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George E. 'Rasty' Givens

George E. "Rasty" Givens

Apr 22, 1927 - Mar 15, 2009
Fremont County native George E. "Rasty" Givens of Arapahoe died Sunday evening, March 15, 2009, at Wind River Healthcare in Riverton. He was 81.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.

George Earl Givens and his twin brother were born on the family homestead five miles north of Riverton on April 22, 1927, to Donald Givens and Ruby (Coen) Givens. The twins attended Riverton schools and, as young men, they worked the family sheep operation on the Beaver Rim homestead.

Later, he worked as a cowhand for Jess Posey and his family said Mr. Givens was well-known for his cowboy abilities.

Mr. Givens married Ellen Chamberlain in 1946.

They ranched along the Little Wind River and raised seven children of their own and several foster children.

Mr. Givens participated in local rodeos and his family said he enjoyed reading, roping, and ranching,

Following the death of his first wife, he married Sue Fowler in 1981. The couple continued to live out his life on the family ranch south of Riverton.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; brother, Alvin Givens and his wife Wanda; sister, Mary Lou Fullerton; daughters, Missy Groves, Judy Groathouse and her husband Ron, Jenny Cones and her husband Bryan; sons, Ronnie Givens and his wife Tracy, Guy Givens and his wife Janet, Dode Givens and Bridgette, Britt Givens and Brenda, and Pat Givens; 19 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Givens was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen; parents, Donald Givens and Ruby Beckman, and twin brother, Henry Merle Givens.

Memorials may be made to the Bryce Groves Medical Fund, in care of Campco Federal Credit Union, PO Box 360, Wright WY 82732.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.