Stephen A. Griffin
August 26, 1949 – April 1, 2023
VISITATION: Thursday, April 6th, 5pm, followed by 7pm SERVICE at West Center Chapel.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Friday, April 7th, at Omaha National Cemetery, with military honors.
Stephen (Steve) Andrew Griffin was born on August 26, 1949, in Brooklyn, NY. He was the only child of Martin and Regina (McGuinness) Griffin. Raised in Queens, NY, he attended American Martyrs elementary school, and Brooklyn Prep High School, graduating in 1967. He went on to attend Biscayne College in Miami, FL, until joining the United States Air Force in 1969. He was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany, as a Sargent, and in Ft Meade, Maryland, working as a Radio Intercept Analyst. Steve left the Air Force in 1973 and returned to New York City. He remained in New York until 1975, after the loss of his mother, Regina, in 1973 and father, Martin, in 1975. He decided to move to Omaha, NE.
Steve moved to Omaha in the spring of 1975. What was intended as a temporary change soon became his new home. While settling into his new city, he participated in various sports leagues. Softball, bowling, volleyball, golf, and basketball leagues helped him get a footprint in the local area. On New Year’s Eve 1975, he was introduced to Patricia by his teammate and future brother-in-law. Steve and Pat were married in 1977 and started building their life together in Omaha. During this time, Steve worked at various companies, always holding a passion for financial services, sales, and helping others.
In 1981 he delivered his first child, a daughter Kathryn (Katie). They welcomed their second addition, son Brian in 1982. Steve was active in his family life, cheering his kids on at various sporting events, leading his son’s cub scouts, or helping create school projects. Always cooking up new creations for dinner, or making up bedtime stories, he was a creative force in his children’s lives. In 2002 Steve became a grandfather to Bradley (Brad) and enjoyed being an active part of his grandson’s life as he was to his children prior. His family expanded again in 2016 when his daughter married her husband Jim, and his two children, Bradyn and Brityn, were welcomed as a part of the family. Steve and Pat enjoyed 45 years of marriage, spending time with their kids, grandkids, and each other, always taking the time to make each anniversary and milestone memorable.
Steve retired from the workforce in 2010 and spent the last 13 years enjoying a more fun and relaxed life. During his retirement years, Steve could be found out on the golf course with a golf league. At a baseball game, cheering on his grandson, or watching the Yankees on TV. Being at a local park, fishing, or just walking the trails. During the weekend, Steve and Pat like to take road trips to new towns in the surrounding areas. Holding a passion for creating, knowledge, and finding that one-of-a-kind place that made an area special were strong traits in Steve’s life. He would often be found working on a project to make his home with Pat special and unique. He built a welcoming home for family and friends.
Steve would greet people with a smile, handshake, or joke, and would light up a room with the ability to tell a good story. A rock of support for those that needed it while offering wisdom and direction. His passions were seen through his daily life, and he was a large presence in the lives he touched.