Donald Keith Girven
(April 7, 1930 - March 5, 2013)


Donald Keith Girven, 82, of Bear Lake, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was born April 7, 1930, in Bear Lake, the son of Jack and Bertha (Hartman) Girven.

Don enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1949. He worked as a Loadmaster on C130 and C141 aircraft. He compiled over 20,000 hours of flight time and traveled all over the world. Don served in the Vietnam War flying troops in support of the war. He traveled all over the world with assignments to Minnesota, Virginia, Mississippi, Texas, Alaska, and California. He was extremely proud of his service to his country, and retired after 21 years.

In his spare time, Don enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He also loved to hunt and fish. Don was a jack-of-all-trades, and he could often be found tinkering around his house. He could fix anything, make anything, and he was always willing to lend a hand to his friends and neighbors.

On June 20, 1953, in St. Paul Minnesota, Don married Rita Gransberg who survive him. He is also survived by: 3 children, Linda (Dennis) Keyes of Wilton, California, Randy (Michelle) Girven of Palm Coast, Florida, and Jeffrey (Angela) Girven of Crown Point, Indiana; 6 grandchildren, Brian, Keith, Joshua, Amanda, Laura, and Amber; 4 great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Emily, Kaylynn, and Landon; his sister, Lu Sundbeck of Manistee; his brother-in-law, Don Hyrns of Bear Lake; his sister-in-law, Ruby Girven of Bear Lake; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; and 8 siblings, Ruth, John, Dorothy, Lucille, Frances, Harley, Carol, and Helen.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva, with the Rev. Dr. Bobby Cabot officiating. Interment will take place in the Pleasanton Township Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM, Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bear Creek VFW Post #6333 or to the Big Bear Sportsmans Club.