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Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

OBITUARY

Gerald Robert Givens

March 16, 1945November 22, 2019

Gerald Robert Givens, 74, of Colorado Springs, Colorado passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019 with his family at his side. Gerry was born March 16, 1945 in East Orange, New Jersey to Horace T. F. Givens and Elsie Hauck Givens. Gerry graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and the University of Texas with an M.S. in Operations Research.

Gerry served in the United States Air Force from 1969-1991 and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He then continued working as a Satellite Engineer and Program Manager for the next 20 years at Titan, Northern NEF, and Linquest. During retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends- traveling, camping, and playing games. He also spent many hours reading, working on his model train layout, and gardening.

Gerry is survived by Karen, his loving wife of 52 years, and his children Jonathan (Leigh-Ann), Melissa, and Jessica Larson (Joel) and his five grandchildren- Anissa, Naomi, Angela, Jillian, and Jacob. His brothers, Horace and Edward, preceded him in death.

Gerry was a devoted follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. He lived his life with faith, integrity, and generosity. His funeral service will be held on Monday, December 2 at 11:00 AM at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4125 Constitution Ave, Colorado Springs. A committal service will follow at Pikes Peak National Cemetery at 1:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, December 2, 2019

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Serena Brizic

November 29, 2019

Gerry and Karen were our neighbors in Falcon, CO for over ten years. Gerry loved his family and his beagles. He could be seen working on his trains, walking his beagles and his yard was the talk of the town. I was blessed to see them enjoy their grandchildren in their yard and around the cul-de-sac. Gerry shared many of his prize vegetables from his garden with us and he inspired us to try to keep our lawn mowed. When they moved, they gave us their piano that our daughter Geena plays daily. Geena wants to be a musician and I think of our loving neighbors as she plays. Gerry was kind to our family and we will miss him always. We wish Karen and the family the best. Gerry was a wonderful person and I am so glad that our paths crossed. The neighborhood is not the same.

Ralph McLain

November 27, 2019

I worked with Gerry in the Air Force, and after I had retired he hired me to work as a contractor supporting the AF people who had previously worked for us. I was more than happy to come work for Gerry and continued to count him as a friend thereafter. He was always upbeat and never got worked up over trivia. He was a pleasure to be around. He smiled and laughed a lot. The world is a quieter and poorer place without him. Ralph McLain

MONTY WHITE

November 27, 2019

Gerry was an exceptional supervisor in the AF and gave me my first job as a contractor. More importantly, he sponsored me in Via de Cristo and helped me to have a more personal daily walk with our Lord. He is a good and faithful servant who had a positive impact on many lives.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY