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Lester E. Griffith
  • Memorial donations may be given to:
  • Kansas 4-H Foundation
  • First United Methodist Church

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“I just wanted to send my heartfelt prayers to you, Ed, and your family. It is never easy to lose a parent, regardless of the circumstances. May...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Kathy Taylor - Topeka, KS

“Les will forever and always hold a very special place in my heart. You are all in my thoughts an prayers ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Maggie Skytte - mcpherson, KS

“Lester and I shared a sleeping room in a private home in Manhattan our first year of college(1946). After that we went our separate ways but both...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Ralph C. Arnold - Larned, KS

“Pam - It was a pleasure to meet and take care of your dad. Thinking of your family during these difficult days ahead. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Brooke Radke

“Dear Ruth Ann I am so sorry to hear of Les death. We will all miss his smile and gentle voice. We has some good times with him. Remember the trip...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Marianne Spencer - Mcpherson, KS

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my Uncle Les... I feel so fortunate to have so many fond memories, and to have had so much time with him. I...Read More »
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Lester E. Griffith, 89, of McPherson and formerly of Marion, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2012, at McPherson Hospital. He was a retired County Agricultural Extension Agent, serving in Wilson and Marion Counties.

He was born November 23, 1922, in Pawnee County, Kansas, the son of William and Katie (Tiday) Griffith. He graduated from Larned High School in 1940 and from Kansas State University in 1950.

On October 14, 1951, he married Ruth Ann Boyle in Wichita, Kansas.

Lester was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and served during World War II.

Survivors include: his loving wife of 60 years, Ruth Ann of the home; a daughter, Pam Klenda (John) of McPherson, KS; two sons, Ed Griffith (Carol) of Wichita, KS and Jeff Griffith (Jeannie) of Topeka, KS; a sister, Ethel Busset of Lee's Summit, MO; five grandchildren; Kylie Klenda-Schneider (Chris), Kasey Klenda, Lauren Griffith, Katie Griffith, and Maggie Griffith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

Graveside service will take place at the Marion Cemetery (Marion, KS) at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 19. A Service of Celebration will follow at 2:00 PM, at First United Methodist Church in McPherson. Rev. Michael Marion and Rev. Chris Whitacre will officiate the service. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Kansas 4-H Foundation or the First United Methodist Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.