Carl J. Gray

December 27, 1924May 11, 2013

Carl J. Gray, 88, of Lebanon, Ill., born December 27, 1924, in Lebanon, Ill., passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013, surrounded by family. Mr. Gray proudly served his country in the United States Army, 3rd Armored Division, during the Battle of the Bulge, in WWII; serving under General George S. Patton. He also was involved in the liberation of three concentration camps. He was a member of the local Gateway Chapter of the VBOB (Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge). He was also a member of the Belleville Plumber’s Local 101, for 50 years, the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department, for 22 years, and the Lebanon Singers Club. He was Mr. Fix-it, and was willing to take on any project for his family and friends. He enjoyed playing golf and taking family vacations. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, who will truly be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin C. and Lydia M., nee Bittles, Gray; two brothers, Gene and James Gray; and two sisters, Lois Gray and Doris Kues. Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, Flora Gray, nee Taber; his children, James (Kathi) Gray, Carla (James) Kelley, and Ellen (Robert) Nuernberger; his grandchildren, Sean (Sophia) Kelley, Jaime (Darren) Eads, Jason Gray, Shannon Sopko, William “Bobby” (Michelle) Taylor, and Emily Taylor; and eight great grandchildren, Riley, Tyler, Kayla, Krista, Sasha, Suri, Addison, and Nicholas. Memorials are appreciated to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. Condolences may also be expressed online at A celebration of Carl’s life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Lebanon, Illinois. Interment will be held privately in College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, Illinois.


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carla kelley

July 22, 2013

I miss you daddy more than words can say. Please continue to watch over mama I still need your help LOVE YOU LOTS Carla

July 11, 2013

I worked on many jobs with Carl. He was a top flight Plumber and more importantly a good friend.

My sympathies to his family.

Skip Rathke

May 30, 2013

Dear Ellen and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was a wonderful man with serving his country, his fire department and his family. He certainly had many great talents.

Sincerely, Linda and Charlie Chase

Sue & Jim Ryan

May 21, 2013

With our deepest sympathy.

LaVena Harris

May 20, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss! What a wonderful man he was.

Julie Haas Family

May 15, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Your Dad was a truly great man. Lots of memories.

Jaime Eads

May 15, 2013

I love you grandpa!!!!

May 15, 2013

Jim, Carla, Ellen So sorry about uncle Carls passing. Just remember all the good times you had with him. He will be missed greatly.

Willie, Penni, Nicole and Matt Liebig

May 14, 2013

We are so sorry for the loss of Carl! He was a great man!! He will be missed by many, seeing him driving around town :) let us know if there is anything we can do. Love to you all!!

Phyllis Siegel York

May 14, 2013

My sympathy to the Gray family. Carl and Flora were such dear friends to my Mom and Dad, Murrel and Theda Siegel. Our families share many wonderful memories. Hug my Mom and Dad for me Carl.