Kevin James GriffinAug 17, 2012 Staff
Kevin James Griffin, 45, formerly of Riverton, died Aug. 9, 2012, while on military duty in Afghanistan.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Swan Law Funeral Directors. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Soldiers Memorial Chapel on the Fort Carson Army base. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.
Kevin James Griffin was born July 17, 1967, in Chicago to Rena (Sullivan) and Patrick Griffin.
The family moved to Riverton in 1969 where Mr. Griffin grew up with his siblings and graduated Riverton High School in 1985. Following graduation, he attended Northwest Community College in Powell and the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Excelling in sports, he received numerous wrestling accolades both at the high school and collegiate level.
He met the love of his life, Pamela Barton, while they were both attending Northwest Community College. They were married Aug. 1, 1987, and recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Mr. Griffin leaves behind two children, Dane, 22, and Kylie, 15.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 7, 1988. Kevin had a stellar military career of more than 24 years where he advanced to the position of Brigade Command Sergeant Major of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division where he was killed in action. Command Sgt. Maj. Griffin's awards and decorations includes five Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals with Valor, four Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, Recruiting Badge (three gold Sapphire), Gold Recruiting Ring and the coveted Combat Action Badge, to name a few.
His family said he truly loved the military, his country and above all, his family. They said he enjoyed being with friends and family, traveling and golfing, and he believed in living life to the fullest.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela; daughter Kylie of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son Dane who is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas; close in-laws Bruce and Carol Barton of Sheridan; sisters Pam and husband Don Nicholls of Rawlins and Sheila Hansen of Cathedral City, Calif.; brothers Shawn and wife Shelley of Riverton, Dan and wife Sherry Griffin of Cheyenne, and Matthew Griffin of Hudson, Wis.; stepmother Carol Griffin of Hudson, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents.