Edward Peter Kray

February 12, 1969March 21, 2014
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Edward Peter Kray, 45, of Ankeny, went to be with his Lord surrounded by his family on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston of brain cancer. Funeral services will be Monday, March 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM at Prairie Ridge Church, 825 NW 36th St, Ankeny. A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 6 – 8 PM at Ankeny Funeral Home, 1510 W 1st St.

Ed was born on February 12, 1969 in Minneapolis; the son of Donald and Joyce Edson Kray. He graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in St. Paul and University of Minnesota in Environmental Sciences. Ed married Jana Hoksbergen on July 31, 1993 and they later divorced. To this union, he was blessed with two daughters, Kaitlyn and Carleigh, whom he adored. Ed worked for the city of Ames as an Engineering Technician for the past twelve years. He grew fond of the residents of Ames who brought him treats while he was working.

Ed enjoyed the outdoors and especially fishing. He was a huge Minnesota Gophers fan and a converted Iowa State Cyclone fan. Ed loved sports and especially loved working with his daughters, tirelessly pitching balls to them so they could perfect their hitting skills. With a booming laugh, Ed was a rough and tough Teddy Bear with a heart of gold. He was an excellent cook who enjoyed grilling and was a member of Prairie Ridge Church in Ankeny. Many friends will greatly miss “Big Ed.”

Ed is survived by his daughters, Kaitlyn Kray and Carleigh Kray, both of Ankeny; his parents, Don and Joyce Kray of St. Paul; his former wife, Jana Kray, and her parents, Ralph and Lois Hoksbergen, all of Ankeny; brothers, Glenn (Gina) Kray of St. Paul, David (Cathy) Kray of Roseville, MN and Thomas Kray of St. Paul; a sister, Lori (David) Stafford of Forest Lake, MN; a brother-in-law, Randy (Kallie) Hoksbergen of Ankeny; a sister-in-law, Laura (Brad) Hickman of Phoenix; 18 nieces and nephews; a great-niece; uncles, Daniel (JoAnn) Edson of Grand Marais, MN and David (Shari) Edson of Maplewood, MN; aunts, Joan (Jerome) Pieper of Norwood, MN, Gale Nelson of Woodbury, MN, Linda (Dallas) Schute of New Brighton, MN; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Margaret Kray and George and Marie Edson; and his aunt and uncle, Rita and Robert Waste.

As a show of sympathy, memorial contributions should be directed to the family to be used for Ed’s daughter’s education. On-line condolences may be expressed at


  • Visitation Sunday, March 23, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 24, 2014

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Todd Larson

March 26, 2014

Having Ed as a friend brought many fond memories I will always cherish. Sorry for his passing, he will now look over us peacefully from above.

Doug Clement

March 25, 2014

The entire CMT staff would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Kray family. Ed will be missed by both his friends and colleagues, may we all remember him as we push on.

Diane Wilhelm-Johnson

March 25, 2014

I am very sad to hear of Ed's passing, and I wish to extend my most sincere sympathy to his daughters and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I had the good fortune of working with Ed at the City of Ames.

Marty Cavegn

March 25, 2014

Ed was full of life in all he did from football, to scouts to his rumbling laugh. Deepest sympathy to the entire family and all his friends.

Rick Racine

March 24, 2014

Our prayers are with his family. It is so hard to believe. We were close friends in high school. Ed's nick name was "Big Dog". He was a great guy and will be missed.

Lisa Cullins

March 23, 2014

I was so sad to hear this. Our prayers go out to the family. Ed always cheered all the girls on in softball. He will be missed by alot of people.
Matt,Lisa,Logan and KC

Tracy Schmitz (Goar)

March 23, 2014

I am so sad to hear this news. Ed was a close high school friend and I remember his "hearty" laugh, lots of great memories. My sympathies to his entire family.

Annette Thompson

March 23, 2014

Ed was a great coworker. He was devoted to doing everything to the best of his ability. There was never any doubt how devoted he was to his daughters and how much he loved them. He was a giant of a man and a born leader. We will all miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Debi Craven

March 22, 2014

I've known Ed for several years since my work at the Iowa DOT and his at the City of Ames intertwined. I hope this song provides you with comfort. I listen to it quite often. My thoughts are with all of you. Dancing in Heaven.

Duane Hassebrock

March 22, 2014

Ed was a great guy to work with. I considered him my friend. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to all the family and friends. God Bless