FRANKLINVILLE - Lawrence O. Griffith, Jr., 88, of Route 16 South, passed away peacefully Sunday (April 6, 2014), at the home of his daughter.
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Born Feb 23, 1926, in Steubenville, Ohio, he was a son of Lawrence O. and Bertha M. Blumenauer Griffith. On June 12, 1948, in New Haven, Conn., he married G. Trudy E. Rapp, who died Feb. 5, 2009.
Mr. Griffith was works manager from 1951 to 1964 with Pittsburgh Corning Co. of Sedalia, Mo., also works manager from 1964 to 1969 in Port Allegany, Pa., and last was manager of market development with Pittsburgh Corning in Pittsburgh from 1969 to 1973. He was also the Port Allegany, Pa., borough manager for 12 years, and most recently a Wal-Mart greeter in Allegany before his retirement.
Lawrence was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy from April 1943 to May 1946 with the submarine service. He was a charter member of VFW Post 6391 of Port Allegany, a 25-year member of the Port Allegany Rotary Club, 50-year member of F. & A.M. Lodge 505 of Port Allegany, a member of Coudersport Consistory, and also a member of U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II.
Surviving are a son, Lawrence O. (Denise) Griffith, III of Enfield N.H.; a daughter, Darlene H. (Ralph) Howard of Franklinville, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and three nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Trudy; a brother, Charles C. Griffith; and a sister, Mary Margaret Dunn.
A memorial service will be held in July at a date and place to be announced. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.
Memorials can be made to the Veteran's Memorial Home, or McKean County SPCA. Condolences can be made at switzerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 9, 2014
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