Ronald R. “Butch” Griffith, 82, of Polk City, Florida, passed away, unexpectedly, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Lakeland Regional Hospital, Lakeland Florida.
Born Jan. 11, 1938, in Johnstown, Cambria County, he was the son of the late F.R Griffith and Grace L, (Falstick) Griffith. He was united in marriage to the former Mary Lou Harlin Sept. 21, 1957. He then married the former Arlene Kelly Aug. 9, 2001. His wife, Arlene, survives at their residence.
He is also survived by two sons, David R. Griffith and wife Gloria and Richard R. Griffith and wife Pamela, all of Huntingdon, four grandchildren Jacob Griffith, Jill Griffith, Tiffany Rhodes, and Scott Griffith along with eight great-grandchildren Chris Huey, Connor Griffith, Hayden Griffith, Jarren Rhodes, Kendrell Marino, Kiana Neil, Kylor Rhodes, and Syree Griffith.
He was preceeded in death by a sister Betty Heffner in 2011.
Mr. Griffith was a member of the Oasis of Love Church.
He was the oldest member of the Alexandria Riverhill Gun Club. He was a member of the Masons Mount Moriah Lodge 300, Jaffa Shrine and Huntingdon Elks Lodge 976.
He was a 1955 graduate of the Huntingdon High School and had a long lasting friendship with many of his classmates.
Following graduation from high school, he went to work for his father, F.R Griffith, in his petroleum business and they later formed F.R. Griffith and Son.
He purchased the business from his father in 1971 and established Griffith Oil Inc.. Sons David and Richard joined the company after high school and Griffith Oil Inc. went on to purchase C.K. Sims Oil Inc., Huntingdon Oil Co. Inc., Martin H. Heine Petroleum Inc., and C. Black Petroleum Inc.. Griffith Oil Inc. was sold to Shaner Energy Inc. in 1988. Mr. Griffith was also a former owner of Mineral Springs Bottling Co. He was the owner of Griffith Glass Gallery, that he operated with his wife, Arlene, specializing in glass trophies, awards and gifts.
As a civic leader Ron sat on many local boards to support his community. He served as president of Huntingdon County Business & Industry (HCBI) and Smithfield Township Economic Development Corp. (STEDCO) for five years. He was a working force with local leaders and legislators to secure state Department of Corrections ground which today is Smithfield Towne Center and Walmart.
One of the highlights of Mr. Griffith’s life was being given “The Good Scout Award” presented by the Juniata Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America in 2016.
In his younger years, he and his father “F.R.” had a racing team sporting the pink #50. Through the 1950s and 60s the #50 frequented many local dirt tracks with winning drivers Bob Wagner and Bill Ulsh. In the early 2000s, Mr. Griffith’s grandson, Jacob, brought the #50 race team back to life and he enjoyed watching him race street stocks and limited late models.
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed traveling the country, in his motor home, with his wife Arlene and their puggle dog Molly.
At the request of the family there will be no public viewing or visitation.
A celebration of life will be held at the Oasis of Love Church when COVID-19 guidelines permit.
The date of the celebration will be published in The Daily News and posted on Facebook
Memorial contributions in remembrance of Mr. Griffith can be made to: Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 School House Lane, Huntingdon, PA. 16652 or The Huntingdon Community Center, P.O. Box 424, Huntingdon, PA. 16652
Condolences can be sent to Arlene Griffith, 5100 Island View Circle, N. Polk City, FL 33868.
Online condolences may be offered at www.huntingdondailynews.com.