Nick Griff passed away unexpectedly on April 10, 2014, at his home in Grass Valley, Calif. He was 95
Services and internment will start at noon on Wednesday, May 7, at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, with a reception to follow at his home.
Nick was born on May 3, 1918, in Madison, Wis., to Lula Moore-Griff and Louis Griff. He graduated from Madison East High School in 1936 and worked with his father until he joined the U.S. Marine Corp in September of 1938. He was stationed overseas during WW II in the Pacific Islands. He had no contact with his family for two-and-a-half years and was declared MIA twice. He married Florence M. Szymanski on Dec. 14, 1940, just as he was leaving for the South Pacific. Florence would not hear from him or know where he was for two years. He was honorable discharged in September 1945. They lived in San Diego and Los Angeles and moved to Grass Valley in 1963. They owned and operated the Pic & Pan Café on Mill Street, and then Nick took a job at Beale AFB as a civilian truck driver, retiring after 20 years of service.
He had no hobbies to speak of, but when Flossie was alive they enjoyed socializing with neighbors at block parties, VFW and Rebekka Dinners, trips to Reno to play the slots and visiting family. They also enjoyed travelling. Hawaii was their favorite destination. When Flossie passed away in 2005, he kept mostly to home, enjoying digging in the yard and family visits on the weekends. He always had so many stories to share about the old days.
He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be missed by every life he touched.
Nick is survived by his son, Richard L. Griff; daughter. Therese A. Griff-Martinelli; brother, Joseph Griff; grandchildren, Mallory and Gregory Mueller, Timothy Theodoroff Jr., Richard and Michael Griff; great-grandchildren Gauge Mueller, Nicolas and Michael Griff, Molly, Emma, and Sarrah and Britany Theodoroff.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Florence M. Griff; his sister, Ann Walton; and his parents, Lula and Louis Griff.
He spent seven years in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was a member of the Grass Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. and a lifetime member of the Nevada City VFW.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.