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Charles H. Griffin

July 21, 2016

Wichita—Charles H. Griffin, 97, Wichita, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the Robert Dole Veterans Administration Hospital Hospice.

He was born April 6, 1919 at Boston, MA, the son of Charles D. and Gertrude A. McGrath Griffin.  Charles grew up in Hampton, MA., and graduated from high school there.  He served in the United States Army during WWII.

Charles worked for NASA for many years, and knew many of the Apollo astronauts.  He moved to Wichita in 1978.

He was united in marriage to Nora Ann Hubbard at Newport News, VA.  She preceded him in death on July 19, 1995.  He was also preceded in death by his daughter Sydney Minter.

Survivors include four sons, Carl H. Griffin, Topeka, Steven Griffin, Havensville, Douglas Griffin, Topeka and Brian Griffin, Wichita; fourteen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Military graveside services will be at St. Clere Cemetery, north of Emmett on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.  Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Griffin’s name and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 665366

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Charles H. Griffin

  1. My condolences for your loss. These lyrics have given many a measure of comfort in their grief. I hope knowing that we have the hope of seeing our loved ones we have lost in death will give the family comfort as well. “Life, like a mist, appears for just a day, then disappears tomorrow. All that we are can quickly fade away, replaced with tears and sorrow. If a man should die, can he live again? Hear the promise God has made: He will call; the dead will answer. They shall live at his command. For he will have a longing for the work of his own hand. So have faith, and do not wonder, for our God can make us stand. And we shall live forever, as the work of his own hand.” (Job 14:13-15; John 5:28,29)
    Sing To Jehovah, song #111.

  2. I was a neighbor of Charlie and Nora.
    I saw them when they walked the dogs.
    I enjoyed our conversations.
    Heard stories about NASA and
    Charlie’s experiences in Aerospace.
    Nora spoke about the beauty of Virginia.
    .
    Charlie was a kind man.
    My condolences to the family.
    Very sorry for your loss.

    Pete Murphy

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