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Posted: Tuesday, October 3, 2006 12:00 am

PIERCE - Services for Charles L. Griffith, 65, Pierce, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the United Church of Christ here with burial in Prospect View Cemetery and military rites by Tomek-Otto Post 72, American Legion. Visitation will be 3-8 pm. Wednesday at Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Pierce.

He died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at Pierce Manor.


Mr. Griffith was born July 22, 1941, in Ross, Calif., to Charles I. and Inez (Day) Griffith.

He graduated from South Omaha High School in 1959. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965 in Wichita, Kan., at McConnell Air Force Base. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, at Kadena Air Force Base.

He was married to Cheryl Lighthill in 1965. They later divorced. He married Christine Ross on Nov. 4, 1978, in Omaha.

He was employed as a Nebraska state patrolman from 1968 to 1974, stationed in Lincoln. He served as chief of police in Pierce from 1981 to 1991. He owned and operated Grico Speedometer from 1987 to 2004. He later worked as a janitor and maintenance man at Pierce County Courthouse, Faith Regional Health Services, at Great Dane Trailer in Wayne and Tyson Foods for nine years.

He was a member of United Church of Christ, the American Legion and served on the Pierce Rescue Squad for 13 years.

Survivors include his wife, Christine of Pierce; three sons, Michael Griffith of North Richland, Texas, Willis Griffith of Columbus, Miss., and with the U.S. Air Force, and Michael and Lisa Ross of Florence, S.C.; a daughter, Melissa and Victor Lopez of San Antonio, Texas, with the U.S. Air Force; four grandchildren; his mother, Inez Griffith of Norfolk.; and three sisters, Karen and Jim Stewart of Cape Fair, Mo., Sandy Jones of Valley, and Mary Anne and Alan Harwick of Massillon, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles I., in 2002.

The Rev. Terry Buol will officiate.

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