More detail on this person: GERALD GRIFFIN GRIFFIN Gerald 'Jerry' Lee Griffin, 80, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2011. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Jerry came to El Paso with the US Army and retired as a CWO4 Master Aviator. His boundless dedication to the US Military was exemplified by his initial entry into the New York National Guard at the age of sixteen. His service to the country included assignments in the US Army Reserve, US Air Force Reserve, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and a long illustrious career in the Regular Army. He served with distinction during two tours in Vietnam, and as he was never one to boast, a rare few know of his heroic contributions as an aviator. Jerry was the consummate tinkerer, and was adept at many a craft. He had a tremendous work ethic, demonstrated by his continuing to work until the age of 79, and only then stopped by circumstances that he insisted were only temporary. He was never one to neglect a friend or family member in need, and his boundless love of animals brought him great joy. He was loved by many and will be missed greatly. He is survived by his wife Patricia, his daughter Colleen Griffin, his Son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Adriana Griffin, Grandchildren Michael Cuellar and wife Tami, Krista Cuellar, Andrew Griffin, Simon Torres and wife Larissa, Camden Torres, two Great Grandchildren, Erick Cuellar, and Cullen Torres, and his older brother and fellow veteran Raymond Griffin, 87, of New Port Richey, FL. He was preceded in death by his brothers Ronnie and Duane and his sister Patti Smithmeyer. The family wishes to thank his longtime friend and fellow US Army Aviator, Larry Spradling, who offered him great comfort and camaraderie when he was most in need. Special acknowledgement to the staff of the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home and Hospice of El Paso for the professionalism and genuine care they exhibited while caring for Jerry. Funeral Mass will be at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 2301 Zanzibar Drive, El Paso, TX on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM. Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of America or the American Cancer Society. Service arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Del Angel Martin East 1460 George Dieter Drive El Paso, Texas 79936.
Burial information: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
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