Chester Griffitt, 92, of rural Sweet Springs, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Jan. 4, 1916, in Hutchinson, Kan., he was the son of the late Grover Griffitt and Katherine Griebel Griffitt. On Oct. 22, 1938, in Kansas City, he married Opal Lemmons, who preceded him in death on Nov. 5, 2000. He had lived in Saline County his entire life and worked on the railroad, worked in construction as a bridge builder and was a farmer. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Sweet Springs and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving as a tail gunner on the USS Homer Lea in the South Pacific. He was also a member of Blackburn American Legion Post 478.
Survivors include three sons, David O. Griffitt of rural Slater, Dannie O. Griffitt and Uthel Griffitt, both of rural Marshall; one daughter, Joyce I. Eckhoff of rural Sweet Springs; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Betty McEneny of Warsaw, Faye Fain of Concordia, Anna Edwards of Sedalia, Maxine Crank of Concordia and Marguerite Driver of Sweet Springs; three brothers, Lewis Griffitt of Independence, Grover "Sonny" Griffitt of Harrisburg and Paul Griffitt of Warsaw; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Jacquelyn Eckhoff; one granddaughter, Candy Griffitt; two brothers, Lawrence Griffitt and Ralph Griffitt; and one sister, Frances Sims.
Additional information provided per family recompense.