William "Willie" Griffin

11 October, 195513 June, 2021
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Willie Griffin, 65, of Columbia, MO passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Saturday, June 19, 2021 followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, both at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia. Burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Willie was born October 11, 1955, in Columbia, the only child of James (Junior) E., Jr. and Lois (Puddin) Weable Griffin. He was a Hickman High School Alum. In his younger years he worked at the Stein Club as a bartender, before beginning a long career in Construction. On April 22, 1982 he married Friedericke (Freddie) Konold Griffin and started his family while living in Texas. They returned to Columbia to be near family in 1986.

He loved to work and took great pride in his craft as a builder and wood-worker. He was an excellent cook and skilled at BBQ and smoking meats. He enjoyed family gatherings with his extended family while playing cards, eating tasty food and having a good time. He adored his time with his “Little Buddy”, Forrest.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Matt) Kohler of Maryland Heights, MO and their son, Forrest; his mother, Lois (Puddin) Griffin, and a loving extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Freddie in 2007 and by his father Junior in 1991.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to


  • Visitation

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Shirley & Al Vosper

15 June 2021

We all are so sorry for your loss. Our family’s loss of a kind and generous person.
I remember when “ Billy” was a baby and I used to carry him around. He was so cute and I loved it. We will miss you Billy Boy.
Sissy ❤️

Eric Westhues

14 June 2021

The only times I didn’t want to see Willie were when he was about to remind me that the reason it didn’t go as planned is because I didn’t do it the way he told me too.

Fortunately for me, I learned a lot from those lessons.

Tremendously skilled with his lifetime of work, family and friends.

With all my love, forever your friend.