Raymond Lyndol Gray
September 12, 1927 – April 13, 2018
Raymond Lyndol Gray passed away on April 13, 2018, at age 90. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Redemptorist) Church, on Saturday, April 21, at 9:30AM. Visitation 6-8PM on Friday, April 20 at Floral Hills Funeral Home. Burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Community Hospice, 9740 West 87th St, Overland Park, Kansas 66212; 913-621-5000; www.catholiccommunityhospice.org.
Fourth of fifteen children, he was born to Grace Gray (Arnold)and Clarence Raymond Gray of Aurora, Missouri. Beloved husband of 66 years to Rose Mary Gray (Cloughley), dear father of Kathryn Stumpf, Joan Cleaveland (Leo Meyer), David Gray and Steven Gray (Maryanne), dear grandfather of Jason (Jana), Jessica (Kevin), Keely, Mica, Dylan and Irene, dear great grandfather of Emma, Jack, Kamdyn, Jordan and Sedona. He was also a brother, uncle, great uncle, cousin, friend and mentor.
Ray was an engineer by trade, but his talents also included building, creating and designing useful household gadgets that helped make Rose’s life much easier. As his children we were lucky to have many homemade toys - a child sized kitchen cabinet, a wonder horse, a sandbox, ping pong table and a swing set all built by Dad. Over the years, he also helped others and was involved with our schools and churches to provide his expertise to other projects. Always a handyman, he could fix or improve just about anything. About 35 years ago, he began a major project of building his last home to retire in. With his innovative ideas and Rose’s reminders of how to improve from previous homes, he designed a dream home with so many wonderful features not available with other builders.
Having grown up on a farm, he had a passion for farming and tractors. Coming from a large family struggling during the Depression, his experiences motivated him to make a comfortable life for his own family and to help his parents and siblings as well. He became a Master Gardener after retirement and spent time helping others learn about gardening and sharing his expertise. An avid reader, he had knowledge on any subject you might wonder about and his book collection is the envy of most libraries. He was an excellent resource for historical information and showed us how much can be learned from the past. As a self-educated man, he taught his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren many of life’s lessons – the most important was to always be learning. Thank God for our loving Dad – he touched so many throughout his life and will be greatly missed!
Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com.
Arr.: Newcomer's Floral Hills, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133, (816) 353-1218.
- Visitation Friday, April 20, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, April 21, 2018
- Committal Service Saturday, April 21, 2018