PRATT, KANSAS — Charles Vinsen Grigsby, Jr., 100, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Pratt Rehabilitation and Residence Center. He was born September 5, 1918 in Hutchinson to Charles Grover and Effie Julia (Tusing) Grigsby. He married Dorothy Fay Baldwin and she preceded him in death on December 18, 1985. On June 27, 1987, he married Anne M. Ewing Dix. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2013.
Charles was a member of the Skyline School Board, Cullison Cemetery Board and was a State Tax Payers Association Officer. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a Sergeant Military police and Base supply in Chorley, England. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was a referee for KSHSAA football and basketball for 17 years. He was a member of the 1939 NAIA National Basketball Championship Team at Southwestern College in Winfield. In 2000, Charles was inducted into the Southwestern College Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his daughter, Parthena (Roger) Owens of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; step-son, Michael (Kris) Dix of Lenexa; grandson, Cameron Owens of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; step grandchildren, Kendall and Caitlin Dix; and numerous nieces and nephews
Charles is preceded in death by his parents; wives, Dorothy and Anne; and sister, Parthena Engstrand Foley.
Visitation will be Monday, December 10, from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt.
Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Sunset Cemetery, Cullison with John Hamm presiding.
Memorials may be made to Charles Grigsby Endowed Scholarship for Men’s Basketball at Southwestern College or PRRC in care of the Larrison Mortuary. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.