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RALPH K. "GRIF" GRIFFITH, 87, of Port Orange, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at home. He was a U.S. Navy World War II Combat veteran and retired electrician. He was born in Fort Wayne. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served on Minesweeper DMS 9 in the Pacific, participating in action at Leyte, Lingayam and Iwo Jima. He received five Bronze Stars. He worked for Henry / Long Electrical Contracting Firm in Fort Wayne for 42 years. He was a member of IBEW Local 305. He was also a charter member of American Legion Post 499 and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3282, in Port Orange, Fla. He enjoyed dancing, swimming, boating, and golf. Surviving are his daughter, Dianne (Bruce) Hagen of Fort Wayne; sons, Keith Griffith of Decatur and David (Patricia) Griffith of Grimes, Iowa; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Grace; and great-granddaughter, Kennedy Griffith. Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 7910 W. Cook Road, Fort Wayne.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 23, 2013