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John Randall Livermore, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)August 05, 1932 – June 27, 2016
Lieutenant Colonel Livermore passed away on June 27th, 2016 in Austin, Texas.
John was born on August 5th, 1932 in Monmouth, Illinois to Orval and Lois Livermore. He spent his boyhood days through high school graduation in Roseville, Illinois and then attended Knox College at Galesburg, Illinois.
He is survived by his wife, Lilla, of 59 years; son Mike (wife Janne); son David (wife Rosemarie); and daughter Lois Ortiz (husband Michael). Grandchildren are Jeffrey, Justin, Aaron and Divina, and great grandson Jeremiah. John was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill and Bob Livermore, and sister Martha Harlan.
On December 29, 1951 John enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was assigned to Lackland Air Force Base Texas and then to Keesler Air Force Base Mississippi for electronics training. While at Keesler AFB he was accepted into the USAF Aviation Cadet Training Program which led to a commission of Second Lieutenant and an aeronautical rating of Aircraft Observer. Upon completion of a three year overseas tour at Bentwaters Royal Air Force Station, England, he applied for the USAF Pilot Training Program and on December 29th, 1956 received his pilot rating. He was then assigned to Randolph AFB, Texas for advanced pilot training in helicopters.
During his 30 year career, he served in Vietnam and flew numerous helicopter combat missions where he was awarded the Silver Star, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and 11 Air Medals. His other notable assignment was that as Commander of Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, which he enjoyed immensely. After duty in Japan, he was assigned as Executive Officer for the Inspector General, Headquarters 12th Air Force, Bergstrom AFB, Texas. He spent nine years in this assignment prior to retiring.
His second career was that of a residential real estate agent in Austin, Texas. He spent 16 years in this endeavor and retired for a second time January 1, 1999.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, July 2nd at Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel. Interment will be at the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association.
~ GUEST BOOK ~
Jun 30, 2016“Lilla, I am so sorry that John has left us but I know you have many happy memories to sustain you. John was always a favorite of mine in the real estate business because he did not let anything rattle him and he just took the challenges in stride and did what was best for his customers. Those who were blessed enough to know him will not forget him. I am sorry that I cannot attend the service on Saturday because I am still actively chasing those buyers and sellers but I will be thinking of all of you. Lois, I will never forget your wedding and what a proud father John was. I think it was the only time I saw him nervous! It is a loss for us all in this world.”~Diane Kennedy, Coworker, Austin, TX
Jun 30, 2016“I flew with (then) Maj. Livermore while with the 20th HS “Green Hornets” in Vietnam in 1967-1968. He was an outstanding UH-1F/P “Huey” pilot, an outstanding officer, a real leader and a great friend during our tour together. I was honored to have known and served with him. God rest his soul and may God comfort and protect the Livermore family. I offer my ‘Slow Hand Salute” to you Lt. Col. John R. Livermore.”~Jim Burns, Served in the Military together,Navarre, FL
Jun 29, 2016“To Lois and her family. I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.”~Christy Fuchs, Friend, Evansville, IN.
Jul 01, 2016“Livermore Family:Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Livermore. We hope you find comfort in sharing many wonderful memories and accomplishments that he achieved in his lifetime. We feel honored to have known him and all of his family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.Wally and Helen Freytag”~Wally Freytag, Friend, Austin, TX
Jul 01, 2016“Dearest Lilla, our deepest sympathies to you and your family, John was a bright light in our years together with McLester & Grisham, and then Henry S Miller. He was always ready with a good story, and if he gave his blessing to any real estate class or seminar, we knew we had done a good job.The two of you were an amazing couple, the love you have for each other is one to be honored.Love Judy and Bob Benning”~A friend
Jul 01, 2016“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.”~American Heart Association
Jul 01, 2016“Sad to hear of John’s passing we remember our times with John & family in Japan”~Jerry Davenport, Friend, Colorado Springs
Jul 01, 2016“Lilla & Family:We are saddened to see John has passed away. We enjoyed knowing and working with both of you at Henry S Miller.We will keep you in our prayers.Jim & Colleen Lynch”~Jim Lynch, Coworker, Austin, TX
Jul 01, 2016“Lilla… I send my love. Helen Edwards”~A friend
Jun 29, 2016“To Lois and her family. I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.”~Christy Fuchs, Friend, Evansville, IN
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