Jan. 21, 1927 – Sept. 27, 2012
WARSAW, Ill. – Elijah Wilbur “Little” Griffin, 85, of Warsaw, Ill., passed away at 2:17 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, in Keokuk Area Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 21, 1927, in Warsaw, the son of Wilbur Lee and Anna Schmitt Griffin.
He married Naomi M. Hoener on Jan. 21, 1950, in Keokuk. She preceded him in death on July 11, 2012. He and his wife had shared the same birthday, Jan. 21, and also were married on Jan. 21.
Survivors include: two sons, Harley (Mary) Griffin of Keokuk and Dennis Griffin of Warsaw; a daughter, Teresa (Alan) Brown of Quincy, Ill.; three sisters, Wahneta (Clarence) Buckert of Warsaw, Patty (Dan) Runge of Warsaw and Brenda (Robert “Bud”) Avery, also of Warsaw; a brother-in-law, Edgar “Bud” (Sue) Hoener of Sutter, Ill.; grandchildren, Jim (Kim) Finton, Susan (Pete) Abernethy, LeiAnn (Tim) Malmgren, Angelia (Robert) Embry and Alex Brown; and great-grandchildren, Noah Finton, Jessica and Shane Abernethy, Harley and Brooke Malmgren and Taylor Embry.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Timothy, Nathaniel, Elisha “Big” and Gary Griffin; and a sister, Priscilla Beeler.
Elijah attended Warsaw schools and was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the European Theater. He was very active with the Warsaw VFW Post and Ralph Parker American Legion Post, having served as commander. He volunteered to decorate many veterans’ graves at Memorial Day and participated in the Honor Guard for many, many military services.
He had worked at The Hubinger Company (Roquette America) for 38 years, retiring in 1989.
He was a member of Grain Millers Local 48.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He loved music and played the guitar, favoring blue grass and country music. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and gardening. He loved his roles as husband, father, grandfather, great-grandpa, uncle, brother, friend and neighbor.
Visitation was held Monday afternoon at Lamporte - St. Clair Funeral Home, Warsaw, with family meeting friends from 4 to 7 p.m.
Services were at 10 a.m. today at the funeral home, with the Rev. Julie Azbell officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Warsaw, with full military graveside honors by the Warsaw VFW Post and Hamilton VFW Post.
Memorials have been established in memory of Elijah “Little” Griffin.
Condolences can be left online for the family at www.lamportefuneralhomes.com.
Lamporte – St. Clair Funeral Home of Warsaw is in charge of the arrangements.