In memory of

Neil Griffin

March 18, 1927 - November 27, 2018
From: Odebolt, IA
Neil Griffin

Neil Griffin

Born: March 18, 1927
Died: November 27, 2018
Age: 91
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   Neil Griffin, age 91, of Odebolt, IA, passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.  Neil was born on March 18, 1927, in Doon, IA, to Ralph and Marion (McKerral) Griffin.  He moved with his family to Odebolt where he attended school and graduated from Odebolt High School. 

   Immediately after graduation, on May 16, 1945, Neil was inducted into the United States Merchant Marine, serving his country at the end of World War II. He was honorably discharged on April 30, 1947.  He met Ulla Liisa Valtari, and they were united in marriage on July 31, 1949 in Kotka, Finland.  This union was blessed with two children: Dan and Lisa.  They made their home in Odebolt where Neil spent the rest of his adult life managing and owning Odebolt State Bank.  He enjoyed watching his children grow and had a love for animals, especially his two cats and dog.

   Survivors left to cherish Neil’s memory include his son Dan Griffin and wife Barb of Elizabeth, CO; daughter Lisa Clark and husband Paul of Story City IA; grandchildren: Brian Clark, Ann Clark, Meghan Griffin Espinoza and Nicki Griffin; great grandchildren: Elena and Elita Espinoza; and by long-time friend Lucille Fiebelkorn of Odebolt, IA.

   Neil was preceded in death by his wife Ulla Valtari Griffin, parents Ralph and Marion Griffin and brothers Sydney and Gordon Griffin.


1:30 p.m., Tuesday
December 4, 2018
United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa

Pastor Ken Miller
Rick Phillips
Todd Gunderson
James Fiebelkorn
Brian Clark
Dennis Fiebelkorn
Nicki Griffin
12:00 p.m., Tuesday
December 4, 2018
United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa
Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:16 PM
“Dan and Lisa, I'm sorry to read of the passing of your father. I especially remember his boxer, Sport, who ruled the neighborhood. There are fond memories of your family.”
- Cheryl Sellstrom Moe
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 8:30 AM
“My sympathies. Neil was such an interesting man with a gentle spirit. God grant him rest where the light of His face shines upon him.”
- John Kolbo
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 2:37 PM
“My deepest sympathy for your loss. What seems to be a long life is never long enough where our loved ones are concerned. Our Heavenly Father Jehovah feels the same way. That is why He has promised to swallow up death forever and soon end all our suffering. (Rev. 21:3-5; Isa. 25:8) May His promises be a soothing balm for your grieving hearts.”
- James
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