Ben D. Givens (1929 - 2014)

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Ben D. Givens

Clearwater, FL

Ben D. Givens, formerly of West Des Moines, passed away Sunday, June 15 at home in Clearwater.

Ben was born Nov. 24, 1929. After graduating from Valley High School, he served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He attended Drake University and was a founding partner of Ryun, Givens and Company, P.L.C.

During retirement in Clearwater, FL, Ben was very active in the sailing community. He served as Commodore of the Clearwater Yacht Club. He had many adventures in life and loved music, sailing, skiing, and fishing.

Ben is survived by his loving wife Sharon, his first wife Marilyn Raines, his children: Debbie (Marc), Steve (Becky), Karen (Pat), Jeff (Susan), Greg (Mary Jean), 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, extended family, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter Megan Pavelick.

An Iowa Celebration of Life will be held at Raccoon River Lodge on Monday, July 7 from 1:30-3:30.

A Florida Memorial will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Published in Des Moines Register on June 22, 2014
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