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Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Joe Edwin Griggs, age 82, of Vandalia, passed away at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri.
Visitation was held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. until service time at the First Christian Church in Vandalia.
A service was held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church.
Officiating will be the Pastor Jamie Franke.
Music was provided by Barbara Elzea, organist – soloist.
Interment was in Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tim Kurz, Dean Baker, Bruce Burnett, Fred Nelson, Marvin Yager, and Jim Elzea. Honorary pallbearer is Al Wortman.
Joe Edwin Griggs was born on December 15, 1931 in Vandalia, Missouri, the son of Thomas Warren and Ruby Ione (Pierceall) Griggs.
He married Rheva Elaine Righter in Vandalia, Missouri on June 10, 1950; she preceded him in death on July 25, 2013.
He was a life-long Vandalia resident and graduated from Vandalia High School with the class of 1949. Joe was a long-time member of the First Christian Church where he had served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Joe started working for Harbison Walker after high school and worked there for over 36 years, retiring on December 31, 1986.
He also through the years had built by himself or with his brother nine houses in Vandalia. Joe enjoyed his work and building houses.
Survivors include two sons, Eddie W. and wife Marilyn Griggs, of Cosby, Missouri; Kevin R. Griggs, of Vandalia; two sisters Helen and husband Bob Jerman, of Vandalia; Norma Jean Willis, of Springfield, Missouri; four grandchildren, Karin, Karla, Aaron, and Lance; six great-grandchildren: Courtney, Lucas, Trevor, Nathan, Grady, and Barrett; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rheva; one daughter, Debra Griggs; parents; two brothers, Everett Griggs and an infant brother, James Griggs.
Memorials are encouraged to Central Christian College in Moberly, Missouri or to the First Christian Church in Vandalia.