Glen Everet "Bear" Griffith passed away at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Midland Care Hospice House.
During his three-month battle with cancer, he was accompanied and comforted by his wife, Marilyn Kay, and his final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
Known to many as Bear, Glen was born on Dec. 31, 1948 in Fort Scott, Kan.
He graduated from Topeka West High School and received his Bachelor of business administration degree from Washburn University, where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity, in 1971.
He retired from Goodyear in 2008 after 40 years of service, including serving as vice president from 2006 to 2008 of the United Steelworkers Union Local 307.
Bear was a motorcycle enthusiast and one of the founders of the Topeka-based riding group that later became the Harley Owner's Group (HOG).
He and Kay participated in numerous charity rides and traveled from coast to coast on their custom-painted Harley.
He was an avid gardener and photographer.
After the arrival of Little Bear, he reluctantly became a dog lover.
While his stature was impressive, what his friends and family will remember most about Bear is the size of his heart.
He enthusiastically supported his children, grandchildren, and friends through activities ranging from horse shows to ballgames to motorcycle races.
He was always on call and available to listen, give advice, or lend a hand.
He provided love and support to his parents, his sister, and to a close friend as they struggled with their own illnesses, and in turn, he was loved and supported during his illness by all the people he had touched during his life.
Glen was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Gemma, and his parents, Henry and Dorothy.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Marilyn Kay; children Teresa Glidewell, Troy (Adela) Riner, and Letha (Michael) Wells; five grandchildren, Amber, Justine, Aric, Bradley, Allison; and two great-grandchildren, Angelina and Sierra.
Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Glen's life at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Local 307 Union Hall at 1603 NW Taylor.
Memorial services are being provided by Davidson Funeral Home.
The family encourages those wishing to memorialize Glen to make a donation to a local humane shelter, a hospice facility, or a charity of their choice.
If anyone would like to say a few words or write something down and have it read it would be greatly appreciated.
Online condolences can be made at davidsonfuneral.com