The Obit For Jake Griggs

John D. "Jake" Griggs
February 8, 2011

John D. “Jake” Griggs, 87, died at 5:20 a.m. Feb. 7, 2011, at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.

He was born April 3, 1923, in Lima to John and Vergil Leah Wilson Griggs, who preceded him in death. On May 25, 1946, he married JoAnne Dilbone, who survives.

Mr. Griggs was co-owner of Griggs Garage, Mendon, and had worked at Chapman's Body Shop, Celina, and sold real estate in Florida. He was a member of Mendon First Church of God. He was a 1941 graduate of Mendon-Union High School. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in Guam and was a member of the Admiral Nimitz Honor Guard. He played minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. He served on the Mendon town council for several years. He was a member of Lodge 377 Free & Accepted Masons, Rockford, and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772, Spencerville.

Survivors also include two sisters, Elaine (Peter Wayne) Fox, of Arcanum, and Janell (Bob) Torrey, of Lake Placid, Fla.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Don Griggs; and two sisters, Evelyn Fent and infant Pauline Griggs.

Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home, Mendon. The Rev. Dean Bruce will officiate. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery, with military rites by VFW Post 6772.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Society of Northwest Ohio or Mendon First Church of God.