Pascal Lee Givens (aka “Frog”) passed away on July 24, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born in Altamont, TN on September 20, 1934, number 4 of 12 children to Pascal Givens Sr and Cora Etta (nee Henry). He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 – 1956, was a retiree of Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant and was a member of the American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association (AVMRA) Chapter 7. He is preceded in death by his wife Betty Jean (nee Watson).
He is survived by daughters Teresa “Trouch” (Reinhold) Doetterl of St. John IN, Melinda “NuNu Nay” (Ritch) Bobo of Park Forest, sons Jeffrey “Bullwinkle” Givens of Park Forest and Jason “Egg Head” Givens of Peotone, as well as daughter-in-law Megan Givens of Park Forest, grandchildren Nicole Givens, Mickey Givens, Shelby McDermott, Kaila Laub, Reina Doetterl and Jocelyn Givens.
He is also survived by brothers Bobby Givens of Hohenwald TN, Dale Givens of Dover TN and Charles Givens of Clarksville TN, sisters Jimmie “the favorite” (Melvin) Van Hooser, Pat Thompson, Wanda Givens all of Clarksville TN, Linda Couch of Winchester TN and 2 other sisters.
Other survivors include his “Sweetie” of 18+ years Judith Johnson and her family: Karen Johnson-Canning (Larry) & children Mitch and Eric, Susan Johnson-Murphy (Walter) & children Heather and Brent as well as NUMEROUS nieces, nephews, friends, his brothers/sisters of American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association (AVMRA) Chapter 7, Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) and his beloved Harley Davidson trike.
He volunteered his time to benefit his fellow veterans with the Caring Patriots Veteran Food Drive, Honor Flight and Honor Guard.
He leaves behind a legacy of generosity, humor, kindness, love for his family/friends and his need to control. His family will remember him when they eat cereal (“quit that chomping”) and when performing tasks (“do it thisaway”). He leaves this earth knowing that John Wayne was the most bad-ass cowboy ever, Vienna sausages are the ultimate canned meat, “_ot sauce” should be added to any food, a razor knife is better than any pocket knife and recorded bowling is better than live TV. Family members are now allowed to park their foreign cars in the driveway. He will be hard to forget because he was so loved and he gave us so much to remember.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Caring Patriots NFP, Inc. to benefit the annual veterans food drive that Lee tirelessly volunteered for and which the fundraising portion of this event has been named in his honor.
Internment – private.
Arrangements entrusted to Lain-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Westwood Dr. Park Forest, IL 60466