Christ United Methodist Church
Christ United Methodist Church

Joys and concerns – August 9

Posted on: August 9th, 2017

For confidentiality, some names may not be listed here.  Please keep the following individuals and their families in your thoughts and prayers.


None at this time



Rachel Nguyen
Darlene Nossaman

Becky McKinney on the death of her uncle
Sonda Stokes on the death of her aunt
Traci Griswold on the death of her husband Rex Griswold



Rex Griswold



Memorial service for Rex Griswold will be held on Friday August 11 at 3pm in our Sanctuary


OBITUARIES (With permission of family)

Rex Lynn Griswold, 56, died peacefully in his home in Texas on August 4th, 2017. He bravely battled MSA, Multiple System Atrophy, for 7 years.

He was born in Carrollton, Missouri to Park and Janet (Riemer) Griswold on October 6, 1960. He was the youngest of three siblings. He spent summers working in his father’s annual vegetable garden, not always his favorite thing to do. His father would joke, “If he grew it, he did not want to eat it!” Rex’s work ethic and discipline first earned him Eagle Scout, a core trait that would continue to benefit him throughout his life. He graduated from Central Missouri State University, serving as his Fraternity’s President. In 1992, he met and married Traci Simpson. Together they had two sons, Park and Wilson.

Even though Rex’s degree was in Geology, he was a salesman at heart. The Griswold family motto was ABC…”Always Be Closing.” He was an innovative leader and problem solver. He enjoyed a 25-year career with Nestle Waters, culminating as Vice President of Sales. He took pleasure in traveling with his family, cycling, Kansas City Chiefs football and a good glass of red wine.

Rex was a warrior for MSA. He never allowed the disease to define him. He lived each day to its fullest, even when his body began to fail. When the wind direction changed, he simply adjusted his sails.

His peers established The Rex Griswold Foundation. The mission is to fund research and raise awareness of this little-known disease. The foundation has received huge support from those who loved the man who never stopped smiling.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Traci; his two sons, William Park and Wilson Howard; his mother, Janet Griswold; a brother, Tony Griswold and his spouse, Kathleen; a sister, Pam Sides and her spouse, Greg.