May 4, 1948 - Jul 19, 2021
Ronnie Givens, 73, of Arapahoe, WY passed away Monday, July 19, 2021. Funeral services will be 9:00 a.m., Monday, July 26, 2021 at the Fremont Center of the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton. Burial will follow at the Collins Cemetery on Riverview Road Cuttoff.
Ronald Earl Givens was born May 4, 1948 in Thermopolis, Wyoming to George “Rasty” Earl and Ellen (Chamberlain) Givens. Ronnie grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation attending schools of Mill Creek Elementary, Riverton and graduated High School from Fremont County Vocational High School in Lander, WY. He attended Casper College and the University of Wyoming on rodeo scholarships and was on the rodeo teams for both schools. He attained his Bachelor of Science in Ag Education. After graduation, he did his student teaching at the Shoshoni High School and then taught Ag at the Fort Washakie School until he began ranching full time.
Ronnie was a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Indian Rodeo Association, was the Horse Shoeing Instructor and coach for the Central Wyoming College Rodeo Team, Member of the Arapaho Ranch Business Board, Founding member of the Wind River Ag Producers Group, a Wyoming State FSA Board Member, Wyoming NRCS Board Member, Wyoming State Water Commission Board Member, Wind River Tribal Water Board Member and was involved in many more community building programs. Ronnie was an Indan Rodeo Assoc, Rodeo Cowboy Assoc & PRCA Rodeo Cowboy for many years in multiple events. He was also a major advocate for encouraging young ag producers on and off of the reservation and a lifetime supporter of youth rodeo.
Ronnie loved his family, reading, learning anything new and studying history. He was not only the epitome of cowboy but a true horseman. His favorite thing was to get a horse to give its best and he achieved that by giving his best. Ronnie was a lifetime student and believed in learning He loved and worshipped the great outdoors where he found himself closest to God.
Ronnie is survived by his wife Tracy, his four sons, Trenton Givens and his wife, Jen, Ronald Jayson Givens and his wife, Erin Thompson, J.D. Tarbet and Dalton Givens, his two daughters, Ember Stewart and her husband, Kevin and Emmi Tarango and her husband, Waldo, his 10 grandchildren; brothers, Guy Givens, Dode Givens, Britt Givens, and John Pat Givens; sisters, Judy Groathouse and Beth “Missy” Givens Posey.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Ellen Givens; and brother-in-law, Ron Groathouse.
Memorials may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
On-line condolences may be made at TheDavisFuneralHome.com.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.