Gary always had a smile on his face and a friendly personality for everyone. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Gary Leo Griffin, 72, of New London, died Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at his home. He was born September 13, 1947, in Iowa City to Earl Vincent and Phyllis Mae Kleopfer Griffin. On July 5, 1969 he married Ronda Jean Villhauer in Iowa City.
He attended St. Patrick's School, was a 1965 graduate of Regina High School in Iowa City, and attended Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids. He was of the Catholic faith and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was manager of non-foods for Mays/Eagles for many years and was manager and part owner of Stockmans Truck Stop in South St. Paul, MN. Every year he coached softball for his class reunion at the Fall Fun Festival; used to love watching wrestling with his father-in-law; especially enjoyed watching the Hawkeyes, Bears and Cubs, and loved being in the sports pools. He enjoyed playing in the snow and snowball fights with his daughters and never missed an opportunity to see them at their games.
Gary is survived by his wife; daughters, Debra (Scott) Schroeder of Burlington, Laura Christner and Erica Griffin both of New London; nine grandchildren, Morgan, Alexander, Sydney and Nikolas Schroeder, Madeline Griffin, Griffin Berndt, Terridan and Keely Christner and Deangelo Griffin; one sister, Phyllis (Mike) Patterson of Iowa City; and nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Rick Griffin.
The memorial service for Mr. Griffin will be held at 4:00 PM, Monday, November 18th at Elliott Chapel with Pastor Dean Graber officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until the time of the service. According to his wishes, his body has been cremated.
A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.elliottfuneralchapel.com.
The Stockmens shirt and hat always matched
Ronda and family,
When we moved to Iowa City in 1961 I met 3 guys that became friends for life, Griff, Frick and John W. Over the years I have many great memories that involve these three friends, one was when we were freshmen and I was walking home with Frick under one arm and Griff under the other. This was the results of having a wine test experiment in John's basement.
If there is a place where friends and family meet on the other side I'm sure Griff and Frick are bring smiles to the people around.
RIP my friends.
Sorry for your loss but I'm sure he's at peace now.
Griff was one of my best pals in high school. He was a great friend and a great guy. Loved by all. Knowing him, I know he was a great husband, dad, and grandpa. Peace, love and Rock 'n' Roll, Griff!
Gary was a good friend to all of our classmates at St. Patrick’s and Regina. I send my condolences to his family.
Ronda, please accept my condolences for your loss.
Many find memories spending time with Ronda and Gary! Lots of laughs and good times! Rest in peace Gary you have suffered enough. Ronda we are here to comfort you and listen.