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Jerry Griffitt

December 11, 1948 — June 19, 2020

Jerry Wilson Griffitt, age 71, of Kahoka, MO, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020, in KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

Jerry was born December 11, 1948 in Marshall, MO, a son of Frank Wilson and Velma E. Cassels Griffitt.

He graduated from Marshall High School in 1966 and attended Columbia College.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, proudly serving from 1969 through 1971.

On October 20, 1979, he was united in marriage to Judith Duer in the Kahoka Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Judith, of Kahoka; two sons, Joel (Chenda) Griffitt of Blue Springs, MO and Josh (Shelley) Rice of Boonville, MO; three daughters-in-law, Jennifer Rice of Boonville, Leaha Rice of Columbia, and Christine Rice of Boonville; nine grandchildren: Peter Rice of Columbia, Kamryn Rice and Libby and Austin Rice, all of Boonville, Miciah, Eli and Grayson Rice of Columbia, and, Jalen and Cacey Griffitt of Blue Springs, MO; one brother, Roy Jones of Gadsden, AL; two sisters, Pat (Greg) Wise of Arnold, MO, and Ann Winslow of Independence; brother-in-law, Robert Duer of Kahoka; sister-in-law, Margaret (Werner) Lilienthal of The Woodlands, TX; as well as many nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kris Rice; and two sisters, Hazel Griffin and Louise Ross.

Jerry was not just a "member" of any organization, but took seriously the stewardship and commitment involved. He was a faithful member of the Peaksville Christian Church, St. Francisville Chapter # 588, A.F. & A.M. at Wayland, KAABA Shrine of Keokuk, and Herman Blum Post # 192 of the American Legions at Kahoka. It is no coincidence that each of these organizations exuded a love of God and family and helping and being involved with those in need. "Stewardship" mean’t so much to Jerry.

Jerry was a "people person" and his love for others resulted in many friendships and made him an excellent employee of the V.A. Hospital in Columbia, later as co-owner of J & J Stop and Go, and then in his job at Ball Volvo Trucks, both in Kahoka. Jerry was able to listen to and encourage many youth in Clark County who stopped by J & J.

Third only to his God and family, was his great love for Alabama Roll Tide. Anyone that knew Jerry knew about this great love. He was adamant about and seriously loved his team and the sport of football. He loved playing golf as well as long as his health permitted. His camera was always a constant companion and he enjoyed taking pictures and saving the memories.

Jerry was most proud of his family. Again, if you knew Jerry, you knew his family. He loved coaching and being involved with the youth in the communities. Up until the very end he was doing something he loved - helping with J. Rock’s team in KC.

Funeral services together with Military Rites and Masonic/Shriner Rites were held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Shawn McAfee officiating.

Family received friends on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home until services at 11:00 a.m.

Memorials were suggested to Peaksville Christian Church, KAABA Shrine of Keokuk, or Herman Blum Post # 192, American Legion.

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Friday, June 26, 2020
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Wilson Funeral Home
975 E Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445

Memorial Service

Friday, June 26, 2020
11:00 AM

Wilson Funeral Home
975 E Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445

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