Lu Griffiths 1960-2021
Billy “Lu” Griffiths, 61, Holton, passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021.
Lu was born on April 25, 1960, to William Griffiths and Lucille (Baxter) Griffiths in Holton. He graduated from Highland Park High School and then attended Highland Community College classes throughout his adulthood.
Lu followed in his dad’s footsteps and worked for City of Topeka/Shawnee County Parks and Recreation for 43 years as a parks supervisor, although prior to that, he frequently rode around at work with his dad for years as a child. After retiring from Parks and Rec in 2018 he worked for Central Mechanical for a couple of years before he began his dream job as director for the Banner Creek Reservoir in Holton.
Lu loved his family, cars and the outdoors and was an avid hunter. One of his favorite activities was camping and sitting around a fire pit with his family and friends. He was a huge animal lover and loved playing with and training his dogs Berry, Bailey, Curly and Junior. He was a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers and loved watching the Pack as much as possible every fall. He also enjoyed coaching both softball and baseball.
He was a blues music fan, and he and Teri loved going to concerts together. Lu was an active member of the K16 Quail Forever chapter and held multiple office positions throughout his membership.
Lu married Teri Schmidt on June 1, 1991, in Topeka. He and Teri moved to Holton in 1991 where they took great pride in having 80 acres of land — full of cows, chickens, a goose and a horse. Lu also took up beekeeping in recent years and cared for two beehives on the farm. Teri kept Lu busy around the farm fixing up her ever-changing design ideas. Luckily for her, Lu was the handiest man in the tri-state area and could do anything Teri’s mind could dream up.
Lu is survived by his loving wife, Teri Griffiths; his children, Andy Butler, Brady (Molley) Butler, Molly Griffiths (Craig Rowland) and Megan Griffiths; his siblings, William “Birk” Griffiths, Danny Griffiths, Dona Hartzell, Dana Gunn and H. Gede Frost; and one granddaughter, Scotlynn Butler. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; and his sister, Judy Hall.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Parker-Price Funeral Home, 245 N.W. Independence Ave, Topeka. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4 at Parker-Price Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Valencia Cemetery. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Banner Creek Reservoir, 22480 M Rd., Holton, KS 66436; or K-16 Quail Forever, 11046 262nd Rd., Holton, KS 66436, in care of Lu Griffiths.
To leave online condolences and fond memories, please visit www.parkerpricefh.com