Thomas Alyn “Griff” Griffith, 93, died March 7, 2013, at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles, Ore.
He was born June 3, 1919, in Lewistown, Mont., the third of three sons to Fred and Gertrude Griffith. He grew up on the family dairy farm and attended schools in Lewistown, until The Great Depression, when he moved with his family to Miles City, Mont. There he met Alice Michaelson (Griffith) and on June 5, 1940, they were married. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
In Lewistown, he managed Don’s Store for 11 years, and together they owned and operated Grammas’ Swap Shoppe. During their 59 years of marriage, they also lived in Wyoming, and briefly in Arizona. Following his wife’s death in 1999, he moved to Oregon.
He was a professional gunsmith with an extensive knowledge of firearms, an avid hunter, fisherman, horseman, woodcarver, and enthusiastic lifelong learner.
Tom is survived by his son, Craig Griffith and his wife Virginia, of Meeteetse, Wyo.; daughters, Donna Griffith and Maralee Johns and her husband Basil, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Bicki Griffith Shaver and her husband Dan of The Dalles. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, (Tammy Bashford, Tracie Tenerelli and her husband John, Garrett Johns and his wife Erica, Todd Griffith and his wife Wendy, Toby Griffith and his wife Jo Dee, Grady Shaver and his wife Vickie and Nate Shaver and his fiancée Kelsey), 11 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers, James and Philip Griffith, his wife, Alice, and their oldest grandson, Howard Thomas Eckert.
Cremation has taken place with Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
A celebration of life is planned for this summer. Memorials may be made to charities of your choice.
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