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Kajaw J. Griffith

July 20, 2022

Kajaw J. Griffith, age 49, died July 20, 2022 in Newton Kansas. He was the son of Daniel Griffith and Dianna Gatewood.

Kajaw was born May 25, 1973 in Superior, Nebraska.

Moving to Newton Kansas, Kajaw worked and provided for his daughter Ally Griffith. It was while he was living in Newton that he met Priscilla Jordan and the two were happily married February 14, 2022 in Newton, Kanas. The two would go on to enjoy the precious moments they had together.

Kajaw enjoyed many hobbies and loved helping people in need. He would go on to help establish the Louis Oxford House and the Beverly Oxford House. He took great pride in helping others recover from substance abuse, and through his great work, he was able to achieve and maintain a high-level member status at the Oxford House Alumni. While helping others brought him great joy, nothing meant more to him than his daughter. She was the very center of his universe and simply being with her brought him joy.

To his family he also held a special place in all of their hearts. Not only was he a sibling, son or father, he was also the man of the family. He was always there for them to offer advice, help or just a hug whenever it was needed. Kajaw stepped into the role when he lost his father and was able to help support his family in the same way his father did.

Kajaw is preceded in death by his father Daniel.

Kajaw is survived by his wife Priscilla, daughter Ally, sisters, Karie Griffith and Jenaka Kelly. He is survived by his niece and nephew, Gavin and Grace Kelly and many friends who were like family to Kajaw.

Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2022 at the Petersen Funeral Chapel. A Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Petersen Funeral Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made out to the family and left in care of Petersen Family Funeral Home.

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23 thoughts on “Kajaw J. Griffith

  1. Our thoughts and prayers we send to you. Sorry for your loss. Kawjaw was a great person and he will be missed.

  2. Sorry for the family lost of a really great person. Kajaw was a really great guy. He will be missed by all the people that he met in his life. Praying for yall.

  3. Kajaw will always be remembered in my heart as a fun and outgoing friend from middle school though our adulthood. He made a difference here on earth and I am sorry for your your loss of such an amazing man, friend, father, husband.

  4. Kajaw, you are one of my real life heros. I had seen where you were……. (same places I was)…… and you made it out.
    The inspiration you gave me, I will never forget you.

  5. Kajaw has shed light on many people who felt so lost. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts are with you guys.

  6. My oldest and dearest friend. My brother. When there was no one in the world that cared,it was you who kept me going. You who helped me through the worst times in my life. I am and will forever be lost without you there. I love you more than anything my friend. Thank you for everything you did. You brought so much to the lives of so many. One struggles to even find a place to begin. You will be missed so deeply I can’t even put it in words.
    Forever your right hand
    Duane Dossey

  7. So sad! Kaj was the guy to look at a mountain, and not be overwhelmed about how far away the top was. He know how to talk with you, and wasn’t afraid of stating his opinions! He was a friend, I will never forget knowing, my regards to all his kin, your in my prayers

  8. You truely were an inspiration to many people ! Earth simply did nit deserve you. R.I.P. Kajaw. Your family will be in my prayers.

  9. Kajaw was one of my biggest supporters in my recovery and was an inspiration to so many people he came in contact with. He will be missed greatly.

  10. You will surely be missed my brother. We had a lot of good and sad times together. Always told me to keep my head up things would get better. Thanks for trying to keep my spirits up. We’ll meet again my friend

  11. He was one of a kind. The world was better with him in it. This is a great loss but he will never be forgotten.

  12. You, Kajaw, my friend, will be missed. No matter what was going on, you could always come through with some “Comic Relief”. One of the most intelligent, caring, warm, and empathetic people I was lucky enough to know. RIP old soul

  13. Kajaw, you will always be my homie. I pray that you are at peace. ❤️❤️❤️

  14. Prayers for all your family and friends. Enjoyed having you as a neighbor not long ago. Seems like I just saw you and we had a visit and now you’ve left us all.

  15. You will truly be miss Kajaw. You impacted so many people’s lives in such a kind way your light will be missed.you left a footprint on this world that will forever be remembered. Love and miss u best friend.❤️

  16. Kajaw, watching your transformation over the years was truly amazing. Your love for Ally and your family will help them be strong in the days, months and years to come. You inspired so many through recovery. We didn’t talk often as we should have but when we did there was always laughter. Until me meet again my friend.

  17. Kajaw I was always in awe of your strength and perseverance through your recovery. I was always telling everyone how proud I was of you. A true warrior and friend to all, with a million dollar smile. I will miss you so much. Rest In peace ❣️

  18. I knew Kajaw from my younger years, before recovery. I am so proud that he found and embraced a new way to live. That he was able to help others in need. My prayers go out to all his friends and family. May you lean on Christ during this devastating time.

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