Alvah "Glenn" Griffin, 84 - New Franklin, Ohio

Alvah "Glenn" Griffin, 84 of New Franklin (Manchester) passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Summa Barberton Hospital after a long illness.

Born May 8, 1929 in Oka, West Virginia (Calhoun County). As a young man he worked on the family sawmill with his dad and brother, Ralph. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the United Fellowship Club, member of Teamsters Local #92 and retired from The Spindler Co. in North Canton, Ohio.

Growing up in Calhoun County, one of dad's best memories was going to school in a one room schoolhouse. His teacher Paul "Pete" Bush, who used to room and board at the Griffin home in Oka, years later Pete married Glenn's oldest sister, Verda. Pete was always considered a member of the family and dad had such great memories of him. Dad also told many stories of growing up with the Jarvis and Cottrell families in Oka. He said " those were the best of times." Dad loved taking his trips back "home" to West Virginia to visit with family and friends. Family and friends were important to dad. Along with working in the garden and camping, he enjoyed Bluegrass Music, NASCAR, Cleveland Browns/Indians, WVU football and basketball, Ohio State football/basketball and the University of Akron Soccer.

Preceded in death by his parents, Reese B. & Alice (Lloyd) Griffin; mother and father-in-law, Walter and Ludie Sexton; sister, Verda (Pete) Bush; brother, Cecil "Ralph" Griffin and brother-in-law, Gary Sexton.

Surviving are his loving wife of almost 63 years, Joanne (Sexton), whom he married December 23, 1950 in Indiana. Also survived by daughters, Susan (Bill) Sands of Manchester and Cindi (Troy) Rankin of Orange Park, Florida; Adopted son, Rodger Lee Griffin of Manchester. Dad always considered Bill and Troy his own sons, never referring to them as sons-in-law, but as his own sons. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Billy Sands, Brianna, Thomas and Reese Rankin, who loved and adored him dearly.

He also leaves behind 2 sisters and 1 brother, Aunt Halcie Dawson and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. His sweet little Pug Roxie and his cat Miss Puss (Pudge).

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to New Franklin EMS/Fire, Summa Barberton Hospital Staff, Summit Pulmonology, Dr, Louis Tan MD, Dr. Kian Bhe MD and the NEOCS Group.

Cremation has taken place. Friends may call Friday, 5-7 p.m. at the Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home, 624 E. Cherry (Rt. 93, Canal Fulton) with a Memorial Service immediately following with Tim Stevenhagen officiating.