Published on -9/13/2013, 6:49 AM
I am Richard Donald Griffin Jr., son of Helen Ruth Joy and Richard Donald Griffin Sr., and grandson of Reuben Folger Joy and Elizabeth McIntosh Joy.
I was born in Hays on Nov. 12, 1946, and moved to California when I was but a few weeks old.
I remember trips to Hays to visit my mother's family when I was a small child. My father was in the U.S. Air Force and when he could not take his family to a duty station, my mother would return to Hays with me and my sisters for a time.
After my mother's passing, over 20 years ago, we lost all contact with the Joy side of our family. Those who were in Mom's address book have undoubtedly passed, as Mom was the second youngest of the children in her generation. I have no recollection of my cousins except that there are many.
I will be making a trip to the area the end of this month and would very much like to reconnect with family. I will be in Hays on Sept. 25 and 26. If any of Reuben and Lizzie's descendants are available and would like to sit down over a cup of coffee, I am buying.
Our mobile phone number is (775) 843-6604. I so look forward to hearing from any of my family.
Richard Griffin Jr.