Alfred Glenn Griffin
Alfred Glenn Griffin, age 82, of the Illinois Veterans Home, died on Friday, July 12, 2019 in the Home. He was born on August 11, 1936 in Hannibal, MO, the son of Jesse James & Nellie (Wright) Griffin. In 1950 at the ripe old age of 14, he met Patsy Jean Frame who would become the only woman he ever loved and his wife. They were married on Christmas Eve 1953 and had six children. Theirs was the greatest love story ever! She preceded him in death on December 31, 2017.
Mr. Griffin served his country from 1953 to 1956 during the Korean War. He served with the military police for a period of time. Mr. Griffin had various careers early in his life. He was a heavy equipment operator and an over-the-road truck driver. He began work with the City of Quincy in the early 1960's on a city crew. It was during this period that he decided to try and become a police officer. He applied and was accepted by Chief Hunsaker and the Commissioners. His first day was after he had worked a shift on the city crew and the Chief asked him to start that night because of a staff shortage. All of his uniform and equipment was loaned to him for the first couple of days. Becoming a Quincy Police Officer was one of the proudest moments of his life.
Mr. Griffin joined the force February 1, 1967. In 1973 he was promoted to sergeant. In 1979 he was transferred to the detective division where he became a lieutenant and later Detective section commander. During his career he received multiple commendations for his work on major crimes. He was very instrumental with successful conclusions of several of Quincy's well known criminal investigations during the 1970's and 1980's. He was always quick to point out that nothing would have been possible without his awesome team of investigators during his career. He was also a very successful member of the Police Pistol Team with multiple awards. He was involved in the start of the Police Explorer's Post #10 and worked very diligently with other officers during their time off to construct the Police Pistol Range. He was a lifetime member of the Illinois Police Association and the Policeman's Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 12. Mr. Griffin was honored as the Law Officer of the year in 1978 by the Quincy Exchange Club.
Mr. Griffin retired from the QPD in 1988. He and Patsy travelled quite a bit during their later years.
He was very proud of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Mr Griffin loved playing pool and fixing everyone's cars and anything else he could get his hands on.
He is now and forever more with his beautiful wife Patsy and Children Steven, Victoria and Katherine.
He is survived by:
THREE CHILDREN: David Griffin of Quincy; Ed Griffin also of Quincy and Terry (Maggie) Griffin of Townsend, GA
DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW: Kathy Riggs and her husband Kevin; and Kathy Nauber Griffin.
SON-IN-LAW: John Allen
GRANDCHILDREN: Patricia (Rinaldo) Robinson, Kara (Donny) Baker, Becca Vining, Zoey Griffin, Journey Griffin, Rodney Maynor and Emily (Cody) Anderson; James 'Eddie' (Chris) Griffin; Jamie (Ryan) Taylor; Mandi (Scott) Harmon; Kenny (Tina) Penzien; David Thron; Sean (Amanda) Griffin, Thomas (Harley) Griffin; Michael Wood; Jason (Melanie) Allen; Stefanie Allen; and Timothy Allen.
ONE SISTER: Darlene Shelton.
Numerous Great-Grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
In addition to his wife, Al was also preceded in death by his parents, three children: Steven Griffin, Victoria Allen and Katherine Griffin in infancy, and two brothers: Ronald Griffin along with his wife Barb and Jesse James Griffin, Jr. in infancy.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Interment in Greenmount Cemetery with military rites conducted at the cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Special Olympics or the Muddy River Riders School Back-pack program. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
James edward Shelton
- My uncle Alfred Griffin, probably one of the people I looked up to the most when I was growing up, he always tried to do and to teach you the right thing to do. He was never judgemental in his position as a servant for the public, as a matter of fact when I probably thought I let him down the most he was the first one to say get your head up and get going in the right direction son, I always remembered that...A nephew who love you Uncle...
Debbie Smith Halle
- You were such a kind man, you will be missed🙏 R.I.P. Alfred