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Of Washington, DC departed this life on November 1, 2013 at the age of 84. Kenneth was born in Clarinda, Iowa to the late Meryll Griggs and Creola Baker on October 12,1930. As a young boy growing up in Iowa he spent most of his time working on the farm picking corn in the fields and caring for his pigs. He placed nationally for golden gloves and was a Basketball star at Clarinda High School. Kenneth joined the United States Military in 1949 during which time he met and married Helma I. Sehemisch in Washington, DC. He saw combat in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, during his tenure in the Military he served in the 82nd Engineers battalion and worked his way up to the rank of CW-4. Kenneth was well regarded amongst his peers and colleagues and generally liked by all. Kenneth enlisted every aspect of the Army Core including loyalty, duty, honor, and personal courage. Kenneth was a world traveler who ventured to all four corners of the Earth with one of his favorite locations being Riccione, Italy. After his retirement in 1983 he worked as a ROTC teacher in Bamberg,Germany. He enjoyed teaching and instilling in the next generation the same discipline and leadership the army bestowed upon him. He worked tirelessly and touched the lives of many on his day to day travels treating each and every individual to a friendly hello and a great amount of respect. Upon retirement he settled down in Georgetown and travelled back and forth to Germany the place he had grown to love. He displayed a care free demeanor and charismatic personality which set him apart, and for this he will be sorely missed. Kenneth is survived by his wife Helma Ingeborg Griggs; His two children Ilona Griggs (partner Michael Daniels) and Julian Griggs (partner Kenya Zeigler); his adopted son, Jacob Okiya, loving cousin, Joanne Baker; and a host of relatives and friends. Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at the Post Chapel at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 9, 2014
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