|Birth: ||May 19, 1921|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 2011|
Find A Grave Correction: John GriffithSaturday, April 7, 2012 10:45 AM - contributor: Jon Griffith
My father was born and raised in Homewood Ill. but not buried there. He was buried next to my mother's grave at Fairmount Cemetery, 430 S. Quebec Street, Denver, Colorado on March 31, 2012.
Griffith, John Hardy
1921 ~ 2011
Aerospace pioneer, decorated World War II veteran, and beloved husband and father died October 21, 2011 in Grass Valley, California after a short illness. A family remembrance service was held in Penn Valley, California. He is survived by his wife of 8 years, Shirley Patterson Griffith, Penn Valley, California; four children: Lynn E. Manthei, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Roberta E. Fisher, Arlington Heights, Illinois; Richard C. Griffith, Vancouver, Washington; and Jon B. Griffith, Mountain View, California; his brother George F. Griffith, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; and 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and numerous beloved cousins, nephews, nieces, and step-children.
Born to Melvin L. and Mabel Hoffmeister Griffith, May 19, 1921, in Homewood, Illinois, he attended Thornton Community College before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in November 1941. He became a highly decorated World War II fighter pilot and later became a test pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, piloting the Bell X-I. He was honored at the Lancaster, California, Aerospace Walk of Honor in 2006.
He married Cleo Blakely in the Panama Canal Zone in 1945 and moved to W. Lafayette, Indiana, where he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering at Purdue University. He was a chief test pilot for a number of companies and became a flight instructor for United Air Lines in Denver, Colorado, in 1966. He lived in Denver until 1974 and returned for a few years in the early 1980's.
A Memorial Service will be held at Fairmount Cemetery Chapel, 430 S. Quebec, Denver, at 10:30 a.m. on March 31st, with a military honor guard to the burial site following the service. Memorial gifts may be made to Purdue Foundation, 403 W. Wood St., West Lafayette, IN 47907 "in memory of John H. Griffith."
Published in Denver Post on March 25, 2012
John Hardy Griffith died Oct. 21, 2011, after a short illness. He was 90.
A family remembrance service was held. He will be interred in Denver, Colo.
John was born to Melvin and Mabel Griffith May 19, 1921, in Home-wood, Ill., where he grew up.
He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in November 1941 and became a highly decorated World War II fighter pilot. He also became a test pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, continuing to be one of the pilots of the Bell X-1. He was honored at the Lancaster, Calif., Aerospace Walk of Honor in 2006.
Following the war, he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering at Purdue University .
He leaves his wife, Shirley Patterson Griffith, Penn Valley; children, Lynn Manthei, Roberta E. Fisher, Richard C. Griffith and Jon Blakely Griffith; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, George Fenton Griffith; three stepchildren and their families; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial gifts may be made to Purdue Foundation, 403 W. Wood St., West Lafayette, IN 47907; in the memo line, write "In memory of John H. Griffith."
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Oct 26, 2011
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