He was born July 18, 1931, in Clay City, the son of Erza and Inez Shear Bivens.
He graduated from Clay City High School, class of 1949.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
On Aug. 23, 1958, he married Sharon Reedy Bivens.
Together, they raised their family in Clay City.
He had worked at the Whitmer Tire Shop for several years and became the owner of the tire shop after Mr. Whitmer retired. Don was in the tire business for more than 40 years. Not only did the tire shop provide service, it was also the spot for the "loafer's bench," a local gathering spot.
Don was active in the American Legion Post No. 225, and was currently serving as the financial officer. He served on the town board during the 1970s and always supported local business. Don was the manager of the Clay City License Branch for 20 years, ending in 1988. He and Sharon are members of the Heritage Baptist Church.
He enjoyed having a vegetable garden and helped his wife do some of the canning. He enjoyed watching his son play sports and NASCAR.
He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sisters in infancy, Evangeline and Avangeline, and brother Harley Dale.
Survivors include his loving wife Sharon Bivens, Clay City, daughter Donetta Bivens Berlen and husband Kevin, Clay City, son Darren Bivens and Martha Lockett, Terre Haute, grandchildren Heather Devore (Cody), Jason Berlen, Jeremy Bivens, Steven Bivens, Jacari Lockett and Ciara Lockett, great-granddaughter Gwen Devore, sisters Mary Bivens and Marjorie Miller (Kenneth), Coal City, sister and brother-in-law Marge and Phil Sutton, Bloomington, nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Services will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home with pastor Steve Tyra officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, with military graveside rites provided by the American Legion Post No. 225, and the Sullivan American Legion also.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m.
Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.