Gary L. Griggs

December 18, 2020

Gary L. Griggs, 77, of Frankfort, passed away December 18, 2020 at Witham Health Services in Lebanon, Ind.  He was born on November 8, 1943 in Frankfort and was raised by his mother: Jobelle Griggs Howe and his grandparents: Otto and Beulah Springer.  He married Vicki J. Caldwell on December 27, 1969 in Frankfort and she survives.

Gary was a lifelong Clinton County resident and a 1962 graduate of Frankfort High School.  He had worked for Coca Cola, Allison Transmission, Montgomery Ward, Esserman Tire, and retired from Sears in Lafayette.  He was a former member of First Baptist Church in Frankfort and a 30 year member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, where he was a long-time choir member.  He was a former member of the Clinton Lodge #54 F&AM.  He enjoyed fishing, drawing, model trains, was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears, and loved family trips to Ludington, Michigan.

Memorial donations may be made in Gary’s honor to St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1951 Wilshire Drive, Frankfort, IN 46041, First Baptist Church, 301 S. Columbia Street, Frankfort, IN 46041 or the Clinton County Humane Society, P.O. Box 455, Frankfort, IN 46041.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort.  Funeral Services will begin at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Bunnell Cemetery, Frankfort.  Out of respect for the health, safety, and comfort of all in attendance, guests will be expected to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks.  

Survived by:

Surviving along with his wife, Vicki, (of almost 51 years) are his Daughter: Melissa (Chris) Fresch of Lafayette; Son: Chris (Becca) Griggs of Thorntown; and 8 Grandchildren.  

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and mother.


Leave your Condolences

29 Condolences for “Gary L. Griggs”

  1. Cindy kelly December 19, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the entire family. I will miss our little chats at the YMCA!

  2. Linda and Mike Mooney December 19, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    During this difficult time, may you find comfort in the sympathy expressed by your friends and loved ones. Asking God to bless you with courage to bear the sorrow you feel. Sending our love and prayers.

  3. Debra Bonek December 19, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Prayers to Frankfort from South Bend.

  4. Pastor Chuck December 19, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Just heard. FBC friends will deeply miss his humor and insights at bible study. We love you Vicki.

  5. Vicki and Jeff Tindall December 19, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Vicki. Our thoughts and prayers are will you and your family at this difficult time.

  6. Lori Snyder December 19, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Dear Mrs. Griggs and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you will be in my prayers during this sad time.

  7. Kim Ray December 19, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    My sincere condolences to the Griggs family. Gary was a wonderful man. I especially enjoyed spending time at Wednesday night bible study at First Baptist Church a few years ago. My prayers are with you all.

  8. Jean Labrie December 19, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  9. Debra Dieterle December 20, 2020 at 4:24 am

    So sorry for your loss. He will be missed. I loved his conversations we had at hoops. Hugs an prayers to you all.

  10. Butch Huffer December 20, 2020 at 4:48 am

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. God Bless

  11. Gloria & Phil Crum December 20, 2020 at 10:26 am


    So sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. You have our sincere sympathies.

  12. Timmy Albaugh December 20, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Vicky, I am so saddened to hear and read this news about Gary’s passing. It is so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I am out of state with grandchildren and won’t be able to attend services but anything I can do for you please never hesitate to ask. Again so sorry, your friend Tim.

  13. Charles Patton December 20, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    A great and nice business man. Always enjoyed his smile. Prayers for family.

  14. Brad & Sue Stockberger December 20, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    We were so very sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. Gary was such a nice man and we sure had a lot of laughs over the years at Jim Dandy. Prayers for all the family during this difficult time. Brad & Sue Stockberger

  15. Fran Reagan December 21, 2020 at 9:47 am

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. It was good to reconnect with both of you at First Baptist Bible Study. Sending love & prayers to all the family.

  16. Dee and Mike Dallich December 21, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Dear Vicki and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. Although we won’t be able to be with you on Wednesday we hope you feel our virtual hugs and kisses. Thank you for sharing Gary with us over the years. Gary was always so welcoming and ready to share himself and his stories with us. He will always be in our hearts.
    We love you all,
    Dee and Mike

  17. Jan Kersey December 21, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Vicki, Missy, Chris, my sympathy, love and prayers go out to you at this sad time. Your memories are precious so cherish each one. Please know my thoughts are with you. Jk

  18. Carol Scott December 21, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Carol Scott

  19. Doug Dallich December 21, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Gods speed Gary, you will be missed! May the lord take you in his arms and give you comfort and also look over your family that will be in sorrow and give them strength to move forward knowing you are guiding them still…….

  20. Elaine Moon December 22, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Dear Vicky, Melissa and Chris….I am so very sorry to hear of Gary`s passing. I know he has been troubled with health issues for some time, but I didn`t know how serious they were. I always remember Gary being cheerful and a good talker. When Jeff and I would go to Hoops for breakfast, Gary was always there with his coffee chatting with everyone. Who says only women gossip?!!
    I know you all have very happy memories of Gary. Keep those memories where you can see them and remember those times and he will always be here with you.

  21. Lanna Pugsley (Miller) December 22, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Vicki, Missy, and Chris,

    I send my deepest sympathy to all of you! I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers this holiday season and beyond!

  22. Chad Strong December 22, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Mrs Griggs, So sorry to hear about your loss. Will be praying for your family. Chad, Lisa, Mike Strong

  23. Eva and Ken Howe December 23, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Vicki, we were so sorry to hear about Gary. We just wanted you to know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers, All our love, Kenny and Eva Howe

  24. Pete and Pam Randolph December 23, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Dear Vicky and family, So very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our prayers. Love , Pete and Pam

  25. Ruth Taylor December 23, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Vicki and family
    My heartfelt condolences for your family’s loss. Wishing well of you and your family at this very difficult time.

  26. Jacque Douglas December 23, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Vicki & Family,
    My deepest condolences to all of you. Gary was a friendly and welcoming person, who always had a kind word. As you reflect on your many special memories of him, may they bring you peace and comfort. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jacque Douglas

  27. Roger & Janet Carney December 23, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Vicki and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What comfort and peace you have knowing he is with the Lord. So thankful for our time being neighbors and life friends. We love you!

  28. Kim Redington December 24, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Vicki, Missy, Chris and family:
    We are so very sorry, you are all in our hearts and prayers. We love you.
    Kim, Gary, Rachel, Alex, and Lee

  29. Linda Fryer December 30, 2020 at 7:11 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep all of the family in my thoughts during this difficult time.

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