Richard S. Grigsby

Obituary
  • "He wrote a lovely poem about Captain Fred Gray after that..."
    - Andrew Russell
  • "He was my ever-present, always loving and delightful..."
    - Bess Harrison
  • "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Richard S...."
    - Albert, Carolyn, Jane Goodwin
  • "Dick was a friend of my wife Valerie and me for more than..."
    - Rick Davis
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    - Pat Starke-Brown

September 3, 1921 - February 5, 2014 Mr. Grigsby had two children, Richard Sherwood Grigsby Jr. (deceased) and Gail Grigsby Harrison, a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. He was the husband of Susan Payne Grigsby and stepfather to Barbara Le Blanc and William Davis, both of Colorado, as well as Cherrill Kawakami of New port Beach, CA. Mr. Grigsby leaves behind two grandchildren, Timothy Carl Harrison and Malinda Bess Harrison LaRosa: four step-grandchildren, Madison Gilbertson Kawakami. Taylor Kawakami, Samantha Le Blanc, and Reece Le Blanc; and great-grandson Benjamin Alexander LaRosa. He is also survived by his brother John Grigsby. He joined Continental Airlines as a pilot August 18, 1942. He retired from Continental on his 60th birthday in 1981 after many years of flying passengers from Los Angeles to Hawaii and the Western Pacific in B-747 and DC-10 aircraft. He then formed Chartair, Inc. with his son Richard Jr., out of which developed a position flying corporate aircraft for the Nexxus products company. He retired from commercial flying in 1986, having logged over 30,000 hours of flight time. He was active in transporting military personnel and equipment during World War II. the Korean war, and the Vietnam war, flying C-60s. C-49s, DC-4s, and B-320Cs under contract to Continental Airlines At. Mr. Grigsby's request, a memorial service will be held in the Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, 15821 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272, Saturday March 8, 2014 at 1 PM. Remembrances may be addressed to Palisades Presbyterian Church Organ Fund, 15821 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 14, 2014
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