Roland “Bud’’ Glen Griffis, 88, of Columbia, formerly of Lebanon, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 30, 2019, in the Bluffs Nursing Home in Columbia.
He was born July 16, 1931, in Cozad, Neb. to Myrton and Ervedena Fletcher Griffis.
On Oct. 3, 1957, he married Lois Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lois, on Aug. 17, 1989; two brothers, Alfred and Roger, and three sisters, Leona, Alta, and Dorothea.
Bud was one of six children born to his parents and was raised in an orphanage. At the age of 17 he entered the military and served his country faithfully in the United States Army in the 15th Constabulary Squadron in Germany. He also served in the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman. He retired from the Army after serving in the reserves. He and Lois made their home in the Lebanon area, and Bud worked for Detroit Tool Company in Lebanon until retiring. Bud and Lois then moved to Sedalia, and made their retirement home. He was a member of VFW Post No. 2591 in Sedalia, and served in their funeral national guard. He also proudly served as a hospice volunteer for 15 years, and was named Volunteer of the Year twice.
He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lebanon for a number of years, and then attended Our Savior Lutheran Church since moving to Sedalia.
Survivors include a daughter, Diana Mellinger and her husband Harry, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a son, Randy Griffis and his wife Gay Lea, of La Monte, Mo.; eight grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Alvin Griffis, of Rio Rancho, N.M.; several nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Graveside services and burial with full military honors for Roland “Bud’’ Glen Griffis will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in the Ridegelawn Cemetery in Martinsville, Ill. with Pastor Wade Stine officiating, under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon.
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