John 'Jack' Griffel

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

John "Jack" Griffel, age 73, of Albert City, Iowa died Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at his home.

Memorial services were Saturday, May 7, 2011 at St. John's United Church of Christ in Storm Lake, Iowa. Burial was in the church cemetery.

John Christian Griffel, the son of Henry and Esther (Richter) Griffel, was born in Storm Lake on Dec. 21, 1937. Jack lived his youth in the Storm Lake area, graduating from Albert City High School. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force.

Jack began his life's work as a concrete finisher in Albuquerque, N.M. He continued that profession in Evergreen, Colo. and also owned and operated of a bar in Idaho Springs, Colo. Jack returned to New Mexico and resumed his concrete work, later moving to Denver. He was a gifted trapper, and trapped in Montana and from the Canadian border all the way to the Mexican border. In 1979, Jack lived in Arizona and cut firewood for his vocation. He moved to Alaska and resided there until 1998. During his time there, he fished, hunted, and spent time in the wild and worked on the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez.

On Sept. 14, 2000, Jack married his high school sweetheart, Sandy Atzen, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Jack and Sandy lived in Houston, Texas. Jack moved to the Albert City area following Sandy's death in 2004.

Jack is survived by his children, Jay and Jane Griffel of Kenai, and Christi and Jose Mancha of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Stephen Mancha, Allie Abbott, Josiah Mancha, and Stacey, Savannah, and Logan Griffel; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Bill Lanphere of Storm Lake; other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Arrangements were by the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake.

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