John Griffith cared deeply for his faith and his family
Mass of Christian Burial for John W. Griffith, 72, of Mobridge, was held Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Gettysburg under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
John passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Gettysburg Hospital.
John was born March 14, 1942, in Baltimore, Md., to Francis and Mildred (Kaiser) Griffith. He grew up on the farm near Gettysburg and graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1960. John attended the University of South Dakota and graduated from Northern State University with a degree in chemistry. He returned to the farm after graduation to help his family.
He married Leora Zimmerman on March 5, 1982, in Pierre.
John worked for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, retiring in 2007. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was a third-degree Knights of Columbus.
Without question John cared for his faith and family deeply. He had a great love for animals and was an outgoing person to everybody who he considered his friend. He had a love for telling stories and always saw the best in everybody.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Leora (Zimmerman) Griffith; two daughters, Joyce (Kim) Krumm of Mobridge and Brittany (A.J.) Waldner of Sioux Falls; four grandchildren, Damon Griffith (Steph) of Sioux Falls, Paige Krumm of Mobridge, and Ethan and Emma Waldner of Sioux Falls; two sisters, Mary (Mike) Bohnenkamp of Gettysburg and Betty (Brent) Lindbloom of Pierre; in-laws, Gary (Pam) Zimmerman of Prescott, Ariz., Janice (Bob) Cahill of Crossville, Tenn., Lavona Sheets of Las Cruces, N.M., Yvonne (Gret) Smykle of Sioux Falls, Jim (Carol) Zimmerman of Dallas, Texas; Ken (Lynette) Zimmerman of Waukasha, Wis., and Bill (Anne) Zimmerman of Circle Pines, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Griffith and Mildred (Kaiser) Griffith, brother, Bob Griffith, and his beloved dog, Lucy.