WYOMING - Donald Leroy Griggs, 81, of Wyoming passed away into rest at 12:35 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, while spending the winter in Venice, Fla.
He was born June 24, 1932, in Galesburg, Ill., to Roy and Ollie Truitt Griggs.
Don graduated from Woodhull High School in 1950. He entered the U.S. Army on Nov. 6, 1952, and served during the Korean War. He was a proud veteran who honored his country his entire life.
He married his soul mate, Shirley Jean Griggs, on Dec. 17, 1955, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 1999.
Surviving are his children, Rory (Mariann) Griggs of Groveland, Ill., Rick (Josephine) Griggs of Mapleton, Ill., Ron (Sandra) Griggs of Mapleton, Ill., and Lori Griggs of Lincoln, Neb.; seven grandchildren, Jade (Stu) Spencer, Tyler (Dana) Griggs, Ali (Caleb) Holzaepfel, Nick (Lisa) Griggs, Austin (Melissa) Griggs, Stefan Griggs and Skylar Griggs; seven great-grandchildren, Logan, Lauren, Lacey, Leah, Avery, Sam and Tatum; one sister, Fran Lierly of Phoenix, Ariz.; two nieces, Peggy (Ben) Holland and Janet (Mike) Ostermyer, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a very special mother-in-law, Evelyn Kicksey of Colona, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Dale Olson.
Don was an avid sports fan who loved the St. Louis Cardinals and the Fighting Illini. He also enjoyed playing golf and attending games or activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to visit with old friends, new friends and "soon-to-be" new friends.
He was a farmer in his early years and also a salesman for Moorman Feed. Don was an Amoco/Standard Oil salesman in the 1960s and 1970s. He owned Don Griggs Ford from 1975 to 1980. For the remainder of his career, he owned his own spraying and seed business, D.L. Agriculture Service.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Wyoming. Pastor Paul Parks and Pastor Daniel Touhy will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Wyoming. Private entombment will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church or
Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.