Paul “Skip” or “Shorty” Levingston

February 06, 1937 ‒ July 20, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Paul “Skip” or “Shorty” Levingston, 82, of Bellville, passed away Saturday evening in his home surrounded by his family, following a long battle with cancer.

He was born February 6, 1937  in Bellville, the son of Samuel Jefferson and Helen (Hoeflich) Levingston, and remained a lifelong area resident.

On Aug 9, 1960 he married Loretta (Prater) Levingston who preceded him in death in 2008.

Despite the fact that Paul had little formal education, he was proud to have steady work  and income to provide for his family.  His career path led him to Mansfield Tire, Wade and Gatton Nursery, D.H. Bowman and Sons, and Jefferson and Perry Townships.  For a time span of 25 years, he operated the same asphalt paver over many of the same roads in Richland County.  Paul was a dedicated worker and employee.

Having a love for the outdoors, Paul enjoyed hunting and fishing.  From small game to deer, Paul hunted them all though his real passion was coon hunting alongside his favorite hound dogs.

Paul was also quite handy serving as “crew chief” for his kids as they raced motorcycles, four wheelers and competed in other motor sports.  He helped with repairs, upkeep, and tons of cheering as their biggest fan.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Henry  “Mooch” & Debbie Levingston and a son Richard Levingston all of Bellville; grandchildren Samantha & Justin Hall of Greenup, KY, Codey Levingston and Henry Levingston, II, both of Bellville; step grandson Michael Mills of NY; a great granddaughter Braylyn Hall who held Paul’s heart in her hand, a brother James Levingston of Mansfield, a foster daughter Dorothy “Tootsie” Osborne, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson Henry Levingston, Jr., and siblings Lewis, William, Frederick and Robert Levingston and Gladys Buckley.

The Levingston family will receive friends Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. Roy Levingston will officiate. Burial will follow in Zion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Levingston family (please make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Home).

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    • Thank you so much for the kind words during this time. Our family appreciates them so much.

  • So sorry for Skips passing he had a heart of gold. He would do anything for anyone. My family thought a lot of Skip. Glad he crossed our path in life. Deepest sympathy to his family.

  • Very sorry to hear about Paul passing. He was a wonderful friend to my mother, Sandy Peirce, and she asked me to send her condolences to his family. I also want them to know that my family appreciated everything he did for my mother. Paul was a true friend. We will miss him and I will miss talking gardening with him.

  • Henry….
    So sorry for your lost.
    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to here of Shorty’s passing. He was a good neighbor always keeping an eye on my house and the neighborhood.

    He was better than the Bellville Star when it came to what was going on in the community.

    My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • So sorry for the loss of a great man!! Skip brought much joy to our home when he visited. Daddy loved him and talked a lot about him. He was broken hearted when I told him of Skips passing. Love and prayers to all who are left behind. May your hearts and minds always be filled with great memories!!

  • Dear Mooch, Deb, and Family —- We were so sorry to hear about Mooch’s Father’s passing. Even though we weren’t privileged to know him, we know you all, and are feeling your sense of loss. May it help to know that you have friends who care. Sending you our deepest sympathy and friendship. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Henry, I’m so sorry for your loss my friend, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  • Mooch and Debbie,
    We are so sorry for the loss you are experiencing now. Our thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.

    Scott and Brenda Gerhart

  • So sorry for your lost. Paul was a real sweetheart whho would do anything he could for anyone.
    Love and Prayers for the Family.
    Love you Mooch and Debbie.

  • Very sorry to hear of skip”s passing. He was a very kind soul and a friend to many. God bless him and his family during this difficult time.

  • Sorry for your loss, I’ll miss running into Skip. He always had time to shoot the breeze. He will be missed.