Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

William K. “Bill” Griffitts

William K. Griffitts, age 89, of Shelby, OH passed into his heavenly home on Sunday, March 6, 2022, just eight days before his 90th birthday, at Avita Ontario Hospital. His last hour was spent surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born March 14, 1932 in Richlands, Virginia to the late Glenn and Roxie (Ray) Griffitts. He served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan. When he returned home, he went to Cleveland to find work, and there he met the love of his life, Doris. They married June 28, 1958 and have spent 63 precious years together. Doris has never left his side and has been his caregiver for the past eight years.

He has been a resident of Shelby for over 50 years. Bill retired from AK Steel in 1995 and was never late to work. He was obsessed with being on time for everything and always arriving early.

Bill attended Community Bible Church in Mansfield for the past 40 years until his health declined. He loved the Lord and he is now at rest in his eternal home. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed mowing and working in his garden and loved spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed until they join him.

Bill is survived by his loving wife: Doris (Blevins) Griffitts; his two daughters: Pam Hamman and Patti (Chris) White all of Shelby; his grandchildren: Jessica (Matthew Allen) Hamman of Ashland, KY and Ben (Danielle) Hamman of Ashland, OH; his great grandchildren: Alaina, Noah, Everly, and Owen Hamman of Ashland, OH; his brother: Wayne Griffitts of Bear, DE; and numerous other relatives. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Fern Tinsley, and his son-in-law, Tom Hamman.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 2-4 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held Monday, March 14, 2022 at 11 am. Pastor Russ Smith of Wesley Evangelical Church in Shiloh will officiate the services and burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Joan & Frank Patrick says:

    Pam and family, my ❤️ is with you at this time. This is not a easy road to go down. My prayers for comfort and healing and strength for the days ahead for each of you. Praise the Lord he no longer is in pain. He is resting in the arms of his Savior! My prayers are lifted up for you. Hugs

  2. Julie A Wells says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  3. jone zimmerman says:

    So sorry to hear this Patti. My thoughts are with you. Jone

  4. Mary Anne McLaughlin says:

    Doris, so sorry for your loss. I’ve missed seeing you in church. God bless.

  5. Adriana Jane Beeching R.N. says:

    Doris, I’m so sorry to read of your loss. I enjoyed seeing both of you at the “fitness center” and getting to know you special people. May you find comfort from Our Lord in this time of grief . Jane Beeching

  6. Sharon Williston-Benadum says:

    Our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace are with you and your family.
    James and Sharon

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