Richard Livingston, 78

Richard Alan Livingston, 78, North Manchester, died at 11:58 p.m.,  Friday, June 13, at his home.  He was born in Johnstown, Pa. on Nov. 3, 1935 to James and Eva (Harshberger) Livingston.  He has one sister, JoAnne Mock, a current Timbercrest resident; two nephews, R. Stephen (Jan Miller) Mock, Dillon, Mont., and Alan (Robin Warnock Heidenreiter) Mock, Sheboygan, Wisc.; grand nieces Emma Mock, and Suzanne Mock (Tobin) Smail; grand nephew Josh Mock; great grand niece Elekta Mock, and special friends Barry and Arlene Deardorff, North Manchester. 

After graduating from high school in Johnstown, Richard attended Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Music, Philosophy, and Religion in 1957. After college, he spent a year in Brethren Volunteer Service working in Elgin, Ill., coordinating the second National Youth Conference in 1958 at Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Richard then went to Johns Hopkins University for a short time on a Danforth Fellowship, before attending Bethany Seminary in Chicago, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1962.  Two years later, he earned another Master's degree in Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.  Some years later he earned a PhD in Interpretation of Literature, also at Northwestern.  He taught high school English in Chicago and its suburbs for 30 years, retiring in 1993.

Richard was a professional choral singer for ten years at an Episcopalian church in Chicago, and was a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus from 1972-2004. He was also very active in his church, the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin, before joining the Manchester Church of the Brethren, where he was a deacon.

Richard enjoyed attending theater, opera, and symphony performances. He had traveled the world extensively, a number of times on tours with David and Becky Waas.  One of his favorite places to visit was the Canadian Rockies, where he had hiked many times.

He was a stamp collector and has a large library of books and recordings.  Richard has been a very close friend of Barry and Arlene Deardorff since his days at seminary.  Richard moved into Timbercrest in August 2008. Timbercrest residents have been blessed with several piano and vocal concerts provided by Richard.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 27, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester with a reception to follow, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 29, at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley St., North Manchester with a reception to follow.

Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main Street, North Manchester, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community or to the Manchester Church of the Brethren.

The memorial guest book for Richard may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Jun 18