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Les Griffith

October 23, 1929 — February 6, 2023

Les Griffith

Leslie Wayne Griffith passed away on February 6, 2023 at home at the age of 93. He was born on October 23, 1929 near Ash Valley, Kansas to Gail and Addie Cheatum/Griffith.

Les graduated high school from Larned, Kansas. Les grew up farming with his family. He raised turkeys to sell. He went into the army for 2 years, and was stationed in Boston, Massachusetts. He then moved back to Wichita and went to work for Boeing, the last time he would ever work for any company. He began a lifetime career of building and selling residential and commercial properties in Kansas and Arizona. Les also built and owned several self-storage projects in Kansas and Arizona. Some of Les' career highlights include holding a patent for a process he developed, which aided in asphalt road repair; being responsible for bringing Popeye's to Wichita; and overseeing several successful multi-family real estate projects.

He married Helen Stomp and together had four sons. A second marriage to Sue Cox and had a fifth son, Anthony. His final marriage was to Barbara for 24 years, and they enjoyed many happy years of traveling around the world and spending time at their home in Arizona.

His Life Master Level of Bridge lead him to many tournaments across the United States. Due to his avid love of gardening, he built 26 raised garden beds that produced many pounds of produce that fed many friends and family. He has been in declining health the last few years, but continued to travel until Covid struck. He had wanted to return to El Paso and Phoenix, but was unable to do so.

His family will long remember the many colorful stories of his youth and experiences in life.

Les is preceded in death by parents, Gail and Addie Griffith; son, Charles Kevin Griffith; and siblings, Kenneth Griffith, and Thelma Johnson. He is survived by wife, Barbara Griffith; sons, Wade (Peggy) Griffith, Randy (Amy) Griffith, Tom Griffith, and Tony Griffith; grandchildren, Erich Griffith, Blake (Gennie) Griffith, Brooks (Kristen) Griffith, Austin Griffith, Sarah Jane Watson, Sophia Griffith, Serjay Sambros, and Marianne Griffith; and great-grandchildren, Sam Griffith, and Goldie Griffith. Services by Cozine Memorial Group - Cozine Life Events Center.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection (LAPP).

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