Melvin H. Givant
Melvin H. Givant

August 21, 1929 - July 17, 2017
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Melvin H. Givant, 87, passed away at the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center on Monday, July 17, 2017. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 19 at Iles Dunn’s Chapel followed by burial at Jewish Glendale Cemetery. The family will be observing Shiva (visitation) from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center 900 Polk Blvd, Des Moines.

Melvin was born in Des Moines on August 21, 1929 to Isadore and Rose (Lump) Givant and graduated from East High School in 1947. Following graduation, he began working in the family auto salvage business, Givant Auto Parts. He is best known as owner of Capital Auto Parts. He was an active member of Beth El Jacob Synagogue, where he was involved with the Men’s Club, coaching basketball, and various activities associated with the synagogue. He liked playing tennis, cards and having coffee with his friends.

Melvin was devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Esther (Kramer) Givant of Des Moines; two daughters, Cherie Gold (David Leon) of West Des Moines and Debbie (Mark) Raisher of St. Louis, MO; twin sons, David (Judy Moeller) of West Des Moines and Dan (Jolene) Givant of Clive; seven grandchildren, Lyndsay Gold (fiance, John Nielsen), Alexis (Alex) Rueter, Samantha Raisher, Kim Raisher, Kyle Raisher, Noah Givant, and Zoe Givant; siblings, Joyce Galinsky, Jeannette (Herb) Rosen, and Alan (Vicki) Givant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center.


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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
11:00 AM
Jewish Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines, IA
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
12:00 PM


Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center
900 Polk Boulevard
Des Moines, IA 50312