Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Edgar Robert Griffin

Edgar Robert Griffin, age 71, of Tiro, died Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at his home.

Edgar was born February 9, 1937 in Denver, Colorado the son of the late Edgar M. and Marijane (Gibson) Griffin. He served proudly for 21 years in the United State Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. After his retirement from the Marines, he worked at Mansfield Lahm Airport in Mansfield and then worked for the Department of Defense in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey for 22 years. He worked at H&R Block in Mansfield for several years after returning to this area.

Ed was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Shelby VFW George Broderick Post 291, where he had served three terms as Commander and was District 10 Vice-Commander. He was also a member of the Shelby Owls, Shelby American Legion O’Brien Post 326, Shelby Eagles, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, and was a volunteer fireman for the Tiro-Auburn Fire Department.

Ed is survived by his wife, Betty (Shultz) Caw Griffin, whom he wed on July 4, 1973; His children: Deborah and Jeff Mitchell of Westerville, OH, Rose and Doug Elson of Norwich, OH, Patricia and Rob Kendall of Reynalds, NE, Burnita Atwell of Lewis Center, OH, Pamela Griffin of Fairbury, NE, Patricia and Schon Hughes of Ashley, OH, Diana Tracy of Fairbury, NE, Theresa and Jon Farnsworth of Iowa Park, TX, Edgar William Griffin of Freemont, NE, and Penny Jones of Tiro, OH; 22 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, H. John and Betty Griffin of Meridian, MS, Tom and Carola Griffin of Las Cruces, NM, David and Rita Griffin of Woodbridge, VA; 2 sisters, Marie Worley of Arvada, CO, Loretta and Lundy Gammon of Morrison, CO; nieces and nephews; He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Richard E. Caw.

Friends may call on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby from 6-8 PM and on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Most Pure Heart Of Mary Catholic Church on Friday, September 19, 2008 at 10:30 AM with Father Nick Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in Tiro Oakland Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail and the U.S. Marine Corps. Memorial expressions may be made to the Tiro-Auburn Fire Department. The family would appreciate on-line condolences at

Memories & Condolence

  1. Guest says:

    Family_of: Edgar Griffin
    Your_Name: Karen Barnett LPN – Crestwood

    Date: 08-09-16


    Betty and Family:
    My deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. May God bring you comfort. You are in my prayers.
    Family_of: Edgar Griffin
    Your_Name: Kimberly Campion

    Date: 08-09-16


    ~~~My Grandpa~~~
    Always on my mind,
    Forever in my heart!!!
    With Love and Tears,
    Kimberly & John Campion
    Family_of: Edgar R. Griffin
    Your_Name: Tom and Carola Griffin

    Date: 08-09-16



    The Marine stood and faced God
    Which must always come to pass
    He hoped his shoes were shining
    Just as brightly as his brass.
    “Step forward now, you Marine,
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other cheek?
    To My Church have you been true?”
    The Marine squared his shoulders and
    said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t
    Because those of us who carry guns
    Can’t always be a saint.
    I’ve had to work most Sundays
    And at times my talk was tough,
    And sometimes I’ve been violent,
    Because the world is awfully rough.
    But, I never took a penny
    That wasn’t mine to keep…
    Though I worked a lot of overtime
    When the bills got just too steep,
    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though at times I shook with fear,
    And sometimes, God forgive me,
    I’ve wept unmanly tears.
    I know I don’t deserve a place
    Among the people here,
    They never wanted me around
    Except to calm their fears.
    If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
    It needn’t be so grand,
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”
    There was a silence all around the throne
    Where the saints had often trod
    As the Marine waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God,
    “Step forward now, you Marine,
    You’ve borne your burdens well,
    Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
    You’ve done your time in Hell.”

    Semper Fi,brother!

    Family_of: Edgar Griffin
    Your_Name: Cristina Dibert
    Date: 08-09-17
    Time: 09:38:51 -0400


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult ti

    Family_of: Edgar Robert Griffin
    Your_Name: Craig Michael Worley
    Date: 08-09-17
    Time: 14:10:30 -0400


    Uncle Bob’s contributions to this world have been with completed with dignity, honor, and respect. I have always felt honored and privledged to be able to enjoy his company over the years when he visited Denver. My deepest condolences to everyone in my family.

    Family_of: Ed Griffin
    Your_Name: Sheila Heiberger
    Date: 08-09-17
    Time: 20:58:12 -0400


    A long time family friend has been taken up to heaven to be with God and to sit up and watch down on each and everyone of us. This is a difficult time for everyone but we have to tell ourselves that even though Ed will be missed very much he is no longer suffering and he is at Peace…Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Family along with lots of love!!!!

    The Heiberger’s
    (Todd Sheila Nathan & Emily)

    Family_of: Ed Griffith
    Your_Name: glen hess
    Date: 08-09-17
    Time: 16:02:32 -0400


    We(Post 2920)(Crestline) are sorry to learn of Ed’s dying.
    Our prayers&thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow.

    Family_of: Edgar Robert Griffin
    Your_Name: Carol Weaver

    Date: 08-09-18


    Ed was a special person and I was privileged to be able to know him through our friend Kim Opperman. He and you are in my prayers.

    Family_of: Mr Edgar Griffin
    Your_Name: Kathy, Kendall and Kristal Patterson
    Date: 08-09-19
    Time: 01:43:10 -0400


    Tess, Jon and Children and to the rest of the family: You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Just remember he is in a far better place than we are.

    Tess, If there is ANY thing I can do, Just call. I am here if only for a shoulder to cry on, I will listen. Be safe coming home.

    Love Ya,


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