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William (Bill, “Sweet William”) Richard Griffis

September 5, 1922 - June 13, 2020

William (Bill, “Sweet William”) Richard Griffis, 97, of Cape Coral, Florida, passed away on June 13th, 2020.

Bill was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 5, 1922.  He served in the US Army in the Pacific Theater in WWII and retired as a Lt. Col.  He graduated from Cornell University with a Master’s Degree in Food Science.

He and wife of 70 years (Joan A. Feistel) had four children (Donna Anderson, William R. Griffis, Jr. (Rick), Debra Godwin and Linda Wadsworth).  He had 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.  His hobby was playing the organ.

Bill owned and operated the Dipper Dan Ice Cream Shoppe in Danville, Illinois and was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis, Elks and musical groups


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5 Responses

  1. Laurie. Newkirk says:

    Sweet William was the best hugger.
    Love you like family. Knowing
    Your with the Lord gives me peace.
    Cherish all the wonderful memories.
    My deepest sympathy to all.

  2. sympathy. Newkirk says:

    Sweet William was the best hugger.
    Love you like family. Knowing
    Your with the Lord gives me peace.
    Cherish all the wonderful memories.
    My deepest sympathy to all.

  3. Donna Anderson says:

    He was the greatest Father in the world! He will be truly missed!

  4. Larry Guffey says:

    I was so sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a good man. My deepest condolences to his family. Wish I could be there for you!

  5. Michelle Griffis says:

    I’ve never known a finer man than my father-in-law and I am so grateful to him and Mom for raising the sweetest son! I can’t thank you both enough! Please know that, even though I am not able to be with the family in person this Saturday, my whole heart will be with all of you.

    i’ve always thought of Dad as Mr. Fixit because he was always so willing to try to fix anything. One of my earliest memories of this was when Rick & I lived in California and Mom, Dad and Granma Feistel came for a visit. They had only been there a short time before Dad had our stereo receiver torn apart and fixing it!

    Can’t wait to see you in heaven Dad, playing a heavenly organ! Wow!

    I Love You So Much!
    Michelle

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