Clifford W. Griffin, 84, of Coldwater, passed away at his home  Sunday, September 26, 2010he was born June 7, 1926 in Owensville, IN to Sylvester S. & Flossie (Hays) Griffin.  He married Jeanne Nelson on April 15, 1950 in Princeton, IN. She preceded him in death in July 2000.

Cliff would have graduated from Princeton High School Class of 1944, had he not enlisted in the US Navy to serve in WWII at 17 years old.  On Day,
June 6, 1944, his battle station was Gunner's Mate on the USS Quincy CA-71, positioned off Utah Beach at Normandy.  His ship was awarded 4 Battle Stars, serving in both Atlantic and Pacific Theatres.

Mr. Griffin was self-employed throughout most of his career, drilling in the oil and water well industries, leaving behind a reputation of honesty and integrity.  He was also one of the original "wildcat" oil drillers.  Cliff and Jeanne fell in love with Coldwater, moving there in 1967.  He owned and operated Griffin Water Well Drilling in Coldwater and provided well service to hundreds of families and businesses over a long career. 

Cliff really enjoyed family and friends, and always had a good joke to tell for any occasion.  The past nine years he truly enjoyed the love and companionship of his lady friend Lodema Bregg.

He was a member of the US Navy Cruisers Sailors Association, the Coldwater Eagles and a lifetime member of the Princeton Elks' Lodge.

Mr. Griffin is survived by his sons Max Griffin, Samuel (Julia) Griffin all of Coldwater, Joseph Griffin of Phoenix, AZ, four grandchildren Jesse, Sarah, Gillian and Carter, sisters Dorothy Yates of Owensville, IN and Geneive Brines of Princeton, IN.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter-in-law Stephanie Griffin, his sisters Mary, Francis, Lola, Evadine & Almeta, his brothers Eugene, Russell, Jimmy and Howard.

Visitation will be
Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 2-4 & 6-8PM at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater.  Services will be Friday, October 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Dutcher Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Jewell officiating.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Girard.