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Richard Lee ‘wolf’ Grissom | 71 | Kampsville

Richard Lee Grissom, also known as “Wolf,” passed away on Jan. 23, 2024, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 71. He was born on Nov. 14, 1952, in Wood River, Illinois. Richard was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, known for his passion for music, fishing and various other artistic endeavors.
Richard’s love for music led him to play the harmonica, slide guitar, and sing for many years. He had the opportunity to share his talent and connect with people through his music. Additionally, he was a great bartender, but his true joy came from playing live music for others.
Richard is survived by his sister, Joyce Kadrmas, of Stayton, Oregon; brother, Jim Grissom (Brenda Stone), of Winchester, Illinois; sister, Helen (Steve) Steiner, of Herrin, Illinois; brother, Michael Grissom, of Orlando, Florida; daughter, Michelle (David) Cox, of Murphysboro, Illinois; son, Richard Lee (Lori) Grissom, of Hardin, Illinois; and daughter, Billye Jo (Charles) Southerland, of Kampsville, Illinois. Richard was a proud grandfather to Camilla Cox, Quinlan Leavell, Clayton Titus, Shawn Grissom, Keaton Titus, Keeleigh Grissom, Levi Hillis, Keegan Hillis and great grandfather of Oakland Anderson, Brynleigh Hillis, and James Hillis. He was also a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Esther (Billye) Grissom; his father, Jack Charles Grissom; and his wife of 47 “lovely years” Elizabeth June (Betty) Grissom.
Richard attended Lincoln School, in East Alton, Illinois and continued at East Alton Wood River Community High School. He furthered his education at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Throughout his life, Richard held various jobs, including bowling alley machinist, concrete finisher, bartender and many others. However, his true passion always lay in playing live music.
In his free time, Richard enjoyed fishing as often as possible and found joy in creating art in many forms.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, February 25th, starting at 12 p.m. at The Kampsville Landing, in Kampsville, Illinois.
Richard Lee Grissom, “Wolf” will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all those whose lives he touched with his music and warm-hearted nature. May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration to all who knew him.

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