Saturday, May 2, 2020

Melvin Martz Griffith
    Melvin Martz Griffith, formerly of Williamston, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 11, 2020 just 25 days before his 98th birthday. Born May 6, 1922 to Arthur and Bertha (Martz) Griffith in Decatur, Michigan. 
     During World War II, Melvin worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was there that he met his future wife, Grace Helen Edwards. The two were married on July 6, 1945 and their union continued until she preceded him in death in 1989.
     The Griffiths moved to Fowlerville from Garden City in 1956 since they wanted to raise their family in a rural area.  They lived there until 1976 when they relocated to Williamston.  He graduated from Decatur, MI high school, class of 1939.  
     Melvin retired in 1989 from East Lansing Public Schools as a groundskeeper. It was a job he truly enjoyed because of his "green thumb" and desire to be outdoors. In addition to gardening, he liked to take brisk walks. He was an avid MSU basketball and Detroit Tiger baseball fan. He also had many stories about his life experiences that he was quick to share with family, neighbors and friends. 
     He was a humble and caring man who took pleasure in helping his family and others, and in serving his Lord. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him.
     Surviving are his daughter, Diann (Edward) Helzerman; sons, Bruce (Nancy) Griffith and Wayne (Marilee) Griffith; grandchildren, Jennifer (Rob) Spaulding, Allyson Griffith, Jacqueline (Aaron) Donovan, Melody (John) Williams, Bradley (Andrea) Griffith; brother, Orville (Marlene) Griffith; sister-in-law, Priscilla Campbell; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Lindsey, and Reagan Spaulding;  Parker and Sutton Williams; and Emery and Christian Donovan; and many nieces and nephews.
    In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Eula Roehm and Irene Calbetzor and brother Kenneth. 

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