He was born June 8, 1945 in Willard the son of the late James F. Griffin, Sr. and Juanita (Nottke) Griffin.
A true patriot, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War. He participated in military funerals, often times playing taps. He also was part of the honor guard at parades and football games as long as he was able.
Jim was a member of the Elton E. Mackin Detachment Marine Corps League in Norwalk, a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1238 and a member of American Legion Post 46 and Eagles Aerie 490.
His greatest love was his family. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's activities and was chaperone many times on field trips for School of Hope and Flat Rock.
He co-owned and operated Griff’s Outdoor Power Center in Bellevue and loved anything with a motor, especially drag racing and tractor pulls. He was the area coordinator for the local Toys 4 Tots campaign for many years.
Jim was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Bellevue, where he helped with mowing the lawn and doing what he could for the day care.
Jim is survived by his wife, Diana (Strecker), whom he married June 25, 1966 at St. Paul’s Church in Bellevue and again 50 years later when they renewed their vows on June 26, 2016. They have two children, Mike (Heidi) Griffin of Clyde and Kelly (Dave Gulick) Mougey of Bellevue; five grandchildren, Kaylea, Drake, and Gabby Griffin, Emily Mougey and Chase Gulick; a brother, Thomas D. (Patty) Griffin of Bellevue; and his mother, Juanita Griffin.
He is preceded in death by his father and sister, Cathy Griffin-Kamm.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Foos & Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s U.C.C., 428 Kilbourne St., Bellevue, with military honors to follow.
Memorials can be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; Toys 4 Tots, 11911 Thomas Road, Monroeville, Ohio 44847;
Memories and condolences may be shared atwww.foosfuneral.com.