John Kenneth Griswold

05/27/1918 — 11/30/2008

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Ellis, KS

John Kenneth Griswold

John Kenneth Griswold

John Kenneth Griswold passed away November 30, 2008 in Richland, Washington at the age of 90.

He was born in Ellis Kansas on May 27, 1918. The eldest of four sons of Olive and John Henry Griswold, John grew up in Kansas and Oklahoma. He began working at a young age as a farm hand, laborer and miner to help support his family after his father's death from injuries he received in World War One.

He married Pauline Walters in 1937 and they lived in Denver, Colorado where he worked for a lumber company and later at the Rocky Flats munitions factory. After attending technical school, he was hired to work as an Instrument technician at Hanford Engineering Works, in Washington State in 1943, a war related project later to be known as part of the Manhattan Project. His wife Pauline and young son Darwin followed him to Richland in 1944. A second son, Ron, was born in 1948.

During John's Ken's 42 year career at Hanford he worked for DuPont Chemical Co., General Electric Co. and J.A. Jones. He was an Instrument Technician, Central Maintenance Supervisor, and Manager of Construction for 300, 400, and 700 areas. He retired in 1985. After the death of Pauline in 1984, he married Betty.

He was an avid golfer and active in the development of the West Richland Golf and Country Club from the 50's into the 80's. He enjoyed archery, hunting, fishing and travel.

He is survived by his wife Betty, brother Cliff and wife Alma, brother Floyd Mixon, sister Barbara Mixon, son Darwin and wife Beverly, daughter-in-law Beth, grandsons Rodney and Robert and his wife Kristen; granddaughters, Cindy and Shannon; his great-grandchildren Savanna, Ellija, Skyler, Dystinee.

He is survived by step-daughters Andrea and husband Bill, Carol and husband Marc, Billie Jo and husband John, grandchildren Steven, Brett, Traci, Jeremy, Brandi, and Jennifer, and eight great grandchildren.

He is also survived by friends and neighbors John, Janet, Jeremy, Josh, and Jonah Sandoval. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, son Ronald, five brothers and two sisters.

At his request no service will be held.

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  • Ron and I were closest of friends, and Darwin and his family were friends as well. Kenneth was a statue of a man in many ways and I’m just glad that I got to know him. We, the Walkers send our love and condolences to the family and friends. Go with God Kenneth.

    Doug, Lisa and Max Walker
    November 4, 2014
    Renton, WA, US
  • We’re so sorry for your loss. Thankyou for making it possible for Ken to go home. He was so happy to achieve this. We hope God will bless and comfort your family.

    My husband, as a young painter, worked under Gris, and some ecological supervisor bullied him, not letting him get the job done. Jim recalled how Gris heard this, was enraged that someone with authority would bully and hold up work, and went to bat for the young men, roaring ‘fight this gris’.

    At Richland Rehab, Gris was always a gentleman, and he always tried his best, no matter how he felt. We are so priveleged to have known him.

    Richland Rehab, Jim and Janice Buchanan
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
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