Richard was born July 9, 1958, the ninth child of Mildred (Duffield) and Allen Griffith. He was raised just outside of Baker and graduated from Baker High School in 1976. He went to work for Delbert Schweigert out of high school. He started Griffith Steel in 1979, which he ran until the time of his death. Richard was proud of the jobs he provided over the years and especially enjoyed teaching young people the construction trade. He had a work ethic that was unrivaled and he usually worked seven days a week. His rare days off were spent watching Vikings football, vacationing with his family or attending auction sales. He was married to Saundra Knipp in April of 1977, they would later divorce. Four children were born of this marriage – Janet, Jeanna, Todd and Michele. He dearly loved his children and devoted his life to their joy and happiness. Richard owned a cabin in Nye, it was his place to relax and he loved nothing more than sitting at the table and enjoying the mountain views while his grandchildren played. Richard bought a whole fleet of UTVs this summer and had so much fun exploring the roads around his cabin. He adored his seven grandchildren and was a doting grandpa, babysitting whenever needed, attending their activities, and completely spoiling them with toys.
Richard loved his Baker community and would help wherever he could. He was involved with Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life. He had a very generous heart and was always ready to lend a hand or equipment.
Richard spent his final days doing what he loved – spending time with his family. We will all miss him dearly. Richard passed away Dec.21, 2015 from a heart attack at the age of 57 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Richard is survived by his children: Janet (Josh) Green, Todd (Lisa) Griffith, both of Baker, Jeanna (Cory) Manseau of Dillon and Michele (Marcus) Shields of Fort Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren: Cristofer and Crystyl Green, Selah and Sydney Manseau, Samantha and Henry Griffith, and Maleah Shields. He is also survived by his brothers: Kenny, Duane, Frances and Butch; sisters: Nancy, Linda and Joan and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Barb Deering and Pinky Wolf; sister-in-law Kathy Griffith; and brothers-in-law Duffy Hafer and Chuck Deering.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society of Fallon County Relay for Life.
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