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Earl O. Griffis, Sr.

April 14, 1924 August 7, 2020
Earl O. Griffis, Sr.
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Griffis Sr, Earl Otto, Commissary Man Second Class, U.S.N.: Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal 5 Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon 2 Stars, Honorably Discharged US NAVY on October 5, 1948.
Cape May NJ, Earl O. Griffis Sr., age 96, formerly of Pennington NJ, passed away August 7, 2020. He longed to be with his wife, Miriam, who passed away less than 6 weeks prior. They shared 74 years of marriage together. They never left each other’s side with the exception of when Earl served in the US Navy during WWII. Earl was a cook on board PC 1129 (sub-chaser) when his ship was broadsided by the enemy and finally sank. Earl was left shipwrecked in the waters off the coast of the Philippines along with his shipmates until they were miraculously rescued hours later. Earl was a lifelong member of First Church of The Nazarene in Pennington. There he was actively involved with Sunday school, Trustees, and head cook in the kitchen preparing meals for church events. He belonged to numerous bible studies. Previous to the Navy, he worked as a cook for Floyd’s Diner in Trenton, NJ. After his military service he worked at Princeton Cemetery for many years in Princeton NJ. He enjoyed summer retreats at Erma Holiness Camp, Cape May, where again he served as cook for the congregational campers. Earl enjoyed yard sales and antique collecting. He loved gardening and animals. He was quick to feed and shelter stray animals. Earl was faithful to his family and supportive to both family and friends. Earl was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was a friendly and social person. He was extremely proud of his years in the Navy serving to uphold his nation’s constitution.
Daniel 12:13
But as for you, go on your way until the end. You will rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days."
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Earl O. Jr. and Kathleen Griffis, Robert and Joyce Griffis, and two daughters, Lorraine Rose, Linda Tees and husband Dennis, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents Perry and Jenny Griffis of Morrisville, PA, his son Wesley Griffis and infant sons Wayne and Daniel.
Graveside services will be private for the family at Highland Cemetery Hopewell with the Rev. William O. Kauffman officiating. Memorial Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Grace Church of the Nazarene, 100 Bull Run Road, Ewing, NJ 08628.

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Highland Cemetery Final Resting Place

Greenwood Ave.
Hopewell, NJ 08525

Greenwood Ave. Hopewell 08525 NJ
United States

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