Gary Levingston, 70, son of Junior Lee and Rosa (Monk) Levingston, was born July 11, 1946, in Mexico, Mo. He departed this life on Oct. 2, 2016, at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Mo.

He united in marriage to Melissa Brackett on Sept. 20, 1997. In this union, they shared three daughters: Michele (Levingston) Gray and husband, Brian, of Springfield, Mo., Crystal (Levingston) Dwiggins and husband, Wade, of Springfield, Mo., and Renda Sanders of Jonesboro, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary is survived by his wife, Melissa, of the home and his daughters; 10 grandchildren, Jacob Gray (fiancee Allie Flood), Gage Casper, Tristin Casper, Mia Dwiggins, Ellee Dwiggins, Zoe Dwiggins, and Fenix Dwiggins, all of Springfield, Mo., Blake Sanders, Paige Sanders and Austin Sanders, all of Jonesboro, Ark.; one great-grandchild, Hadlee Pace of Jonesboro, Ark.; one sister, Donna Fronabarger of Aurora, Mo.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Gary spent his childhood in Mexico, Mo. His family moved to Aurora, Mo., when Gary was in ninth grade. He graduated high school in 1964 from in Aurora, where he played football and a number of other sports, including riding bulls in the rodeo circuit. He loved and owned horses for many years. He attended Central Missouri State College-Warrensburg on a full ride football scholarship before he went on to accomplish his dream of playing football for the Kansas City Chiefs. Gary also played and coached on many softball teams at Fox Hollow and Nichols Park. Michele and Crystal spent much of their time with their daddy at the ballparks.

Gary worked for IBM for several years and also worked in the field of office management/administration.

Gary loved his family more than anything and he always found a way to express his love for them. Gary was saved at a young age and recently attended Ozark Baptist Church in Houston, Mo.

Services were 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Ozark Baptist Church in Houston, Mo. Burial was in Ozark Cemetery in Houston Mo. Pastor Todd Haley officiated. Pallbearers: Jacob Gray, Gage Casper, Tristin Casper, Blake Sanders, Austin Sanders and Richard Galligher II. Honorary

The family would like to thank Ozark Baptist Church, the Aurora class of 1964 alumni and the NHC in West Plains, Mo., for their continued support and prayers.

Anyone that would like to consider a memorial offering or donations is asked by the family to consider the Ozark Cemetery or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to

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