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October 9, 2013

Carl Lynn Griggs

CONNEAUT LAKE — Carl Lynn Griggs, 91, of Conneaut Lake died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Rolling Fields Nursing Home, Conneautville.

He was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Conneaut Lake, a son of the late Clarence W. and Margaret E. Ramsey Griggs. He married June Devenny on Oct. 22, 1951. She survives.

Carl was a 1939 graduate of Conneaut Lake High School, where he played basketball for four years. He was a self-employed concrete contractor.

In March 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, in the 302 Infantry Regiment, 94th Division during World War II, earning the rank of platoon sergeant, then first sergeant. He was a Green Hornet, earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct EAME Ribbon with Bronze Service Stars for Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central European campaigns, Military Intelligence Training, Army Commendation Expert Infantry. He was honorably discharged in September 1948 at Fort Jackson, S.C. President Dwight Eisenhower’s son was his first company commander and he had the opportunity to meet George Patton and wore the soles out of his shoes parading for him. He is also a lifetime member of Linesville Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, June Griggs of Conneaut Lake; two sons, Thomas Griggs and his wife, Barbara, of Hartstown, and Gary Griggs of Conneaut Lake; five grandchildren, Shawnya Lewis and her husband, Stephen, of Meadville, Deanna Griggs-Byler and her husband, Ben Byler, of Conneaut Lake, Joanna Catlin, U.S. Army, Forte Meade, Md., Coulter Griggs of Conneaut Lake and Kelly Griggs of Hartstown; and three great-grandchildren, Cody Lewis of Meadville, Landyn Byler and Taylor Byler, both of Conneaut Lake. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by three brothers, George Griggs, Charley Griggs and Clarence Griggs; and two sisters, Charlotte Jessup and Ellen Gamble.

The family would like to thank the Southern Care Hospice and the staff at Rolling Fields for the loving care given to Carl.

Calling will be held on Friday from 11 a.m. until time of the memorial service at 1 p.m. at Dickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 N. St., Conneaut Lake, with Pastor Joe Kaufer of Southern Care Hospice officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to Southern Care Hospice, 1245 Park Ave., Meadville, Pa. 16335; or to Rolling Fields Nursing Home, 9108 Route 198, Conneautville, Pa. 16406.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Dickson Funeral Home & Crematory, Rocco R. Tedesco, supervisor.

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