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Longtime friend of Fowler to lead parade

Byron Griffy

 
By Andrea Flores
Fowler Tribune
Byron Griffy was born and raised in Las Animas.  At the age of 6, he dreamed of being in the funeral business. Now at age 74, he is living proof that dreams do come true.  
And because of his commitment to Fowler, Griffy has been asked and will serve as this year’s Missouri Day parade marshal.
In 1958 he graduated Mortuary School in Dallas, Texas and his career in the funeral business began in Las Animas in 1960. In Sept. 1968, he had the opportunity to buy the funeral homes in Fowler and Manzanola.  He packed up his wife and three daughters, Lindalin, Linette and Amy, and the rest is history.  
A man of many hats, he served as a Fowler School Board member for 13-plus years, which he said allowed him the honor of awarding his three daughters’ their diplomas, and working with the late Dr. Larry Vibber, who became a dear friend. He was a host parent to several exchange students, whom he remembers by name, still corresponds with today and hopes to someday have the opportunity to visit in their countries.
At an early age, he started collecting stamps and coins, and continues to do so today.
However, in 1984, while attending a class reunion, someone broke into his home and stole many of the coins that were part of his collection. Later in life he developed an interest in raising ornamental pheasants and peacocks. In earlier years he would give young children pairs of birds with hopes that they would develop an interest in them as well.  Today, some of those “children” bring their children and grandchildren to his farm to get birds for themselves.
When asked what he enjoys most in life, he said, “My children and  grandchildren, Neylan 10, Liam and Laiken 7, and my extended family.”  Griffy spends his spare time attending their many activities, working with them on their Alpaca farm, He was quick to say that he can still buck a bale of hay, but is anxious for the day that his grandchildren can take over that chore.  
They love to have visitors at what he referred to as the “Griffy Zoo.” They have had school groups and others stop to see all of their animals.  When time allows, he enjoys attending the opera in Santa Fe, N.M. and listening to classical music.
Admitting he has seen a lot of changes in Fowler over the years, he said one thing that will never change is the close-knit community Fowler has, and he feels blessed that he has been able to be part of it   He commended all of the local business people for their part in making Fowler a great community.  
Being chosen as this year’s parade marshal confirms that.
Griffy said being chosen is “one of the highlights of my life.”
His career has spanned over 50 years and he estimated that he has provided funeral services to 8,000-10,000 families, some of which were very dear friends, which, he said, is the hardest part of his job.  
As of now, Griffy has no plans of retiring in the near future.
It’s evident that he is living his dream.

 

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from The Fowler Tribune

Missouri Day  July 10th, 2010

 
Posted Jul 07, 2010 @ 01:15 PM
Missouri Day 2010 will celebrate the past, present and future July 9-11 in Fowler.
The carnival will be in town July 8 through 11. Tickets for an unlimited wristband for the Missouri Day carnival rides  go on sale Monday for a discounted price of $15. People who purchase them can present them at the carnival ticket booth on the days of July 8 - 11 when the carnival is in Fowler. Tickets will be on sale at Town Hall and Fowler State Bank.
This year’s event kicks off Friday, July 9, with the annual livestock show at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 10, will be a jam-packed day beginning at 6:30 a.m. with the annual pancake breakfast at the Dennis Blackburn Community Center.
Other events planned for Saturday include:
7 a.m.   Missouri Day Relay for Life Four Mile Square Run/Walk
8 a.m. Golf Tournament at Cottonwood Links Golf Course
10 a.m. Parade, Byron Griffy parade marshal
11 a.m. Baby contest at bandstand, conducted by Vicki Sigler
Art Show at Park Elementary School Kindergarten Room
12 p.m.  Horseshoe Tournament
12:30 p.m. Silver Mountain Bluegrass Fiddlers sponsored by FNB-Fowler
1 p.m. Rodeo
1:30 p.m. Steve Feltner Band sponsored by FNB, Fowler
2 p.m. 3-leg race, sack-race and egg toss, sponsored by FHS coaching staff
3 p.m. Hot dog eating contest at bandstand, sponsored by Fowler Tribune
3:30 p.m. Greased pig Contest on street near Beer Garden, sponsored by Fowler FFA
4-5 p.m. Talent show at bandstand
9 p.m. Dance at bandstand featuring Wind River
All bandstand events will be emceed by Lance Valliant.
On Sunday, July 11, the Community Worship Service at Gerard Park will begin at 9:30 a.m. This is sponsored by the Fowler Ministerial Alliance.

 Colorado Cowboys for Jesus will perform at Missouri Day’s worship service on Sunday, July 11. 
   
Fowler, Colo. —
Colorado Cowboys For Jesus will be the guests at the Missouri Day worship service on Sunday, July 11, at 9:30 a.m. at Gerard Park in Fowler.
The Colorado Cowboys For Jesus were born 32 years ago when Vern Thomson became a member of the Flying W Wranglers, at the World Famous Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs. Thomson was a believer and was privileged to work at the Flying W and tell a secular audience of God’s love.  Joe Stephenson, a fellow believer joined him 19 years ago and the two have been praising God, playing and singing together ever since.
They have performed and entertained all over the world, delighting audiences at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., in addition to entertaining millions at the Flying W Ranch.
Their performances highlight traditional Gospel songs sung in a true western style with lots of hand clappin’ fun and the good news that Jesus Christ lives.  
Thomson and Stephenson answered God’s call on their lives four years ago and went into full time ministry. They have been blessed as they’ve traveled coast to coast and around the world praising their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Copyright 2010 Fowler Tribune.

 

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