James P. Griffin
QUEENSTOWN — James Patrick Griffin, passed away at his home in Queenstown, Md., on Saturday, August 11, 2018. He was 86.
James was born on February 15, 1932, in Baltimore, Md., to the late Francis P. and Adria (Jubb) Griffin.
A former gunsmith and gun shop owner, James was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and enjoyed hunting in his younger years. Friends and family knew him as a “Jackof-all-trades,” always keeping himself busy as an adept handyman.
James is survived by his sons, David (Elaine) and Mark A. (Christine) Griffin, both of Pasadena, Md.; grandchildren, Paul, Dawn, and Sarah Griffin; and greatgrandchildren, Toby and Austin Griffin.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Lois A. Griffin.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chester, Md., where friends and family may visit beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compass Regional Hospice, 160 Coursevall Road, Centreville, Md 21617.
Online condolences at www.fhnfuneralhome.com. He was 89.
Born on May 8, 1929, in Wymore, Nebraska, he was the son of the late Lester and Helen McKeever Gerdes.
Gerald worked for the federal government teaching mechanics. Jerry, as his friends called him, was always an avid automotive enthusiast. In his younger years (1963), he built and operated Mid West Speedway in Lincoln, Nebraska, until 1973. In his later years, he settled for driving his golf cart around the neighborhood with his dog BoBo and Terri and Gary’s dog Bowman. Then as he became less mobile, he settled for Terri pushing him in his wheelchair around the nursing home parking lot. He was always amazed how the auto body styles changed over the years.
Hardee’s number five with extra gravy, cheeseburgers, and, of course, crabs and beer were among his favorite food.
Gerald is survived by his daughter, Terri Butterwei and her husband Gary, of Chester, MD; son, Jerry Gerdes Jr. and his wife Nancy, of Huntingtown, MD; and two grandchildren: AJ Gerdes and his wife Hanna, and Jeremy Gerdes. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Lou Gerdes in 1997, and by his brother Donald Gerdes.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Aug. 14 in Wymore Cemetery in Wymore, Nebraska.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Grasonville MD VFW, 203 VFW Ave., Grasonville, MD 21638, where Jerry loved his cheeseburgers and bloody mary’s.
Online condolences may be made at: www.fhnfuneral home.com.