News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 26, 2012

Harold M. Griffith



Harold M. Griffith, 99, of Bloomington, Ill., formerly of Terre Haute, Ind., passed away on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Martin Health Center, in Bloomington.  

His graveside service will be at 12 noon, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Roselawn Memorial Park, Terre Haute, with the Rev. Michael Danner officiating. There will be no visitation. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, in Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.  

Memorials may be made to the Midwest Food Bank Bloomington, Ill., the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or Central Illinois Humane Society, in Harold’s name.   

Harold was born Dec.  23, 1912, in Terre Haute, the son of William Griffith and Grace Gibbs Griffith. He married Marion A. Sims on May 4, 1942; she preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 2001.  

He is survived by two sons, M. Allan (Ann) Griffith of Bloomington, and Arthur W. Griffith of Beach Park, Ill.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Heiny; and one brother, Richard Kenneth Griffith.

Harold began his work career as a meat cutter, he then became a Federal Meat Inspector for the U.S.D.A., where he served for 30 years. He was in the U.S. Army in the 1930s and early 1940s. He served as a member of the Army Band. He lived for 91 years in Terre Haute, where he was a long-time member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge. He moved to Bloomington, Ill., in 2003, to be with family. He died two days before his 100th birthday. Online condolences can be sent to the family at: