KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP — Gordon Lee Griffey, age 80, of Conneaut, Ohio, passed away Monday morning, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsville, Ohio, following a three-year illness.
Born Feb. 27, 1933, in Conneaut, he was the son of Osmer L. and Nydia (Strong) Griffey. He was a graduate of Rowe High School and Ohio University, and served with the Ohio National Guard as Sgt. with Co C 137th.
Through his work career, he was employed at The Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Co., Rockwell International, and Webb Manufacturing from which he retired in 1995.
A lifelong baseball enthusiast, Gordon played baseball and basketball at Rowe, pitched for Ohio University, and tried out for a professional baseball team in New York. He later played on Shiley’s baseball team in the Glenwood league, and remained active coaching C.L.Y.O. Little League teams and men’s slo-pitch teams.
Gordon was a member of New Leaf United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. He was active in civic affairs serving as a scout leader when his children were young; was a member of the Conneaut Jaycees; and served on the Conneaut School Board for 13 years. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and gardening. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife to many nations, including a medical mission trip to Zimbabwe.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce M. (Galloway) Griffey, whom he married Sept. 7, 1957; two daughters, Joi (Dwaine) Hemphill of Wooster, Ohio, and Dawn (Pat) Griswold of Conneaut, Ohio; three sons, Brian (Chris) Griffey of West Springfield, Pa., Brent (Beth) Griffey of Independence, Ky., and Todd (Judy) Griffey of Dublin, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Janice (Eugene) Albrycht of Bradenton, Fla.; a brother, Roland “Joe” (Ruth) Griffey of Conneaut, Ohio; and nieces, nephews, and more distant relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carol Wilson.