Duane Paul “Duke” Grismore

Duane Paul “Duke” Grismore, 80, Shawnee, Kansas,  passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Merriam, Kansas.


Duane was born August 27, 1932, in Corydon, Iowa, to Ben and Beth Grismore.  He attended Iowa State University. On February 13, 1953, Duane married Janet Ryan.  They moved to Kansas  City where he began working for the Rock Island Railroad. He later became Executive Editor of Commodity News Services, followed by a membership at the Chicago Board of  Trade. Duane left the commodity business and started Chem-Rail Transport Inc.  which he owned and operated until his retirement.  


He is survived by his wife, Janet Grismore; two sons, Steve (Susan) Grismore, Kansas City, Missouri and Mark (Edie) Grismore, Shawnee, Kansas; two daughters, JoLynn (Keith) Kissinger,  Shawnee, Kansas and Brenda Grismore, Edwardsville, Kansas; sister, Barbara (Bob) Hellyer, Chariton, Iowa; brother, Stan (Janet) Grismore, Wheaton, Illinois; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 


Memorial Service


Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the Amos Family Funeral Home & Crematory. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.




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11 Comments on “Duane Paul “Duke” Grismore”

  1. Teri Baumann Says:

    Dear Aunt Janet, Steve, Mark, JoLynn and Brenda–

    I’m so very sorry about Uncle Duke. He had a wonderful personality and always made me laugh. Have fond memories of the “old” days when our families got together with all the cousins. Remember when you lived up here for awhile, Steve? I’m sure you all have lots of good memories of Duke that will help you get through some of the rough days ahead.

    All my sympathy and love to you Aunt Janet….my heart hurts for you.

    Love, Teri

  2. Marj Shaw Says:

    Dear Jan,

    We extend our sincere sympathy to you and your precious children and grandchildren. May God wrap his arms tightly around each one of you giving you comfort and peace.

    Your Bunco Friend
    Marj & Tom Shaw

  3. Mike & Mary Begnaud Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Duane’s passing, Our condolences to Janet and your children.
    Duane was and will always be my friend.
    Sincerely, Mike & Mary

  4. Bob Stephan Says:

    Sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. I will remember him as a good
    friend and business man.

    Bob Stephan
    Business Associates

  5. Cindy Ament Says:

    Aunt Janet – Steve – JoLynn – Mark – Brenda

    Sad to hear about uncle Duke. Duke was like dad, one-of-a-kind in their personalities. They both were very intertaining and much loved and indeed loved their families very much. Weren’t we lucky to have them as fathers! Help each other through this difficult time and know we are thinking about you also.
    Our Love, Neal & Cindy

  6. Sam & Eva Dunlap Says:

    Dear Janet and family Eva and I send our sincere condolences. Duke was a terrific classmate and friend while growing up in Corydon. I have many great memories. Our recent talks on the phone about the past and present are going to be missed. Janet we have lost a wonderful person in Duke but know you have many wonderful memories of your life together. Eva and I will be thinking about you and have you in our prayers.
    Sincerely, Sam (class of 1950) and Eva Dunlap

  7. Kenny and Ginny Weber Says:

    Jan, I was completely blown away and caught off guard when you called last night. I just wanted to give you a big hug. I wish I could have been there with you. Duane and I enjoyed many conversations
    about everything from sports, people I new and our memories of the four of us in New Orleans. What a fun trip.
    We love you Jan. Please keep my phone number(225/954-2111 and call when you can, we will do the same as well.
    We are praying for you and the family. You and Duane will forever be in our thoughts.
    Love You
    Kenny and Ginny Weber
    16638 Woodlawn Acs.
    Baton Rouge, LA. 70817

  8. Keith Lohr Says:

    Just this last year I learned that Duke was in the KC area and was able to reconnect with him. Though his family doesn’t know me (I was an two years behind him in Corydon High School) Duke was quite an athlete and leader in our school. Though we only had lunch together once this summer plus a few telephone calls, it was great fun to reminisce and exchange stories of our high school days. I hope Duke enjoyed those conversations as much as I did. He was a great guy and will certainly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family.

  9. Christopher M Habben Says:

    Jan and Family:

    Amy, Maggie, Clayton and I have treasured every moment as your neighbors. We shall forever miss seeing Duane at work and at play simply enjoying life and conversation from the den of his garage. Duane was a such an inviting and welcoming man. Our kids, especially Clay, loved “showing off” for him.

    We pray that God will sustain and comfort you in this very difficult time of loss.


    Chris, Amy, Maggie and Clayton Habben

  10. Sally McKinney Says:

    I was saddened to hear that Duane is gone. Even thought I hadn’t talked to him in years, I will always remember him from when we both worked at Commodity News in the early 1970s. He was funny, kind and generous and I know he will be missed.

    My sincere condolences,
    Sally McKinney

  11. Brenda Grismore Says:

    I Loved my Father and I miss him dearly! I could always talked to him and he always made sense and inspired me to never give up! Love Brenda

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