Ralph E. Livingston

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Ralph Edward Livingston, 72, of Elkport, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions there will be a private family service.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg. 

Ralph was born on March 22, 1948, on the Rodenberg family farm near Garber, the son of Robert and Burnette (Rodenberg) Livingston. 

Ralph received his education in Guttenberg where he graduated with the class of 1966. He furthered his education through Upper Iowa University and the University of Dubuque. On Aug. 16, 1969, Ralph was united in marriage with Kay Miller at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg and was blessed with three children, Gwyn, Michelle and Derrick. For well over 40 years Ralph worked in the logging industry. He first went to work with his father, Bob, at the sawmill before taking over Livingston Lumber Co. His favorite part of the job was exporting logs overseas to countries including Germany, France, Switzerland and Japan. 

After he retired and sold the business he enjoyed his timbers and his hobbies of hunting, fishing and baseball, especially the N.Y. Yankees. He enjoyed his restored cars and truck and road tripping with Kay. Ralph was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and they gave him so much joy. 

Ralph entered heaven leaving behind his wife of 51 years, Kay; three children, Gwyn Livingston, Michelle (Bryan) Fortino and Derrick (Megan) Livingston; six grandchildren, Jonathan Behnken, Giabella, Arianna and Emilia Fortino, Estelle and Evelynn Livingston; two step-grandchildren, Bennett and Brynnlie; two siblings, Glenda Livingston and Dr. Steven Livingston and many other relatives and friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers and all other styles of sympathy memorials are preferred to honor Ralph’s life by making a contribution to any of the following organizations: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Caring Fund, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Fund or Combat Veterans Motorcycle Assoc., Chapter 39-3 N.E. Iowa.

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