Harry “Butch” Livermont__________________________
Harry “Butch” Livermont, age 70, of Interior, S.D., died , May 21, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Harry L. “Butch” Livermont was born September 2, 1943, at Kadoka, the son of Louis and Jean (Kemnitz) Livermont. Butch’s life revolved around his ranch. He bought it in 1967 and was there until the end of his life.
He married his soulmate, Judy Ward, in 1966. When Judy first told her mother, Sis Ward, that they were dating, she said, “It is not a good idea to get involved with a Livermont. Mixing Livermonts and Wards is asking for trouble.” Fortunately, that was not true, as they have united the two families and Sis is now his biggest fan.
During the years from 1972-1984, Butch and Judy owned and operated the Badlands Guest Ranch at which they thoroughly enjoyed meeting and keeping in touch with people from all over the world. Butch’s passions involved fishing, riding the range, gambling in Deadwood with sidekick Grandma Sis Ward, as well as kicking Andy Allard’s butt in cribbage. His most favorite thing to do though was spend time with family. He loved to laugh and no one could make him laugh more than his family and friends.
Butch was very committed to a lot of organizations, and was a tremendous advocate for the community and state. He was a member of the LaCreek REA from 1992-2014, the SDREA from 1997-2014 and has been vice president since 2010; and the Oglala Sioux Livestock and Land Owner Association, which he was chairman for over 20 years. Butch has made more of an impact on people’s lives than he could have ever imagined. He had such a huge heart, mentored many, and was “Dad” to all the kids that he met. He never met a stranger that he couldn’t talk to for hours. He was a soul that everyone loved. God has gained one amazing man that will be one of the best angels he has ever had. We all feel grateful to have a wonderful angel watching over us.
Survivors include his wife, Judy, of Interior; one son, Neal Livermont (Dana) of Interior; three daughters, Stevie Uhlir (Cam) of Kadoka, Joanie Livermont of Rapid City and Jenni Stewart (Todd) of Vermillion; his mother, Jean Livermont of Martin; his mother-in-law, Sis Ward of Martin; 11 grandchildren, Shelby, Cami, MacKayla, Joe, Abbi, Bailey (Julian), CJ, Chye, Laila, Brittni, Sarah and Alex; and two great-grandchildren, Kynlee and Audrey. Butch’s siblings include Gary (Barb) Livermont, Kathy (Andy) Allard, Mona Livermont and Ray Livermont.
Butch was preceded in death by his father, Louis Livermont; a brother, Stan Livermont; his father-in-law, Bud Ward; two aunts, Babe Jorgensen and Stella Jane Hicks; an uncle, Sonny Livermont; and his grandparents, Charles and Rebecca Livermont and Raymond and Freda Kemnitz.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 27, at the Interior Fire Hall with Father Leo Hausmann officiating.
Music was provided by Taylor and Corrin Amiotte, Vernon Ward and girls, and Stuart and Steve Livermont. Eulogies were given by Gary Livermont and Brittni Stewart.
Register book attendants were Tricia Uhlir, Wendy Suhn and Kristen Neugebauer. Readers were Duane Lamb and Bunny Shedeed.
Ushers were Dustin Harvey, Brad Gartner, Willie Grimes, Shannon Gartner, Clint Amiotte and Tucker Amiotte. Pallbearers were Shelby, Cami, MacKayla, Joe, Abbi, Bailey, CJ, Chye, Laila, Brittni, Sarah and Alex.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com