Louie M. Griffy, 95 years old, died December 5 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, where he had resided since November 2017.
Friends may call at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 436 Main Street, in New Madrid, Missouri. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Mounds Cemetery in New Madrid.
The family suggests memorials to LCHAD Research, in care of Dr. Thomas Morgan, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospitalr, 1211 Medical Center Drive, Nashville, TN, 37232.
Louie is survived by sisters, Betty Higgins and Wilma Huhn, both of Cape Girardeau; brother, Charles (Felicia) Griffy of Edgewater, Florida; nieces, Debbie (Charles) Devers of Cape Girardeau, and Charla Griffy Brown (Glenn), Sienna and Adam, all of Woodinville, Washington; nephews, Jim Huhn of St. Charles, Missouri, Will (Misti) Otto of Dallas, Samantha, Gus, Aric, Brianna, Christian,all of Marble Hill, Missouri, Bill Griffy, Michael, Joshua and Christopher, all of Apopka, Florida, and Robert (Irene) Rathburn, Dallas; and his special friend, devoted caregiver and “love of his life,” Tara Price of Cape Girardeau, who loved hearing stories that only Louie could spin.
Louie was born Sept. 25, 1923, in Marston, Missouri, son of Hattie Lorena Pinor Griffy and James W. Griffy, Sr.
He was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Katie Griffy, and brothers-in-law, Norman Huhn and Darrell Higgins.
He attended Southeast Missouri State University, where he studied history. He answered the call to duty during World War II, serving with the Navy in the Pacific from March of 1943 to April of 1946. He was awarded the Victory Medal. Louie considered serving with the Navy an honor and a privilege.
Following his Naval service, Louie served as postmaster in his hometown of Marston, for almost 34 years, retiring in 1984. In that role, he came to know his community well, and developed lifelong friendships with many New Madrid County residents. He considered Missouri the prettiest state in the U.S., and New Madrid County the best little county anywhere.
Louie quietly, and without fanfare, helped those in need. If a child needed a coat or shoes, Louie got them. If a struggling family could not put food on the table, Louie made sure groceries were in the pantry. If a friend or neighbor did not know where to turn, Louie was there to listen and offer advice.
Louie enjoyed music and after retiring taught himself to play the piano and entertained friends and family with tunes of the day. The outdoors was his go-to place. There he enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating, water skiing and a good barbecue and cold beer. Louie also enjoyed a yearly trip to places near and far with his late brother-in-law, Norman Huhn, and reading all things historical. He loved all children, especially his nieces and nephews, and was a proud supporter and coach of Little League baseball.
He was a member of the New Madrid County VFW Post 7183 and the New Madrid County American Legion Post 369.
A good man. Devoted to his country. Devoted to his career. Devoted to helping others. Devoted to family. A life well lived.
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