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Christopher Alan Griffis

45, of Cicero and formerly of Akon, IN, passed away on Monday, September 12 at Riverview Hospital. He collapsed after a pick up game of basketball at the Noblesville Boy & Girls Club. Born May 11, 1966 in Warsaw, IN, Christopher married Mari Stephen on June 9, 1985, and she survives.

Chris is the most successful team manager in Firestone Indy Lights Racing was currently manager of the Sam Schmidt Motorsports Indy Lights Team. A team which he had guided to 46 wins and four championships since 2004, and has all but locked up this year's title. Chris worked for Patrick Racing, Ganassi Racing, Bernstein Racing, and Panther Racing. Survivors include his wife, Mari Griffis of Cicero; two daughters, Clair (16) and Sophia (10) Griffis of Cicero; mother, Linda Griffis of Mentone, IN; father, Bob Griffis of Claypool, IN; sister, Heather and husband Josh Beery of Silver Lake, IN. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, September 16 at Hartzler Funeral Home , Akron, IN. Funeral srevices will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 17 at the funeral home with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating. Burial will be in Akron Cemetery in Akron, IN. A memorial service will be held in the Indianapolis area at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation or the Kosciusko County Cancer Fund. Online condolences may be left at: http://www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Sept. 16, 2011
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