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Dr Charles Wesley Livingston, Jr

Dr Charles Wesley Livingston, Jr

Birth
Alpine, Brewster County, Texas, USA
Death 16 Jun 2009 (aged 85)
San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, USA
Burial Irion County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 38511511 · View Source
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Dr. Charles Wesley Livingston Jr. passed from this life on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 20, at St. Paul Presbyterian Church of San Angelo at 11:30 a.m., officiated by the Reverends Glenda Harbert, Dr. Craig Meyers, and Fred Campbell. Interment will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Arden Cemetery in Arden, Texas, prior to the service.

Charles was born Jan. 17, 1924, in Alpine, Texas. His parents, Charles Wesley Livingston Sr. and JoElla Funk Livingston were both licensed morticians and owned the Livingston Funeral Home in Alpine, Texas. JoElla was the second female licensed mortician in the state of Texas. Charles was the great-grandson of Samuel Funk who, with his five sons, established the Funk Ranch near Arden in 1879. Charles owned and operated the lands left to him from the original Funk Ranch by his mother JoElla and aunt, Grace Funk Corkran. Charles grew up in Alpine living with his family above The Livingston Funeral home. He loved the outdoors in spite of suffering from severe asthma. He was an Eagle Scout and with his life-long friend, Ezra Cook, explored most of the Big Bend area before it became a National Park. Because of his asthma, he and his mother lived in Hot Springs, Texas, for part of his middle school years in a rock house his father built on the Rio Grande River. While there, he attended one of the "ghost schools" of Big Bend at San Vicente, Texas, a one-room adobe school taught by Mrs. Leona Hector. After completing high school in Alpine, Texas, in 1941, Charles was unable to enlist in the army because of his severe asthma. He attended Sul Ross State University and later transferred to the University of Texas. He continued his education in Austin while living with his aunt. Charles was six credit hours from completing his bachelors degree when he contracted typhoid fever from bacteria he was working with in one of his biology laboratories. Without the availability of antibiotics, he spent 30 days in Seton Hospital then returned to Alpine for a long recovery. While in Alpine, Charles completed his bachelors degree at Sul Ross and built and operated a gasoline service station. It was here that Dr. Omar Sperry, an old friend and botany professor, encouraged him to apply to veterinary school. The sale of his service station financed his further education. Charles received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 1955, a Masters of Science degree in 1961 from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in microbiology in 1970. After earning his Ph.D., he returned to Texas to continue teaching and research with the Texas A&M University system. He worked with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Stations in Sonora, College Station, and San Angelo. In 1989, Charles retired after 34 years of service. During his career, he researched most of the major infectious diseases affecting sheep and goats and made significant contributions to the knowledge concerning bluetongue, mycoplasmal, and chlamydial diseases. He also made significant contributions toward the understanding and management of several toxic plant problems affecting the sheep and goat industry, especially kleingrass and bitterweed. Charles was instrumental in the research of several major sheep and goat diseases; his work in these areas made significant contributions to the health and productivity of livestock throughout the state. After retirement, he continued to manage and operate his ranch, receiving various awards for brush control and range management. Along with his wife June Livingston, Charles loved attending the San Angelo Symphony. His love for music began in high school where he learned to play the marimba. He was happy to play for friends, his church, and especially his grandchildren, who loved to watch him play. He was a devoted member of St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Downtown Rotarians, Meals on Wheels, and Project Dignidad. Charles was an avid supporter of Fort Concho, an Angelo State University scholarship fund in his name, and various fundraising projects in San Angelo and Alpine.

Preceding Charles in death were his wife, June; his parents, his aunt, Grace Corkran; his son, Will Ford Livingston; a sister, Mary Katherine; and an infant brother.

Charles is survived by his daughter Jo Anna Livingston Fenton and her husband, Dr. Ronnie M. Fenton of San Angelo. He is survived by grandchildren John Wesley Skelton, his wife Renea, and their children Kelcie and Chloe, of Universal City, Texas; Jason Robert Skelton and his wife Randi of Midland, Texas; and Dr. Jo Elle Grace Peterson, her husband Matt, and their son, Charles Michael Peterson. He was also expecting to welcome two more great-granddaughters this year, Margaret Anna Peterson and Madeline June Skelton. Charles is also survived by his sister, Emily Grace and husband Ted Scown of Alpine; his wife's children, Sharon June and husband Tom Hartley of Dallas, Gene Weyerts and his wife Carolyn of San Saba, Johnny Weyerts and his wife Charlsie of Alpine, Paul Sligar and his wife Laura of Dallas, and David Sligar of Dickinson.

Charles wanted to thank family and friends for a full and meaningful life including his many friends at the Texas A&M Experiment Station, Rotary Club, Aggie Club, St. Paul Presbyterian Church, his monthly breakfast group, his classmates from veterinary school, and the many other friends he made along the way. He especially wanted to thank his long-time friend and physician Dr. Jerry Schulze for his care and concern over many years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to your favorite charity.


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  • Created by: Diehard Bravo
  • Added: 19 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38511511
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Charles Wesley Livingston, Jr (17 Jan 1924–16 Jun 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38511511, citing Arden Cemetery, Irion County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Diehard Bravo (contributor 46789230) .