William W. Grigsby

February 13, 1922February 26, 2011

Bill Grigsby, 89, of Parkville, MO passed away Sat. February 26, 2011 at the home surrounded by his family. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, March 1 with Rosary starting at 7:00PM at St. Therese Catholic Church – 7207 NW State Hwy 9, Parkville, MO 64152. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, March 2 at 10:30 AM at St. Therese Catholic Church, Parkville, MO private graveside services. Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years Frances, his children James (Kathryn), Paul (Jody), Ann Handelman (Mike), Jane Rivers (Tony), William (Maria), grandchildren, Katie and John Grigsby, Arianne and Natalie Cordray, Sarah and Paul Handelman, and Esa, Giulia, and Anna Grigsby. There aren’t enough words to describe Bill’s indomitable spirit and love of life. He loved Kansas City and worked tirelessly for his community and countless charities. His unmistakable voice was shared with thousands of sports fans throughout his 63 year career that included football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, hockey, tennis and boxing. The family wishes to extend their love and appreciation to their family and friends who have embraced them during Bill’s illness. We thank North Care Hospice for the comfort provided to Bill and our family. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to North Care Hospice 2900 Clay Edwards Dr. North Kansas City, MO 64116, Catholic Charities 1112 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64105 or the Enshriners 4621 The Paseo Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64110.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 1, 2011
  • Rosary Tuesday, March 1, 2011
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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Dinah Feinberg

March 26, 2011

Mr. Grigsby was a well loved and admired personality in the Kansas City spectrum and did alot for his community.He is well appreciated here and know that he will be appreciated in heaven. My condolences to the family...

March 22, 2011

I remember Bill as a young sports announcer in Joplin, Mo. , must have been about 1951 or so. He gave play by plays for the Joplin Miners, a Yankee farm team. Fun, personable, and gave us great stories. It's been fun to follow his announcing here in Kansas City.
Blessings to all the family. Rev. Helen Liston

Ramona Sanchez

March 21, 2011

Mr. Grigsby mentored me when I was working at Western Union. I only met him once but he made an impression when I was young and just starting out as a teletype operator. I ran his copy for him and I have never forgotten him in that moment. He has touched many. Rest in Peace

Darrell Williams

March 18, 2011

Bill Grigsby walked the life that most men envy. He was a kind and good hearted man that I am certain was well received in heaven.

Victoria Metsker

March 12, 2011

Bill, you have and always will be a true Kansas City treasure! Thank you, thank you for your years of dedication to the community. You will be greatly missed.

My family and I are so blessed to have known you. We will never forget your generous spirit, tremendous humor and wit!

In regard to your next chapter, I know my Dad has an open seat waiting for you at the table. He's ready to play gin again!

Peace and comfort to your sweet family in the coming days and months ahead.

Love & Blessings,

Victoria (daughter of the late Dr. Ray W. Baker Jr.)

Lantz Welch

March 10, 2011

Grigs sat down at my regular lunch table at the Italian Gardens where I hosted my lawyers and said, "Lantz, you know how the Plaza is lit up at Christmas, we ought to do that for Parkville." I said, "Who is WE Grasshopper?" He said, "I meant The Lantz Welch Charitable Foundation". I said, "You're crazy, but look into it." I have forgotten how many years & dollars it took, but it became "Christmas On The River".
Here's to Grigs!!!! The epitome of enthusiasm, affability & lovability.
/S/ Lantz Welch

Larry Cusack

March 9, 2011

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

March 7, 2011

I know how much the friendship of Bill and Fran meant to my parents, Leon and Marian Faddis. They always loved his big personality and charm. We miss them, and we will miss Bill, too. Fran - please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Faddis Brannian

Dorie Sheppard

March 5, 2011

"Grigs" was always positive and laughing. He was a hugh KC Chiefs fan, he loved the game, the players, and his game-day announcing was always entertaining!

Bill Ryan

March 3, 2011

The memories are from long ago, but ever so vivid. The Schlitz warehouse. Chiefs training camp at William Jewel and the games at both stadiums. Miniature golf in N.K.C. He was larger then life, indefatigable and greatly admired. My thoughts and prayers are with you.