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|Griffith, Danny Lee
|Danny Lee "Griff" Griffith, 55, of Gilson, died at 1:16 a.m. Sunday, October 20, 2013 in Carle Medical Foundation after becoming ill in Gifford, Ill. doing what he loved, racing horses.
He was born on April 24, 1958 in Galesburg, Ill. the son of P.B. (Rae) Griffith and Wanda (Bob) Harvey. He married Shari Hasselbacher on May 5, 1979 at First Christian Church in Galesburg.
Survivors include his wife, Shari; two sons, Joshua L. (Summer) Griffith of Abingdon and Dusty Griffith of Abingdon; one daughter, Lacy (Brad) Locke of Dahinda; one sister, Tami (Bruce) Wunder; one step-brother, Denny (Joanie) Dean; his parents and step parents; 11 grandchildren; 10 nephews and 5 nieces.
Danny attended Abingdon Grade School and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1976. Danny had a passion for riding, training and racing barrel horses. He was a World Champion flag racer and an Illinois NBHA Barrel Racing Champion. He worked for Yemm Chevrolet for 34 years as a record breaking salesman with countless salesmen of the month awards.
He loved his horses, the outdoors and his beloved grand "babies." He was a dedicated family man who enjoyed when his family and friends were together.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. on October 26, 2013 at Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg. Evangelist Roger Strange will officiate. A reception will be held at Danny's Circle G Arena at 1327 Old Wagon Rd in Knoxville following the service. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Circle G Arena. Online condolences may be offered at www.h-p-w.com.
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