James Dray

December 2, 1931December 9, 2012

James Dray, 81, of Rockford left this earth to join his heavenly family Sunday, December 9, 2012. James was born December 2, 1931, in Rockford, son of Clyde and Elizabeth (Charlton) Dray. He served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Sheridan during the Korean War. He married Sue Short on January 15, 1956. They were inseparable. When you saw one, you would see the other. Sue passed away November 8, 2011.

He was the owner of Dray’s Plastering. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed following his grandchildren’s endeavors through life, playing cards, shooting pool, sharing stories and helping others. He had a nickname for everyone. In retirement he enjoyed reading his Bible, working in his yard and having lunch at Alpine View Restaurant. He lived a full life.

Survived by son, Joseph (Tammy) Dray; daughter, Karen (Scott) Hulick; grandchildren, Trisha, Cassie and Tyler Dray, Logan and Jordan Hulick; great grandchild, Joscelyn Posada; sister, Diane (Tony) Rodriquez.

Predeceased by parents, wife, Sue, grandchild, Luke Hulick, brothers, Bill, Joe and Duane Dray, sisters, Arlene Casazza, Betty Durns, Marilyn Baxter and JoAnn Dray. Memorial Service 10:30 a.m. Saturday December 15 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Brenda Byrne will officiate. Visitation 9:30 a.m. to time of service at 10:30 a.m. Memorials may be given to the family. Online condolences may be submitted at


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, December 15, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Lorraine Lucas

December 19, 2012

He was a good man and good friend

Tom McCoy

December 17, 2012

I am so sorry to hear that Jim has passed. But he's in Jehovah God's memory with Sue , and I can't wait to see them again in the New System. My love to Joe and Karen and their families. Peace

dan&jan allen

December 17, 2012

life is liken to book filled with many chapters, i'am blessed with to have chapters in my book with jimmy, our deepest sympathy, dan&jan allen

kelly dray

December 16, 2012

With my deepest sympathy I am sorry to hear about uncle Jimmy he will always be in my heart. All of you are in my prayers.

Jack James, jr.

December 15, 2012

Remembering the good times working with the two "Jims". Jim Dray was the jokester, the one that made the job alittle easier. A great guy, I will miss him.

Niki Hollis

December 15, 2012

To the Drays & Hulicks,
May you forever hold the memories of Jim dear to your heart. Him & Sue were great people and will forever be missed. We love you all & are praying for your strength during this difficult time. Love, Cory, Niki, Logan & Calleigh Hollis

Wade & Sandy Vance

December 15, 2012

Jim as we know him was a great guy, not only was he a hard worker but and honest man. Both he and Sue will be missed.

Kathy St. John Kobs

December 14, 2012

I am sorry for yor loss. He was a great man and will missed dearly. My prayers are with you all.

Rochelle and Joshua Dent

December 13, 2012

Dear Dray family, although I've never met you,
I know you very well. My son and I spent time
With your parents and grew to love them very
Much! You two were very fortuate to have had
Such loving, kind and giving parents. May you
Daily remember all the love bestowed upon you
By such majestic parents.

pat and buck hoey

December 13, 2012

our prayers goes to the family of jim .