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Funeral services for Gerald Eldon Griffin, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.

Mr. Griffin died Monday, December 24, 2012 at West Vue Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Plains, Missouri.

He was born the son of the late Harvey Veron Griffin and Fern Gosnell Griffin on October 31, 1928 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage December 26, 1949 in Salem, Arkansas to Dorothy Mock, who preceded him in death May 29, 2009.

He is survived by four children, Steve Griffin, Sr. and wife, Heidi, West Plains, Missouri, Judy Barnes and husband, Ray, West Plains, Missouri, Jim Griffin, West Plains, Missouri, and Ed Griffin and wife, Brenda, West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren, Brian Barnes and wife, Becky, West Plains, Missouri, Greg Barnes, West Plains, Missouri, Debra Stokes and husband, Alex, West Plains, Missouri, Emily Reed and husband, Joe, West Plains, Missouri, Amy Tharp and husband, Danny, West Plains, Missouri, and Steve Griffin, Jr. and wife, Erica, West Plains, and eighteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents, and one brother, Gordon Griffin.

He served his country in the United States Army. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Burial will be held at Howell Valley Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.

Military rites will be performed by the West Plains Honor Guard and the Missouri Military Honors Program.

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