William Perry Givens, 80, of Rushsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at his residence.
He was born on November 1, 1932 in Big Springs, OH to the late Carrold W. Givens and Opal (Predmore) Givens Royer. He is also preceded in death by his step-father, Pearl Royer and his siblings, Geraldine Snyder and Lewis Givens.
On August 18, 1952, he married the former Evelyn Stanford in Rushsylvania and she survives along with their children, Cathy (Keith) LeVan of Rushsylvania, Deborah (Joe) Clem of Ft. Myers, FL, Robert Givens of Bellefontaine, Brenda (Nick Phillips) McMillen of Bellefontaine and Christopher (Dawn) Givens of Rushsylvania; grandchildren, Jamond LeVan, Joseph LeVan, Januah Anspach, Mackenzie Koppel, Judd Clem, Seth Clem, Chance Givens, Jessica Bergman, and Kirsten Givens; step grandchildren, Alan Clem and Angela Tabbi; 18 great grandchildren; and sisters, Barbara Newland of Big Springs and Sandy (Lowell) Buck of West Liberty.
On February 1, 1991 he retired from Knowlton Construction as a crane operator working on several major hospitals and universities.
Bill served in the U.S. Army from February 12, 1953 to February 16, 1955. He was a member of the Rushsylvania United Methodist Church, the Hi-Point See Saws, and the International Union of Operating Engineers. He loved his wife of 61 years, his family, Sunday dinners, going to the casino, square dancing, camping, and going to Florida in the winter.
Pastor John James will officiate a funeral service at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine where friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013. Burial will be in the Rushsylvania Cemetery with military services by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rushsylvania United Methodist Church, 152 Rush Street, Rushsylvania, OH 43347 or to the charities of the donors’ choices.