Gerald Robert Griffeth

January 28, 1938 ‒ November 13, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

Gerald Robert Griffeth went to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, November 13, 2018 in his home surrounded by his family. He was 80.

He was born January 28, 1938 in Mansfield to parents Clayton & Marie (Kisling) Griffeth. After he graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1955, he proudly served his country by joining the US Army. After returning he obtained his Bachelors in Business Administration from Ohio University.

A lifelong Mansfield resident, Gerald was a part of many different operations in town including Founding the Griffeth Nursing Home and the former Lexington Motors, owning and operating Lake Maria and volunteered his time as the sexton of Lantz Cemetery.

A past president of Kiwanis of Ashland, Gerald enjoyed collecting cars, especially classics from the 50’s. He also enjoyed his tractors.

He is survived by son Ed Griffeth; grandson Alexander (Katherine) Griffeth; great-grandson Drake Griffeth; adopted family at Lake Maria, all the members past and present whom he cherished spending time with.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents.

The Griffeth family will be holding a service on their own at a later date.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Gerald’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • I was sorry to learn of Gerald’s passing. He was in the class ahead of me, (1956) at Lexington High School. I didn’t know him real well but what contact I did have with Gerald, was always fun. He had a great personalty and was helpful to all who knew him. His accomplishment in life were great and appreciated by so many. Rest in peace old friend.

  • The Trustees of Lantz Cemetery send their sincere condolences to the Griffeth family.
    Gerald’s contributions and sacrifices to Lantz Cemetery over the years are deeply appreciated. He will be remembered and is well respected by Trusttes who continue his legacy of care.

  • May Gerald find a new lake to enjoy his time and let it be a good home. Gerald and several other buddies of Lexington had lots of enjoyment and fun as young adults doing various things. He and others (and me) enjoyed going up to Mansfield and to ride around the square in their cars.(When it was called a square). Talking and watching other young adults in their vehicles play games. Gerald and I had many good times double dating and such in our lives. He was drafted several years ahead of me but came back and gave me some words of wisdom about going into the Army. Which were very true and beneficial for me as I served my time in the Army. Afterwards another buddy and I help Gerald plant several hundred pine trees around Lake Maria when it was just being developed and had lots of fun, working and talking while doing this. May his memories last as long as for others as they have for me. God Bless Grif for who he was and for being a close buddy to me.

  • Gerald sponsored the Miss Ashland program for many years and donated a $1000 scholarship every year to our representative to Miss Ohio. He was a very generous man–one who you enjoyed every minute you were in his company. I bought many cars from him through the years and credit him for sparking my interest in the classics. We even traded a 1957 Buick back and forth. I pestered him to sell it to me for months. He finally relented and sold it to me. I had it restored and when he saw it, he wanted to buy it back. It was only fair that I made him pester me for a while before selling it back to him. He told me many years ago he accepted the Lord and I look forward to the day when we meet in Heaven and can talk “cars” again!

    Our sympathies to his family. He will be missed!