Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, December ll, l924
REUBEN FRANCIS GRIFFIN, the second son of REV. CHARLES and KIZIAH GRIFFIN, was born near Peoria, Ill., Jan. l9, l844, and departed this life at his home in Pleasanton, Iowa, on Nov. 27, l924, at the advanced age of eighty years, ten months and eight days. About the year of l854, he moved with his parents to Warren County, Iowa, where on Jan. 24, l866, he was united in marriage to DEBORAH ANN SLONE. To this union thirteen children were born. Four having died in infancy, but the other nine were at his bedside during his last illness. The children are: GEORGE H., JOHN K., CHARLES A., WILLIAM F., SAMUEL ALBERT, JAMES ART GRIFFIN, MRS. FANNY CLAMPITT and MRS. GRACE BEARD, of near Pleasanton, and MRS. ELIZABETH POND, of Des Moines.
In the year of l883, MR. GRIFFIN, with his wife and family, moved to a farm in Butler County, Kansas, where they made their home until February, l889, when they moved to the vicinity of Pleasanton where he spent the remainder of his life. For many years he has been prominent in the business and progress of the community and a kind neighbor to all who knew him.
His companion passed to the Great Beyond on Sept. 5, l908. He was united in marriage to MRS. DORA POND, of Lucas, Iowa, on Aug. 20, l9l7. He leaves to mourn his passing, the widow, the nine children, thirty-eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and five brothers and sisters. MR. GRIFFIN was the first one to pass on of a family of six whose average age is seventy-five years. The surviving are: SAMUEL and JOSEPH GRIFFIN, of Chariton; MRS. ELIZA RICE, of Iowa City; MRS. MARY WALKER, of Lucas; and L.D. GRIFFIN, of Pawnee, Oklahoma. The last two were at his bedside during his late sickness.
During the winter of l867, MR. GRIFFIN was converted and united with the Christion Union Church, in which church he held membership at the time of his death. Because of a physical defect, deafness, he has not been able to be active in church work of late years, but it was clearly demonstrated at the time of his death that he was still in close connection with his Savior.
The funeral services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 29, at the C.U. Church in Pleasanton, by the Rev. Walter Morey and he was laid to rest in the Bethel Cemetery.
A CARD - We wish to thank the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted during the illness and death of our beloved husband, father and brother.
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