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  • Larry Griffin

  • Larry Griffin
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  • Larry Griffin
    Larry G. Griffin, the son of Leroy and Louise Griffin, was born on July 4, 1944, in a house in Clebit, Oklahoma. Larry lived a life dedicated to Jesus Christ and passed on to Glory on 30 October 2013 at his home in Ridgecrest, CA.
    Larry came to Ridgecrest in 1946, when his dad Leroy, took a position building the Naval Warfare Center. He graduated in 1962 from Burroughs High School and remained in Ridgecrest. After graduation he worked at the Base Service Station and Aerosmith Technologies before being drafted into the Army during the Vietnam Era. Larry served four years at Madigan General Hospital in Tacoma, WA as a Medical Clerk due to his mother Louise’s prayers for him to remain in the States and God once again kept Larry safe. After leaving the Army, Larry returned to Ridgecrest and took a Civil Service position on Base working himself up to Ascania Camera Repairman/Electrical Engineer Technician. Larry retired in 1996 after thirty years at China Lake. After retiring Larry worked on building he and Shyrrell’s dream home, which took him three years but was well worth it.
    Larry met Shyrrell in Church and they were married after six months and three dates in 1972. He is the father of Erick Griffin of San Diego, CA and Sarah Griffin Schafer (husband- Bill) of Vancouver, WA. He is the grandfather of Nehemiah, Hannah and Rachel Schafer. Erick and Sarah often referred to their dad as “Mr. Fixit” because he could find a broken toy and rescue it by fiXing it and making it useable again. Larry also learned how to cook when Shyrrell was on travel and many of the meals were called “surprises” as you had to guess what was in his latest culinary concoction. Larry always supported his children with sport and school events and taught them how to ride a bike, shoot, camp, and fish. He was a dedicated family man.
    Larry was an exceptionally strong Christian who showed Christ’s love and ethics in everything he did. He served on the Church Board, acted as the Church Clerk, was there on Clean up Day and went on a Mission Building trips both local and abroad. A particular trip to Montana disappointed Larry in only one way- the Native Americans actually had Pickup Trucks and did not ride horses. His greatest adventure was helping with the Griffin Group Singers. He loved to go into a Church where his brother Jerry would preach, his brother Charles would sing while Larry and his mother, Louise, his sister, Joyce and his wife, Shyrrell sang back up while sister-in-laws Shirley and Donna played the piano and took up offerings. Even though events did not allow the group to stay together it has been the topic of conversation at many family events. He enjoyed sharing his love of Jesus Christ and watching the enjoyment of music bring many Churches to their feet.
    Page 2 of 2 - Larry is survived by his wife, Shyrrell, his son, Erick, his daughter, Sarah and her husband, Bill Schafer, his grandson, Nehemiah, his granddaughters Hannah and Rachel, sister Joyce Cole of Reno, NV and brother Charles and sister-in-law Donna of Ridgecrest, CA and numerous nephews and nieces.
    Larry’s goal in life was to help people stay healthy and make sure everyone knows about Jesus and his sacrifice on the Cross for All’s People’s Redemption. One of his sayings, “He is Coming Soon- all the signs are pointing to His soon appearing. You need to make sure that you are ready.”
    Services for Larry will be held on November 11, 2013 at l p.m. at Salvation Army Chapel.
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