Funeral services for Thomas Griffin, 55, of Hartley, formerly of Everly, will be held Thursday, June 4, 2009, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Scott Meier will officiate the 10:30 a.m. service. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.
Mr. Thomas Griffin passed away Sunday, May 31, 2009, at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Visitation will begin after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 6-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home in Spencer.
Thomas J. Griffin, the son of Thomas W. and Arlene (VandeMark) Griffin, was born May 5, 1954 in Spencer. His childhood years were spent in rural Everly, where he received his education, graduating from Everly High School in 1972. Following his schooling, he married Linda Anderson and to this union, two children were born, Thomas, Jr. and Nicole.
Tom worked for Graham Tire for 17 years, and had worked his way up to service manager at the time of his retirement as a result of debilitating injuries received in a motorcycle accident. He also drove truck for Kardell and Co. and Getting Trucking before his accident. After his accident, he was confined to several nursing homes, most recently Hartley Community Health Center, where he had resided for the last 14 years. He was a lifetime member of the Abate District 8 Motorcycle Association.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Tom is survived by his son, Thomas Jr. and his wife, Tangy of Spencer; his daughter, Nicole Johnson and her husband, Bryan of Milaca, Minn.; his parents, Thomas and Arlene of Everly; three grandchildren; a sister, Vicky Griffin of rural Spencer; and a brother, Terry Griffin and his wife, Brenda of Spencer
Warner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.