Tom prided himself on returning the land to what his great grandparents had foreseen many years ago.
Tom’s life cannot be summed up by his jobs, accolades, or what he owned. His life can instead be summed up by his relationships. The people that he met through work, friends, or his family stretch across the entire country and to some extent, the world. His greatest joy were his daughters and grandsons whether they were camping, boating, skiing, golfing, hiking, playing catch, talking Pokémon, or hanging out at “Poppa’s condo”. He loved his friends, the outdoors, and listening to the Blues. His love of the mountains took him to Colorado much too late in life but he enjoyed every second he had there and would have been so happy to say that his last residence was Dillon, CO.
Wherever Tom has left his mark is where you will forever find the hearts of Tom’s Girls and Poppa’s Boys.
Please make donations in honor of Tom to teambrecksportsclub.com.