James P. Grif­fin

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Obituaries -

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.

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