Robert Lee Griffin Sr.

January 28, 1944September 7, 2021

Robert Lee Griffin Sr., age 77, of Dewitt, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Robert was born January 28, 1944 in Midland, Michigan to Howard and Margaret (Matthews) Griffin.

He is proceeded in death by his parents and brother James.

Robert grew up in the Midland area with his family. His mom and dad; brothers, James, Steve; and sister, Judith. Robert graduated in 1962 from Midland High School.

After graduation Robert joined the United States Air Force to become a staff sergeant. He served 11 months and 27 days in Bangkok, Thailand.

Robert met his wife Janet (Shultz). The two have been married for 53 years this December. Robert and Janet raised their family in the DeWitt area.

Robert worked hard for his family. He started at GM Oldsmobile Division for 20 years and then finished his working career with MSU as a computer programmer for 21 years.

When Robert was not working he would be spending time outside. He was an outdoorsman who loved to camp at the family site at Hill and Hollow Campground, Pentwater, MI. Robert's love for the outdoors including hunting and fishing.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Janet; son Robert Griffin, Jr. (Jennifer); daughter, Michelle (Dan) Drolett; grandchildren, Hannah ( Milan Babic) Morse, Sarah (Michael) Elliot, Noah (Macey) Morse, Hannah (Morgan Ray) Barnard, Austin Drolett, and Griffin Drolett; great-grandchildren, Odin Babic and 1 due in October; brother Steve (Mary Joe) Griffin; sister, Judith Griffin; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Robert will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Per Robert's wishes a cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Bill Houghton

September 22, 2021

I met Bob in 1983 while he was helping our company set up a new computer system. We spent many late nights tweaking and re-tweaking the system. Bob was always upbeat and very tolerant of our changing ways. I know from many conversations how devoted he was to his entire family. He could never say enough good things about them, especially his wife Jan. Like everyone else who knew Bod , he will be greatly missed but not never forgotten.

Howard Dilsworth

September 19, 2021

I am so sorry to read of Bobs passing. Although I had not seen him in some time, I still considered him a true friend. He did so many things for me that I will never forget.
Howard Dilsworth

James Kane

September 19, 2021

I was sadden to read of Bob's passing, I first met Bob on the M.S.U. campus during one of his many walks. I would chat a bit with him and liked his view of life. Turns out through our talks ; I had found out that he had worked at Oldsmobile, during the 60's and 70's . I also found out that he had worked with my father in data processing,
and was a member of the "Oldsmobile Retires Club" which brought a smile to his face and many great a great story of the people he worked with through out the years.
Bob will be missed by many, but not forgotten.
James Kane

Mark McCloy

September 18, 2021

I met “Griff” when I interned at Oldsmobile while in college and when I was hired upon graduation. Bob helped me learn how things worked in the real world. He was very generous with his time, knowledge, and good humor. I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was truly a fine man who served his country, family, and co-workers.

Dennis Shippy

September 18, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I had a brief opportunity to work with him at Oldsmobile in Data Processing and remember a man with a gruff exterior that hid a heart of gold and a brilliant mind. He had a thankless job as a systems programmer, keeping everything running in the background even though it meant a lot of nights and weekends away from you.

He earned the respect of many people. He will be missed. Thanks for sharing him with us. May God be with you all.

Rosemary Sirrine Sadek

September 15, 2021

My Sirrine family is so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was very close to our brother, Lee, who passed last March. I remember Bob's big smile and robust laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love.

Kelli Hart

September 15, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I worked with Bob in the MSU Administrative Information Services department for many years. He always had a word to say, even if it was just "How is Kelli today?" Being the person who took a lot of pictures in our department I can tell you that Bob did not like his picture taken, which is why I am sharing this picture. We had a great laugh over that moment. Rest in peace Bob. You've done great work on this earth. Prayers of comfort to the family.

Kathy Paradise

September 14, 2021

My sincere condolences on the passing of Bob, who I will always fondly remember as Griff. I worked with Griff at MSU / AIS for several years and we would have some lively conversations about "the politics and procedures" of AIS and MSU. Prayers to the family.

Kathy Paradise

Denise Almas

September 14, 2021

Dear Jan and family,

I am saddened to read of Bob's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know he had suffered alot the last few years and Jan, your love, devotion and care for him is totally admired. He had the most beautiful smile and was always so kind. May he rest in peace and comfort. My love to Jan.

Don Sokoloski

September 14, 2021

I worked with Grff for many years at Oldsmobile before EDS came along and he left for MSU to finish out his career. I too was in the
US Air Force as a staff sergeant, before working at Oldsmobile. We
continued to keep in touch over the years thru monthly lunches
at Tony M's and I even visited Jan & Griff at their campsite in
Pentwater, a couple of times. My condolences to Jan & the rest
of the family.
He will be greatly missed.