James “Jim” Alan Liverett, 69, died Friday, July 8, 2016.
He was born to Elwyn M. and Helen E. Liverett (Naftzger) in Indianapolis on May 12, 1947.
He married Mary Kay Loos on Aug. 28, 1977.
He is survived by wife, Mary Kay; daughters, Ruth (Charles) Haas, Sarah (Jake) Thompson and Eve (Debbie -– friend of family) Liverett; grandchildren, Charles Haas III, Jarrett Haas, Elizabeth Haas, Cooper Thompson and Nora Thompson; sister Connie Estep; and brothers, Bill and Tom Liverett.
Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Pat Loy.
Jim was a lifelong resident of the Greenwood area, graduated from Southport High School in 1965, and Milligan College in 1971 with a business administration degree.
He went on to serve in the U.S. Army as a special agent in Germany before being honorably discharged in 1974. Jim attained the rank of corporal, was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, and was an M16 Sharpshooter.
Jim worked for 31 years for the State of Indiana as an auditor, first for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and then continued on for the Indiana State Museum. He retired in August 2010, and was awarded a commemorative State Historic Site Flag from Lanier Mansion.
Jim’s faith guided him throughout his life, first as a member of the Southport Presbyterian Church, then the Greenwood Presbyterian Church, next at Southport Presbyterian EPC, and followed by his membership at Connection Pointe Christian Church in Brownsburg. He served at the Southport Presbyterian EPC as a deacon, and the military ministry coordinator. Jim was a deacon, elder and clerk of session while attending Greenwood Presbyterian.
Jim’s patriotism spread into his activities as he was a member of Greenwood’s American Legion Post 252. He presided over 219 funerals since March 2010 as a member of the Legion’s Honor Guard. Jim also was a member of the Alliance, Ohio Marlboro Volunteers Inc., a group dedicated to military history and education programs that volunteer in parades and for reenactments. He traveled in style riding in his Deuce and a Half and also drove a 1946 Willys Jeep.
Jim loved to travel with family and visited many destinations, both in the United States and abroad, and was known for making scrumptious egg sandwiches to travel with. He loved onions more than most.
Jim, who was possibly the king of dad jokes, also knew how to turn a phrase and kept those closest to him smiling and laughing. When asked “How are you feeling?” he’d respond, “With my fingers.” When questioned if he “Was going to get his hair cut,” he’d reply, “I’m not going to get my hair cut, I’m going to get them all cut.”
Even when at the doctor and they’d come to take his vitals, Jim would retort “You can read them, but you can’t take them.” Ruth, Sarah and Eve would all attest, nothing happened “on accident,” and many a response when the girls queried how he was doing ended with “peachy keen.”
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory in Greenwood, with service at 7 p.m. Committal service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.
The family requests in lieu of flower donations be made to the American Brain Tumor Association and the American Legion Post 252 Honor Guard.
You are invited to read Mr. Liverett’s complete obituary at wilsonstpierre.com, where you can sign the online register book, or leave a condolence for the family.