Donald E. Griffin, Sr.

Death:Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Ogle Co, Illinois

OREGON - Donald E. Griffin, Sr., 77, of Oregon, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008 in his home. Born December 19, 1930 in Rockford, the son of Eugene and Luella (Rinehart) Griffin. Married to Merlene Basler December 30, 1950 in Oregon. Don was employed at E.D. Etnyre Co. in Oregon over 40 years from January 1952 to Sept. 1994 and after retiring worked part-time at Bemis Ford. He served on the Oregon Fire Dept. from Sept. 7, 1962 to April4, 1994, the Oregon Ambulance, and Oregon-Nashua Township board. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, serving on its boards, and Knights of Columbus Council 1092. Don was also known for his woodworking abilities. Survived by his wife, Merlene; son, Donald (Mary Jo) Griffin, Jr. of Oregon; daughter, Marcia (Gordon) Vaughn of Mt. Morris; grandchildren: Erica (Steve) Bell of Martin, TN, James Griffin of Polo, Daniel (Bethany) Griffin of Oregon, Jessica Griffin of Bloomingdale, Reanna Vaugh (Chuck Brandt) of Crandall, GA and Andrew Vaughn of Mt. Morris; great grandchildren: Erin, Emily Grace and Sadie Bell, Colton and AshLee Griffin, and Megan Brandt; and brother, George Janssen of Orlando, FL. Predeceased by his parents, brothers, Les and Fred Janssen and son, Daniel John Griffin. Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30pm Saturday May 10 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon with Rev. Richard Kramer, pastor, as celebrant. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation Friday 5:00 - 8:00pm in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, beginning with a 5:00pm prayer service. Memorials may be made to the Oregon Fire Dept.

Source: Mortuary Obit

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