Tom R. Griffis (The Texan), 67,of Astoria, Oregon, passed away on June 17, 2013 peacefully in his sleep.
Tom was born in Houston, Texas, in Montgomery County on August 19, 1945. He went to high school in Channelview, Texas finishing school in 1963 and shortly there after went into the Coast Guard and was stationed in Astoria, Oregon. In Astoria Tom met Judy Leppla and were married on August 1, 1964. Tom and Judy celebrated the birth of there first daughter Trisha on April 21, 1965 and then the birth of there second daughter Tamara on September 4, 1968. In 1967 Tom was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard. Tom and Judy settled in a small area of Astoria called Lewis and Clark in 1972 where they raised there family.
Tom worked as a diesel machanic of Crown Zellerbach from 1973 to 1985. When Crown shut down in 1985 he went to work for Bergerson Construction as a Diesel Mechanic for 3 years. Tom then went to work for Nyggard Logging where he retired in November 2007.
Tom is survived by his wife Judy Griffis and his daughter's and son-in-law's, Trisha and Jon Scarborough, Tamara Griffis and Charlie Kelly of Astoria Oregon; his brother Donald Griffis; nephew Darren Griffis of Conroe, Texas; god son Terry Jones of Knappa, Oregon; his in-laws Evelyn and Chris Causley of Astoria, Oregon, Eve and Jim Sixberry of Clio, Michigan, Margaret Hemmingson of Seattle, Washington and many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family and close friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his Father and Mother Horace and Irene Griffis, Brother Archie Streator, Nephew Walter Ryan Griffis of Conroe, Texas; Father and Mother-in-law Robert and Dorothy Leppla and brother-in-law Robert Leppla Jr. of Astoria, Oregon; and God son's Larry and Gary Jones of Warrenton, Oregon.
For many years when the logging gates up on Crown Zellerbach at the time were left open Tom enjoyed taking his family to the 4th bridge and camping almost every weekend regardless of weather in the summer. Once his first Grandchild was born he started a new camp sit in Jewell, Oregon where he spent many years with family and friends camping and building fond memories. He enjoyed the outdoors a great deal especially hunting with his family and friends, and fishing of the Olney Bridge in Clatsop County Oregon. Every Wednesday and Saturday Tom made his rounds going to the Olney Store purchasing his lottery tickets and vistiing locals.
There will be a celebration of Tom's life on August 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm at his home located at 90577 Pernu road, Astoria, Oregon. There will be a small commencement by Same Hess at 3:30 where people will also be able to share stories of Tom's life.
Donations can be made to St. Jude Medical Center,
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