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James “Jim” Eugene Griffin

July 5, 2021
Retired Staff Sgt. James “Jim” Eugene Griffin, 63, of Colby, died July 3, 2021, at Swedish Medical Center, in Englewood, Colorado.
He was born Sept. 14, 1957, in Colby, Kansas, to Jay and Margene Griffin. Jim graduated from Colby High School in 1976 and enrolled in the Goodland Vocational Technical School for auto mechanics. He then joined the Kansas National Guard.
Jim was deployed several times over seas and served in Dessert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned a rank of staff sergeant and retired after 31 years of service. Jim then returned home and started Griffin Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, a family business that included his sons and grandsons.
Jim was a member and served as post commander for both the American Legion and V.F.W. He always had encouraging words and saw the best in people.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and son Eric.
He is survived by his wife Kacy, of Colby; children Amanda (Dustin) Trew, Colby; Greg (Emily) Griffin, Colby; Mitch (Carrie) Griffin, Kansas City, Kansas; and Kiana Griffin, Colby; siblings Janette Clapp (fiancé Dave Schissler), McCook, Nebraska; Janice (Leo) Bjurstrom, Leoti, Kansas; Jane (Kerry) Maddy, Altus, Oklahoma; Jerri Griffin, Colby; JoAnn (Mark) Linnell, Goddard; Janell Griffin, Colby ; and Jeff (Jennifer) Griffin, Colby; father and mother-in-law, Richard and Judy Epp, Colby; brothers-in-law, Paul (Leah) Jackson, Kansas City, Kansas; Keni (Vanessa) Epp, New York, New York; and Kody (Kelsey) Epp, Hoxie; sister-in-law Kristi Epp, Newton; ex-wife Joyce Towey and son Tim Towey, both of Colby; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. July 7 at Baalmann Mortuary, Colby. A funeral service is 10a.m. July 8 at the Berean Church, Colby, with burial in Beulah Cemetery, Colby. The service will be streamed on Memorials may be made to the American Legion, V.F.W. or the Kansas Soldiers’ Home at Fort Dodge, and sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701.
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