April 23, 1921 – June 29, 2020
John Gray was born on April 23, 1921 and passed away on June 29, 2020 and is under the care of Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home.
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Steven herbert Anderson
June 30, 2020
I remember John quite well if this is the one who was dearly loved by his family. For his love of simple life and talking to animals, and loving to help people. But a very good father. Everything I ever needed to know about Joan and John, was a stuffed rabbit on their bed, not far from the kitchen. The rabbit meant their deep love for children and each other, and never letting that fade. The bowl from England that was about timers for Lloyd. Dennis flying kites. And Heidi and Sammy on the day we picked up the Airedale. Heidi in the pool. Robert the art gallery cat under Amy's bed. And John kneeling down, and saying, "Hello, Robert.", as Robert stared at him. And the adults who still called John, "daddy!". I'll always remember: "Do your job." & "Nummies, Heidi. Nummies".
But also the shop with every kind of tool that probably ever existed. And the quiet easy way of John among family. Or the joy of riding along on a 1914 Simplex in Dayton. And the Christmas's I shared with all of you. Thank you for those great memories. And the video of johns first car, a Hillman Minx, (when I house sat, I watched one video, but then didn't anymore. It seemed invasive.) I remember him sleeping as I made a pen/ink portrait of he, but also Amy at your home. And then finding out that Amy would eventually marry one of my closest kin. I was just happier when I learned she became a real coupon-clipping soccer van mom. Saw her a few years back. But was just happy to just watch her with the kids, then she left. That grocery cart was jam-packed. I would have paid for the cart's cargo, but she left before I learned the three kids names. I remember that John never talked about anyone else but his own family. Love for the two granddaughters of Rich and Suzy. I remember the profound influence John had on Denny. And how his business ethics became like the family, which is why I gave Denny the company that John gave me. I'm so thankful for the chance of knowing all of you. Thank you.