WILMINGTON — Kenneth Seely Griffis, 82, of Wilmington, NC. passed away on September 21, 2021. Ken was born on October 28, 1938 in Montrose, PA to the late Robert T. and Gertrude W. Griffis. He was in construction all of his life building bridges, upgrading the paper plant in Riegelwood and the Corning plant in Wilmington as well as numerous shopping centers while working for Crowder Construction and Miller Building. Ken will be remembered for his love of golf, Nascar, traveling, coffee ice cream and frequenting Dunkin’ Donuts with his friends.
Mr. Griffis is survived by his loving wife, Leesa Drutchal Griffis, of 53 years and 364 days; two daughters, Tania and husband Dean Sholar of Wilmington, NC, Shelly and husband Thomas Contento of Titusville, Fl., and daughter-in-law, Mona Griffis of Durham, NC. Ken was wonderful grandfather and PaPa G to his grand children Alex and wife Allie Griffis of Raleigh, NC, Danielle and husband Dustin Vandenberg of Las Vegas, NV, and Presley and Fletcher Sholar of Wilmington, NC. Ken had three brothers, Robert “Bobby”, Stanley and wife Linda both of Montrose, PA and retired Major Thomas and wife Marilyn Griffis of Hartford, AL as well as special family friends Donna and David Passmore and many nieces and nephews.
Ken is proceeded in death by 3 sons, infant son Peter, and Michael & Spencer Griffis.
The family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and assistants of Lower Cape Fear Lifecare center that were wonderful in the last days.
In Lieu of flowers, the family would like tributes in honor of Ken to be made to the Lower Cape Fear Lifecare Center, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
The family will plan a memorial at a later date in his hometown on Montrose, PA.
Services are in the care of Coastal Cremations, 6 Jacksonville Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.