Ralph M. (Buz) McGivern, 82, of Midland, passed away unexpectedly on November 7, 2017 at MidMichigan Medical Center. He was born in Hillsdale, MI on October 31, 1935 to the late Ralph and Margaret (Roost) McGivern. On January 6, 1957 he married Barbara Ware and they shared 60 wonderful years together.
Ralph served in United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Michigan and a Master of Business from Central Michigan University. He moved his family to Midland in 1963 to apprentice with architect Alden B. Dow now known as Dow Howell Gilmore Associates Incorporated. He retired from Delta Community College in 2001 as an Associate Professor, who was also an Architectural Consultant for them, started their Architectural Program and taught Computer Aided Design. Buz was an avid reader, loved to plan traveling trips to photograph nature with his wife, as well as to spend quality time with family and friends. He was so proud of the passive solar house he designed and built on the Chippewa River in 1980, loving to watch the changing of seasons from his living room.
Ralph is survived by his wife Barbara, daughters, Pamela (Henry Daniel) McGivern, Marcia McGivern, grandsons, Geoffrey(Anna) Birney, Roy Matthew (Claudia) Birney and 4 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 am on Friday, November 17, 2017 at First United Methodist Church with Reverend J. D. Landis officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, November 16th at Smith-Miner Funeral Home from 2:00-5:00 pm and at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers those considering an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the First United Methodist Church, the Nature Center â€œEducation Programâ€ or the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.
On line condolences can be left at smithminer.com.