Grillot, Floyd B., MD, passed away Jan. 8, 2014. Floyd was born on the family farm in Parsons, KS on March 18, 1918. He was the 5th of 7 children born to Albert and Ida (Stich) Grillot. As a youth, Dr. Grillot milked cows, fed chickens and rode a horse to a one room rural schoolhouse. After graduating from Parsons High School in 1936, Floyd worked at the Parsons Munitions plant, MKT Railroad and farmed. On Jan. 2, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was quickly promoted from buck private to captain and honorably discharged in 1945. Upon his return from the pacific, Floyd continued his studies at University of Kansas and graduated from the medical school in 1951. Dr. Grillot interned at The Wichita Hospital and practiced medicine and surgery in Wichita until 1989. While an intern, he married Margaret "Peggy" Hemphill. Dr. Grillot was a skilled, caring and tireless physician. He received teacher of the year as an instructor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita St. Joseph Family Practice Residency. Through his influence, three of his children followed him into the medical profession. It is believed he was the last surviving Charter Member of the American Academy of Family Practice. Floyd was an avid golfer and even had a hole in one at the age of 90. He loved family poker games and spent most vacations fly fishing on the Taylor River in Colorado. Dr. Grillot was predeceased by his parents, all of his siblings and his daughter, Dr. Cynthia Silfer. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret; sons, Stephen, Floyd Jr. "Rick" (Leanne), Marcus (Lisa), Michael (Sherry); son-in-law, Jeffrey Silfer, 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was the patriarch of a large and wonderful family that loved him dearly, leaving many special memories. Family services will be held in Springfield, MO on Jan. 17, with 11 a.m. Mass being held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton, 2200 W. Republic Road, Springfield, MO 65804. Burial following at 2 p.m. at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood, Springfield. A memorial service will be held in Wichita, KS at a later date. A memorial will be established at The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita in his honor.
Published in The Wichita Eagle from Jan. 12 to Jan. 18, 2014