One of our cherished alumni passed away on Sunday March 26th . Bobby
Griggs was one of the most instrumental people in the development of
Friends of Northwest Classen Foundation. Beginning with helping Jim
Robinson with our golf tournament which was the beginning of Friends of
Northwest, worked tirelessly in efforts to benefit Northwest Classen High
Bobby Griggs was at the heart of making Hudson Hall one of the premier
facilities for concerts and events in Oklahoma City. He dove into the
construction of the Green Room, Dressing Rooms, stage facilities and the
overall presentation of our great auditorium. It began to benefit Northwest
immediately and continues to this day.
We have posted Bobby’s obituary below. Please take a moment and read it,
he was a kind and generous man that helped many, especially the students,
faculty, and administration at Northwest Classen. One of the things he asked
was in lieu of flowers you make a donation to Friends of Northwest Classen.
We have created a link for you to honor Bobby in the manner he asked.
He will be missed by all of us.
It is with great sorrow we announce, Robert “Bobby” Bruce Griggs went to be
with his Lord and Savior on March 26, 2023. He was born on August 10,
1947, to Velma and Glen Griggs in Oklahoma City. He was a beloved
husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Bobby graduated from Northwest Classen High School. He attended The
University of Central Oklahoma, where he played tight end on the football
team. He graduated from The University of Oklahoma, where he was a proud
member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Bobby owned and operated Oil Filter Company for over 50 years. He was a
devoted husband to Tanya Ritter Griggs, whom he married in 1985.
Bobby was an avid golfer, fly fisherman, pilot and outdoorsman. He was
instrumental in the founding and development of Friends of Northwest
Classen. Bobby’s favorite activity was spending time with his children and
grandchildren. He especially enjoyed spending time with them on the golf
course and attending all of their events.
Bobby is preceded in death by his parents, Velma and Glen Griggs, and his
brothers Wesley Glen and James Griggs. He is survived by his wife Tanya, his
children Nikki, Kelly and his wife Tara, Katie, Chase and his wife Madeline
and his grandchildren, Arden, Brogan, and Beau.
The family will hold a visitation at Matthews Funeral Home of Edmond on
Thursday, March 30, 2023, from 4:00-7:00 pm. A celebration of Bobby’s life
will be held at Oak Tree Country Club on Friday, March 31, 2023, at 5:00pm.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and
technicians of OU Medical Center, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center,
and the Oklahoma Heart Hospital for their kindness and care. In lieu of
flowers, donations can be made to OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center or
Friends of Northwest Classen in Bobby’s memory.
Bobby will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. He
will be remembered for his love of life, his kindness, and his unwavering
generosity to those around him.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that Memorial Donations be made to:
Friends of Northwest Classen Foundation, P.O. Box 20972, Oklahoma City, OK 73156 or
by following the link:
The Stephenson Cancer Center, 800 NE 10th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73104