January 26, 1924 ~ January 22, 2004
James E. Griffin, 79, of Pueblo West, passed away Jan. 20, 2004. Survived by his wife, Delores Griffin; children, Gwen (Steve) Mathews of Weatherford, Tex. and Les Griffin of Rusk, Tex.; stepdaughters, Helen Wilson of Wichita, Kan. and Judy Cook of Shelbyville, Kentucky; sisters, Betty (George) Burley of Stillwater, Okla. and Barbara (Leo) Diel of Tulsa, Okla.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Irene Stalcup; father, Charles Olen Griffin; sister, Margaret Louise; and brother, Gerald Allan. James was born January 26, 1924, in Tulsa, Okla. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 and served in the Naval Aviation until 1946 and was discharged as a Chief Petty Officer. James was a retired Federal Civil Service employee and worked at Pueblo Army Depot for a number of years before transferring to Marine Corps Logistics Base at Barstow, Calif., retiring in 1984 and returning to Pueblo West to live. Member of Majestic Baptist Church, VFW Post 3641, Silver State Masonic Lodge No. 95, AF&AM, Fidelity Chapter 144 O.E.S. and Laurel Court No. 16, Order of Amaranth. James enjoyed fishing, hunting, tying flies and working on his family genealogy. Funeral service, 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at Majestic Baptist Church, Purcell and Hemlock, in Pueblo West, with Pastor Scott Bailey officiating. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team. Interment, Monday at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, in Denver. Those who desire may make memorials to Gene Widener Memorial Fund at Majestic Baptist Church.