Lewis C. Griffin
Born December 27, 1921, in Franklin, Lewis was the son of the late Nathan Edward and Bessie Pearl (Brown) Griffin. He and his wife, the former Jean Lippincott, were married on February 28, 1946, and they were the first couple to be married at the Utica Presbyterian Church; she preceded him in death on April 14, 2019.
Lewis proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the 565th Motor Ambulance Company and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. On December 21, 1945, he was Honorably Discharged as a Private First Class and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ 5 Bronze Stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Upon returning home, Lewis worked as an Electrician for the Amalie Refinery until it burned down in 1970. He then went on to work for Erie Industrial as an Electrician until his retirement in 1983.
In his spare time, Lewis kept active, both in his church and his organizations. He was a member of the Utica Presbyterian Church for over 73 years, where he served as a Session Elder and taught Sunday School. He was also a past Master of the Cochranton Masonic Lodge #790; a member of the Veteran’s Coalition; a founding member of the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard; a lifetime member of the Utica Volunteer Fire Department; and a Cranberry AM Walker. Lewis also enjoyed wood carving.
Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Linda Smith of El Paso, TX, and Diane Davies and her husband, Ronald Jr., of Greenville; his five grandchildren, Karey Hardesty and her husband, Rod, of Odessa, TX, Kristie Smith and her special friend, Danny Diaz, of Albuquerque NM, Ronald Davies and his wife, Erin, of Elyria, OH, Michael Davies and his wife, Lee-Anne, of Landis, NC, and Michele Turner and her husband, Michael, of Chagrin Falls, OH; and his 7 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, Lewis was preceded in death by his three brothers, Glenn, Nathan “Sonny”, and Robert Griffin; and his sister, Marietta Wright.
Family and friends will be received at the Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc., 1315 Chestnut Street, Franklin on Friday, June 14, 2019, from 9 am to 11 am.
Funeral Services for Lewis will be held at the funeral home following visitation at 11 am with Tina Kaye, Commissioned Pastor of Utica Presbyterian Church, officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.
Lewis will be laid to rest next to his wife at Lupher Chapel Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard, P.O. Box 137, Franklin, PA 16323.
To send flowers, cards or online condolences, family and friends are invited to visit www.gardinierfuneralhome.com.
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