Clem Griffith


June 18, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Clem Withers Griffith, 94, Iola, died Friday at Allen County Hospital.

Clem was born July 8, 1917, in Lodgepole, Neb., the son of Louie Eugene and Leola Elsie (Withers) Griffith. He graduated from Peetz, Colo., High School and received his degree in electrical engineering from Colorado State University. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On Oct. 23, 1944, Clem married Alvina Frank. They made their home in Wichita. They later moved to Iola, where he worked as an engineer for John E. Brink and Associates, which became Shetlar Griffith Shetlar before he retired at age 70. Mrs. Griffith preceded him in death Dec. 25, 2006.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Iola, where he taught Sunday School and served on the Board of Deacons. He also belonged to the S.E. Chapter of Kansas Society of Professional Engineers and Iola Rotary Club.

He is survived by two daughters, Lucille Bevard and husband, Tom, Iola, and Louise Kelley, Loveland, Colo.; four grandchildren, Rick and Randy Bevard and Joshua and Micah Kelley; and three great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Orvin, Prentice and Jack Griffith.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, where the family will receive friends prior to the service. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel, Iola, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be left at

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