Nathan Dee Griffith, 36, of Marion Center, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 22, 2019, in Wexford, and is now resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior.
Nathan was born March 18, 1983, in Indiana, the son of Jack and Paula (Doyle) Griffith.
He graduated from Marion Center Area High School in 2001, where he was successful academically as well as athletically in cross-country and wrestling. He earned a B.S. degree from IUP in 2006.
Nathan took great pride in sharing his knowledge and love of wrestling through coaching. Nathan is fondly remembered for having a heart of gold and making everyone he encountered feel like family. Nathan made sure his love of family and friends did not go unnoticed. He was an avid traveler and his faith was his everything.
He is survived by his parents, Jack and Paula; siblings: Victor Nitecki (Elena); Julie Beeler (Jeffrey), Kevin Griffith (Sarah) and LuAnn (Pete) Cronauer; nephews and nieces: Draven and Rylee Nitecki; Lucas, Bryce and Pavynn Beeler; and Carter, Grace and Sadie Griffith. Nathan leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and very dear friends.
Nathan was preceded in death by grandparents Dee and Marie (Smith) Griffith, Thomas F. “Irish” and Esther “Chub” (Black) Doyle; brothers Timothy W. Griffith, Jack D. Griffith Jr.; aunt Valerie Doyle, uncle Joseph L. Doyle and nephew Lee Aaron Walker.
Arrangements are being handled by the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home, Indiana.
The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Lefdahl Chapel with the Rev. Kathy Mihoerck officiating.
Interment will follow in Marion Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Marion Center National Bank where a scholarship will be created in his name through the Marion Center High School Athletic Department.