Jack Givens

Jack Elwood Givens, 92, of Arkansas City, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Arkansas City First Presbyterian Church. Pastor Jack Dickson will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory.

A memorial has been established for First Presbyterian Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.

Jack was born October 11, 1927, to John W. and Naomi (Chaudoin) Givens, in Arkansas City. He was raised and educated in Arkansas City, graduating from Ark City High School in 1945. After high school he attended Cowley College for one year before being drafted into the U.S. Army. Jack served his country during World War II until his honorable discharge in 1947.

He married Bonnie Boggs on July 16, 1949, in Arkansas City. The couple made their home in Coffeyville before moving to Arkansas City. Jack managed Benson Lumber in Coffeyville, then in Arkansas City, until his retirement in 1979. After Bonnie’s passing in 2011, Jack married Betty Harper on July 26, 2014 in Arkansas City, where they made their home.

Jack loved hunting, fishing, being outdoors, dancing and reciting poems for people. His family has fond memories of Jack’s rendition of “Casey at the Bat.” He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church and a dedicated supporter of the Salvation Army.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Bonnie; a son, Jaime Givens; granddaughter, Koree Sponsel; three brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of the home; sons, Bruce Givens and wife, Sue, of El Dorado, and Andy Givens and wife, Rosa, of Diamond Bar, Calif.; daughter, Rebecca Sponsel and husband, Jeff, of Carthage, Mo.; grandchildren, Megan Meinen and husband, Andy, Brittany Thompson and husband, Seth, and Logan Sponsel and wife, Ashley; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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