AUGUSTA — Lonnie Clayton Griffin, 89, formerly of Camden and Appleton, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Maine General Medical Center following an extended illness. He has been a resident of Maine Veterans Home for the past two years.
Born in Appleton on June 2, 1923, he was the son of Charles and Marguerite Bean Griffin. Educated in local schools, he was a graduate of Appleton High School and later attended college.
A World War II veteran, Lonnie served four years with the U.S. Air Force.
He worked as a long haul truck driver, first with Robbins Lumber Company in Searsmont and later with Penobscot Poultry Company in Belfast. For many years, at the same time, he worked a farm in Appleton, growing more than 15 acres of squash and strawberries, as well as keeping 20 head of cattle.
He was a member of the Union Lodge of Masons, No. 31 and the South Hope Community Church.
Other than his wife Florence Roberts Griffin, Lonnie was predeceased by three children, Lonnie Griffin Jr., Gerald W. Griffin and Beth Griffin Hutchins; three brothers, George, Raymond and Donald Griffin; as well as two sisters, Mildred Griffin Collins and Jean Griffin Hill.
He is survived by three children, Dale Griffin and his wife, Lucille, of Rockport, Stanley Griffin and his wife, Susan, of Union and Linda Griffin of Thomaston; two sisters, Marion Griffin Benson and her husband, George, of Hope and Beverly Sterloff of Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren, Fawn Griffin Adolphsen and her husband, Greg, Shawn Griffin, Charles Griffin, Chris Griffin and his wife, Elaine, James Griffin, Andrew Hutchins, Megan Griffin, Robbi Griffin, Samantha Griffin, and Stephanie Griffin Shuman and her husband, Joel; five great-grandchildren, Taylor Griffin, Lillian Jean Walton-Griffin, Lonnie Adolphsen, Marina Adolphsen and Vana Adolphsen; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Mark Adolphsen will officiate. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Appleton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the South Hope Community Church, 142 Main St., Hope, ME 04847-3432.
To share a memory or story with Lonnie’s family, please visit his online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.