Kristopher Aaron "Kris" Griner

September 11, 1982January 2, 2014

Kristopher Aaron "Kris" Griner, 31, of Columbus, died at 2:23 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014, in Indianapolis. Kris was born in Columbus on September 11, 1982, the son of Kenneth Griner and Anita Moore Smith. He attended St. Peter's Lutheran School, Northside Middle School, and Columbus North High School. Kris’s love of athletics started at the early age of five. He loved all sports, excelling and playing on traveling soccer, baseball, and AAU basketball teams. He was an avid Indiana Hoosiers fan. Kris loved camping at Lake Monroe, fishing with his dad and Grandpa Moore as well as driving the family's fishing boats. Kristopher loved his daughter Kaitlyn, son Avery and his family very much. Kris will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his mother, Anita (Steve) Smith of Bloomington; his father, Kenneth (Jana) Griner of Columbus; his daughter, Kaitlyn Skinner of Columbus; his son, Avery Hill of Columbus; and his brother, Keith Griner of Seymour.

A private celebration of Kris's life will be held for his family and close friends at a later date. Arrangements were made by Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street. In keeping with Kris's wishes, cremation is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army's Harbor Light in Indianapolis through the funeral home. Contributions may be made at any Centra Credit Union via account number 60129234 with a routing number of 274972883. Online condolences can be sent to the family at


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Kristopher Aaron "Kris" Griner

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Jan Chandler

January 8, 2014

Kenny, I am so sorry...there are no words to express such sadness, just want you to know I am thinking of you and your family. Prayers and hugs. Jan Chandler (Randy)

Chrissy G

January 8, 2014

It's hard to believe such a great life was cut short. Kris was an amazing person and even more amazing friend. He could always lighten a room and I'll never forget all the fun times we had hanging out and being totally silly. I last seen him long time ago but we had talked off and on since. I'm so sorry for your loss. He will forever be greatly missed by all those who loved him.

joe leszcynski

January 8, 2014

Kris i love u so much man. Im absolutly torn i didnt hear of ur passing until after the funeral. Im gonna miss u sooo much. Save me a seat up there bubby. Ill see u soon enough. I love u man!

Joni Carter

January 7, 2014

Dear Ken and Jana,
We are so sorry to hear of Kristopher's passing. You are both in our hearts and prayers. Sending much love to you both and wishing you peace in the coming days.
Love, Lester, Joni and Garrett

Debbie Brown

January 6, 2014

Dear Ken, Anita and Keith,

Greg and I are so saddened and sorry to hear of Kris's passing, our hearts ache for each of you. We remember Kris with that never ending smile, that fun laugh, and cute antics thru baseball when he and Adam were just little, little guys. In thinking about those times these last few days we've thought of how Kris likely knew of Adam's death five years ago, but how surprised Adam must have been when a friend from those fun baseball games arrived in heaven, I'm sure they were and still are smiling. Please know you each are in our hearts and prayers.

Blessings, Greg and Debbie Brown

January 6, 2014

Ken an Anita, we are so sorry. We'll always remember Kris as the cute kid next door who would come over to spend the day to play. Steve and Candy

January 4, 2014

Anita, I just learned of your loss and am so sorry. I can't imagine how hard it is to lose a child. I hope you are able to gain peace through loved ones and happy memories.

Nancy Van Cleve