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William Chris "Bill" Griffel
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Birth: Jul. 1, 1926
Squirrel
Fremont County
Idaho, USA
Death: Jan. 23, 2007
Columbus
Stillwater County
Montana, USA

Born in Squirrel, Idaho to William F. and Mary C. Harrigfeld Griffel, William C. Griffel completed his earthly life at his home in Columbus, Montana on Tuesday surround by his family.

Spending his early years on his father's homestead on Fall River, the family moved to a newly acquired farm in Ashton, Idaho in 1936. Bill and his brother Don raised potatoes. Bill also raised champion short horn cattle. This was the beginning of his love for ranching.

Completing his boot camp at Camp Roberts, California, Bill served in the U.S. Army in the Philippine Islands during World War II under General McArthur's leadership.

He married Norma Orgille of Egin Bench. This marriage produced four daughters that survive their father: Gloria (Richard) Howell, Sharon (Ed) Weaver, Christ (John) Bramwell and Debra (Gene) Kennedy. In 1957 the family moved to Columbus. Bill farmed and ranched in the area the rest of his life.

Bill later married Anne Marie Kober (Zeigler) and became the stepfather of four children: Greg, Kevin, Annette and Jay Zeigler. Jonathan William Griffel was born to this union. The Zeigler boys worked with Bill on the ranch and learned a great work ethic.

Bill and his son, Jonathan, ranched together for many years, forming a strong bond. Three unofficial stepdaughters also survive Bill: Debbie Brown, Viki Bauer and Tamera Bauer.

His parents, only brother, Donald Griffel, and stepson Greg Zeigler predeceased Bill. Interment was on the farm on Hensley Creek Road. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Frederick Griffel (1885 - 1958)
  Marie "Mary" Sarah Harrigfeld Griffel (1903 - 1999)
 
Burial:
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Interment on the family farm on Hensley Creek Road, Columbus, Montana.
 
Maintained by: Ryan D. Curtis
Originally Created by: John Warnke
Record added: Feb 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17811758
William Chris Bill Griffel
Added by: John Warnke
 
 
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 Added: Dec. 1, 2011
 
 
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