William "Bill" John Griffin

June 16, 1944April 12, 2019
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William J. Griffin (Bill), 74 of Colorado Springs, died Friday, April 12th at Penrose Main Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Services will be held at 10 am Saturday, April 20th at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs. Bill was born June 16th, 1944 in Des Moines, Iowa to John Thomas (JT) & Marjorie Griffin. He served in the US Air Force from 1962 – 1966 and was deployed to the Philippine Islands during the Vietnam War serving in secure communications. Bill & his father owned Griffin Oil Company, a hardware store, convenience store, and carwash. Bill served many years as a volunteer 4H Leader and firefighter with Hartford Fire; was an active member of the Hartford Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. In 1985, Bill and his family relocated to Colorado where Bill worked at a number of different jobs until he started his true passion, truck driving. In 2008, while driving for Gustave A. Larson, Bill was involved in a serious accident that resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic. Despite this challenge, Bill lived an active, fulfilling life, re-learning how to drive, mentoring others with disabilities at the Independence Center, and assisting with turkey basket distribution at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Bill was truly loved by all that knew him. Bill loved watching baseball, dining out with his wife, and playing rousing games of cribbage with his grandchildren and friend Don. Bill is survived by his wife, Susan, daughter, Jennifer Mariano (Dan), Sons: Chris Roberts (Sophia) and Mike Roberts; 9 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren. Brother, Pat (Deb) Griffin and sisters, Sue (Jerry) Forest and Connie Griffin and many nieces and nephews. His family was his pride and joy and extreme source of pleasure. Burial will take place at Pikes Peak National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Craig Hospital Foundation or Bread of Life Food Pantry at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.


  • Susan Griffin, Wife
  • Jennifer (Dan) Mariano, Daughter
  • Chris (Sophia) Roberts, Son
  • Mike Roberts, Son
  • Pat (Deb) Griffin, Brother
  • Sue (Jerry) Forest, Sister
  • Connie Griffin, Sister
  • Marjorie Wade, Mother
  • John Griffin, Father
  • Kayla Roberts (Skyler) Altonen, Granddaughter
  • Alexander Mariano, Grandson
  • Nicholaus Mariano, Grandson
  • Krista Clorinda Roberts, Granddaughter
  • Hannah Mariano, Granddaughter
  • Aubreana Crawford Roberts, Granddaughter
  • Joseph Mariano, Grandson
  • Anjaleigh Roberts, Granddaughter
  • Arella Roberts, Granddaughter
  • Asher Altonen, Great Grandchild
  • Mila Altonen, Great Grandchild
  • Luciana Roberts, Great Grandchild
  • many nieces and nephews


  • Visitation Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 20, 2019

William "Bill" John Griffin

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Noma Johnson

April 20, 2019

Bill Griffin is the Father of Jennifer Griffin Mariano, my Daughter, Amber Johnson Smith’s Best Friend from High School‼️ Jennifer has always been like a Daughter to me and her Father, Bill Griffin has always been a Sweet, Dear Friend‼️ Bill was such a Positive, Loving person and we loved him more than words could ever say‼️ My love and heartfelt sympathy is with Jennifer and Family and Susan and Bill’s Families and Friends who will miss him dearly‼️ R.I.P. Bill Griffin, we love you and you will be missed‼️

John McDonnell

April 18, 2019

Susan and Family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing Bill when he came in to the club. He was a very special person that loved his family and loved talking about baseball. He had such a positive outlook on life that was very inspiring to witness. I will miss you my friend.

Dean Borkowitz

April 17, 2019

Sue - I would like to extend my condolences to you and your family. I often think of Bill and miss his phone calls to check in after he had breakfast at his favorite truck stop in Cozad, NE. Bill you will be missed, goodbye my friend.
Dean Borkowitz
Gustave A Larson company
Distribution, Fleet & Safety Manager

Marlys Rustman

April 17, 2019

Dear Susan & family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you again. We all prayed so hard after Bill's accident and were so thankful for the additional years that we got to share with Bill. He was an inspiration to many. We are comforted in knowing he is with our Lord now & that we will be reunited when the Lord calls the rest of home too. Hugs to you & prayers for peace & comfort in your many wonderful memories. God Bless you all.

Keith Lis

April 16, 2019

To see the love Pat has for his brother, I know he was a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.
God bless this family. Pat is very important to my life.

Sherri Selin

April 16, 2019

We shared one of the most important part of our lives, that was the raising of family. Birthday parties, camping trips, cookouts, church activities and game nights. "Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere is where one finds yourself."

Art Heagney

April 15, 2019

To everyone. May your pleasant memories of Bill's life ease your sorrow and - in time - give you continuing comfort and serenity.

Sandra Edmonds

April 15, 2019

Bill always had a smile for everyone no matter what kind of day he was having. He loved life,and it showed-he was a fighter and never gave up. Bill loved his family so much. Bill will be greatly missed. I enjoyed our visits and him allowing me to cut his hair. May you Rest In Peace now Bill-God Be With You. Love Sandy

Bill Campbell

April 15, 2019

The family has our sympathy I knew him all his life when we lived in Hartford , Iowa. Lots of good times.