OBITUARY

John K. Griffin

January 17, 1941March 31, 2021
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John K. Griffin, 80, of Indianapolis passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 31, 2021. John was born in Indianapolis the son of the late John P. and Helen (King) Griffin. He was a graduate of Scecina Memorial High School Class of 1959, and a US Air Force Veteran. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1966, ITT in 1968 with an Electronic Technician Degree. He worked for Bio-Dynamics as a supervisor in Electronic Instrument Quality Control. He then worked as a Clinical Engineer for Community Hospital until his retirement in 2003. He was a 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus, a member of the Holy Spirit Parish, and a longtime resident of the East Side Catholic Community. He enjoyed life and had a talent for making people smile. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Jean Ann (Jones) Griffin, his sister, Mary Regina Griffin.

He is survived by his children; Theresa Jasper (Steve), Patrick Griffin (Kris), Amy Giesler (Bart) and Jennifer Martinelle (Nick); his much loved grandchildren, Michele (Charlie), Spencer, Henry, Charlie, Ryan, Isabelle, and Sydney.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary, 1307 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 7243 E. 10th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites.

Memorial contributions may be made to Noble Industries, 7701 E. 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219. www.nobleofindiana.org

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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Lois Turner

April 8, 2021

John's supportive friendship with my father for almost 75 years has left a powerfully positive impact on our family as well.

His quality character, faith and humor is the model I use to encourage my children to seek out in their life-long friends.

Peace and Love,
Lois Turner and family

Raymond Turner

April 7, 2021

Just saw my emails, and I am sorry to hear of John Griffin passing away.

Perhaps, a divine decision was made for a dutiful captain of traffic patrol up above.

God Bless John and his extended Family.

Raymond Turner

Dick Turner

April 6, 2021


I have known and loved John, his sister, Jeannie, his mother, Mrs. Griffin (Helen), and Mrs. Griffin’s sister, Aunt Marie, since the early 50’s.

Many evenings, John and I played basketball in the alley behind his house — until the neighbor would rudely inform us it was time to quit. The neighbor claimed the bouncing ball kept him awake!

We also played football for St. Phillips. Both John and I were running backs. We were not potential NFL candidates, but, some how, St. Phillips’ were “runner-up” city champions!

In 8th grade, John was appointed the Captain of the Traffic Patrol. All patrol boys wore badges on their patrol shoulder-strap, but John’s badge was distinctive, as it had a dark blue insert with the embossed word “Captain.” John, in-turn, appointed me with an embossed red badge “Lieutenant.” I was very proud to wear that red badge and my chest always bulged with pride!
One of our ceremonial responsibilities was raising the flag every morning and reverently lowering and folding it every evening.

John’s reverence and patriotism continued, and was exemplified by his joining the US Air Force. Not sure what his duties were, but when he was stationed in Alaska, he was cognizant of the U2 reconnaissance missions. (I was always amazed by that fact.)

When John returned to civilian life, he rewarded himself with a
fire-engine red Ford convertible. It was a “chick-magnet! How do I know this? The proof is — it “snagged” Jean Ann Jones!

 Cecelia and I are Blessed, that we had an opportunity to “break-bread” and share good times in his twilight. 
   God Bless John and Jeannie.

Dick Turner

Tim Jones

April 5, 2021

The Stick on the wall in the kitchen on Riley 😃❤️ I knew to mind my manners Appalachia and Irish Great roots🌹

Richard Redell

April 3, 2021

Bathing 🛁 in a tub of hot tar during the summer ☀️ months 😂 🤣

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