Arvil E. Griffin, Jr., 76, of rural Orrick, MO, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the NorthCare Hospice House in North Kansas City, MO. Arvil, know by most as Junior or JR, was born on August 8, 1943 in Excelsior Springs, MO, to Arvil E. Griffin, Sr. and Bessie Mae (King) Griffin. He had lived his entire life in Ray and Clay counties. He attended school and graduated from Lawson High School.
Following high school, he attended college at Central Missouri University. He also served his country in the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge. Junior had worked for the J.E. Dunn Construction Company as a Superintendent for 32 years and retired in 2005.
Junior was united in marriage to Carolyn Ann Parshall on July 19, 2003, and together they lived north of Orrick on their farm. He attended the Orrick Christian Church and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union, Local #315.
Junior loved raising cattle, farming, fishing and gardening and anything to do with the outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife, Kathie Griffin in 1989.
Junior is survived by his wife, Carolyn Griffin of the home; daughters, Laura Killingsworth (Chad) of Overland Park, KS, and Amy Martin of Lathrop, MO.; his step children, Ronnie Clow (Jenelle) of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Cindee Tarchick (Tim) of Canton, GA, Craig Clow of Portland, OR, Kevin Atwood of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Kenda Stout (Chuck) of St. Joseph, MO; brother, Bill Griffin (Linda) of Missouri City, MO; and sisters, Shirley Strange (Don) of Liberty, MO, Judy Moore (Sonny) of Gravois Mills, MO, and Betsy Moore of Excelsior Springs, MO. He is also survived by 19 precious grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 98018, Washington.
There will be a visitation and viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Cremation will follow with a memorial service at a later date to be announced in the future. Please be aware that we will be doing social distancing and other measures of protection during the visitation in compliance with the State’s protocol due to the Covid-19 pandemic.