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William Perry Givens


William P. Givens, 80, of Rushsylvania, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at his residence.

He was born in Big Springs on Nov. 1, 1932, to the late Carrold W. Givens and Opal Predmore Givens Royer. He also was preceded in death by his stepfather, Pearl Royer, and his siblings, Geraldine Snyder and Lewis Givens.

On Aug. 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, Fla., Robert Givens of Bellefontaine and Brenda (Nick Phillips) McMillen, both 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; stepgrandchildren, Alan Clem and Angela Tabbi; 18 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Barbara Newland of Big Springs and Sandy (Lowell) Buck of West Liberty.

On Feb. 1, 1991, he retired from Knowlton Construction as a crane operator who worked on several major hospital and university projects.

Bill served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 12, 1953, to Feb. 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 officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial is 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 St., Rushsylvania, OH 43347 and to the charities of the donors’ choices.

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