Fred William Griffel, 82, was called home to his Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, while surrounded by his family.
Fred was born Jan. 1, 1930, at Hugginsville, Idaho, the son of Frederick and Martha Lenz Griffel. He grew up on the family farm in Squirrel and attended school in Kelley, Ashton and Pocatello and was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Fred held the rank of sergeant first class, Idaho Army National Guard, Company C, 116th Engineer Combat Battalion, and served in the Korean Expedition from 1950 to 1953. After military service, he received his pilot's license and flew for the Civil Air Patrol. He loved to fly and passed this passion onto his children and grandchildren.
On Feb. 19, 1956, he married Sharon Marie Kerbs and made their home in Squirrel. To this union was born seven children, four boys and three girls. Family was important, and he looked forward to the annual campout and hunting and fishing in the Targhee Forest.
In 1995, Fred and Sharon moved from the family farm to town, retiring from farming in 1998. After retirement, Fred drove a school bus and enjoyed the kids and camaraderie with the other bus drivers.
Surviving are his wife of Ashton; children, Fred (Calli) Griffel of Idaho Falls, Karen (Randy) Herbold of Vancouver, Wash., Kara (Scott) Vander Linden of Jerome, Idaho, Greg (Nancy) Griffel of Ashton, Wendy (Mark) Walter of Spirit Lake, Idaho, Brett Griffel of Ashton and Mary (Kent) Stommel of Idaho Falls; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Lloyd Griffel of Ashton.
Besides his parents and seven siblings, he was preceded in death by a son, Rick, in 1985.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton, with Pastor Leslie Judge officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church prior to services. Burial will be in Squirrel Cemetery with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 89 and the Idaho Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton.