Robert “Bob” Griffin, 91, of Dakota City, passed away March 12, 2017 at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt with Pastor Christy Ehrle officiating. Burial will be in Indian Mound Cemetery, Humboldt, with full military honors by Adams American Legion Post 119 and Sathers-Odgaard VFW Post 5240. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt.
Bob, son of Elmo and Marjorie (Van de Walker) Griffin was born July 14, 1925, in David, Iowa. After graduating McIntyre High School in 1942 he worked on the family farm until 1950 when he moved to Dickens to work for the Rural Electric Cooperative (REC). Bob was drafted into the army later that year and attended basic training at Camp McCoy, WI. He was assigned to Ft. Leonardwood, MO, for motor maintenance training before deployment to Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1952. He returned to work at Cornbelt REC in Humboldt where he was employed in Electrical Maintenance for forty years. Bob met Virginia Jones of Hampton, Iowa before he served in Korea. After returning from the war they we're married in Hampton, Iowa, on December 6, 1952, and they made their home in Dakota City.
Robert's family's includes his wife Virginia (deceased) and four children; Bobbi, Pueblo, Colorado, Clark (Amy) of Iowa City, Iowa, Rebecca (Andrew) Hettinger of Huxley, Iowa, and Glenn (deceased). He has five grandchildren; Patrick Griffin, Daniel (Hailey) Griffin, Luke Griffin (deceased), Rachel Hettinger, and Nathan Hettinger. He has one great grandson, Isaac Griffin. Bob has one brother, Chet (deceased).
Robert served on the Dakota City town council from 1966-1974. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. Robert was well known for his avid gardening. He raised a huge vegetable and fruit garden for decades. Bob loved carpentry, building, and fixing anything electrical or mechanical. He loved tinkering at his workbenches.
Memorial contributions will sent to the United Methodist Men for their mission project Personal Energy Transportation (PET) carts; three wheeled, hand cranked mobility carts for victims of polio and land mines.