Donald T. Griffith, 76, Wawaka, passed away on June 10, 2016, at home. He was born on Oct. 15, 1939, the son of Tilman and Helen (Lemons) Griffith in Detroit, Mich. On July 20, 1963, he married Mary Beth Quinn in Riverdale, Ill.; she survives.
Also surviving are six children: Donald (Heather) Griffith, Syracuse; Kathleen Scroggins, Kendallville; Dean Griffith, Kendallville; James (Susie) Griffith, Syracuse; and Laurie Griffith, Wawaka; and Michael Griffith, Ligonier; 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters: Lois Lawson, Chicago, Ill.; and Karen (Bob) Lawson, Merrillville; special nephew and niece: Doug (Missy) Sands, Columbia City; Debora (Brian) Selinsky, Arizona; along with many other special nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Mildred “Dixie” Rice; and his mother- and father-in-law: Thomas and Adeline Quinn.
Don served his country honorably in the United States Navy from 1957-1961 and retired from Dana Corporation after 20 years of service. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Syracuse. Don was also a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the American Legion Post 243, both of Ligonier. He loved to bowl and did so on several different leagues over the years. He also loved to do crossword puzzles. Don leaves behind many precious memories and countless dear friends.
A funeral service will be held in Don’s honor at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at Yeager Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial will follow at McClintic Cemetery, Syracuse.
Family and friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.