David L. “Shad” Griffin passed away at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:55 p.m. He was born on August 9, 1951 to Kenneth and Bernadine V. (Durbin) Griffin. He married Angela (Grauer) Griffin on March 2, 1974 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church by Father Martin Mangen. Of this marriage, he was blessed with a daughter Ashly L. (Griffin) Smith. Later in life, he was blessed again with three grandchildren.
He has been retired since December 1, 2011 but formerly employed by Ken’s Refrigeration (Formerly owned family business) till 1985, Punzak Heat and Air Conditioning till 1997 as service technician for both companies. He then was employed by Gateway Foundation as a maintenance Supervisor until retirement in 2011 and was a graduate of Taylorville High school in the class of 1969.
His special interests were crappie fishing, being a campfire boy during hunting season, taking trips to the Illinois River with all of buddies, sitting in his “man cave” watching NASCAR every Sunday, cruzing in his Illini/Cardinal/Shriner golf cart. But most of all was his love for his grandchildren, daughter and other family. He was blessed with a loving daughter, a kind son-in-law, three great and active grandkids, “Special” sisters and brothers-in-law and many good buddies. He was a good man who had a kind soul and heart. He did not speak ill of others and ready to help whenever needed.
He served two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Italy. He received an honorable discharge in December 1972. He belonged to Veterans Memorial Home, Knights of Columbus #2120, Kincaid American Legion #905, Moose Lodge #1516, Christian County Shrine Club, Ansar Ag Corp, Ansar Shriner A.A.O.N.M.S, Mound Lodge #122, Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local #137 for 25 years, Christian County Sheriffs Reserve for 25 years and served on City of Taylorville Board of Appeals for 25 years. He is survived by his wife Angela Griffin of 39 years, daughter Ashly L. (Eddie) Smith, two grandsons, Griffin R. Smith, Greydon E. Smith and one granddaughter Gabrielle L. Smith. Sisters-in-law Roberta (Todd) Beaty, Carolyn “Kelly” (Ron) Prichett. Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Ken and Bernadine Griffin, Sister Sharon (Griffin) Goodall, Mother and father-in-law Robert G. and Margaret Grauer and one grandson Edward B. Smith IV.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, August 12, 2013 at Sutton Memorial Home with visitation being held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with funeral at 1:00 p.m. by Father Alan Hunter. Burial at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL with military graveside honors.
Memorials can be made to the Christian County Shrine Club P.O. Box 361 Taylorville, IL 62568; Veterans Memorial Home 515 West Ave, Taylorville, IL 62568; Taylorville Knights of Columbus #2120 401 S. Walnut St. Taylorville, IL 62568
Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.
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