Richard "Griff" Griffith

Dec 20, 2018
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10:30 AM, Friday, December 28, 2018 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 207 West Louise St., Waterloo


4:00 to 7:00 PM, Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Locke Funeral Home


Garden of Memories Cemetery with flag presentation.


St. Paul's United Methodist Church or American Cancer Society


     Richard "Griff" Griffith, 87, of Waterloo died at ManorCare Health Services Thursday, December 20, 2018 following a short illness.

     He was born July 21, 1931 in Des Moines son of Charles and Amanda Conrath Griffith. Griff graduated from Mason City High School in 1949 and then attended Mason City Junior College. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

    He married Lois Ruth Gump July 6, 1951 in Oakdale, IA.

    He operated Griff's Deep Rock & Car Wash for 23 years from 1958‑1981 and then was a Service Writer for Rydell Chevrolet’s Service Dept. retiring in 1996.

    Griff attended St. Paul's United Methodist Church and was a member of VFW Post #1623 and American Legion Post #138 for many years. Griff enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and attended all their sporting events, school programs, and other activities. He was interested in genealogy research. He had also been named Man of the Year in 2017 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

    Griff is survived by his wife, Lois of Waterloo; two daughters, Catherine (Keith) Smith of Waterloo and Karen (Kevin) DeSerano of Evansdale; son, Eric (Janae) Griffith of Ankeny; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer (Tim) Jensen, Thomas (Lacie) Westendorf, Amy (Jeremey) Stevens, Leah Smith, Adam Smith, Bradley (Liz) DeSerano, Jordan DeSerano, Kelli DeSerano, Danielle DeSerano, Cameron (Rachel) Griffith, and Quincy Griffith; and nine great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Fletcher, Chase, Chloe, Mayson, Natalie, Neela, Peter, and Gregory.

   He is preceded by his parents; and three brothers, Jack, Don and Paul Griffith.

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  1. Naomi | Dec 22, 2018
    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Richard. May the cherished memories you have help sustain you during this time. May we always have hope in Gods promise to eliminate death in the future recorded at Rev. 21:3, 4. Prayers are said for the peace of your family.
  2. Linda CoffmanNMIWN | Dec 21, 2018

    To Eric and family. So sorry for your loss. Eric is such a

    nice man, I am sure his father was a great role model.

    Bless all of you.


    Warner and Linda Coffman-Ankeny


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