Robert H. Gray

October 23, 1912May 5, 2014

Robert H. Gray passed away on May 5, 2014 at the age of 101. He was born to Otto and Jessie Gray of Prineville, OR on October 23, 1912. He grew up on a cattle ranch near Prineville where he attended a one-room, eight-grade country school house. He graduated from Prineville High School and went on to complete three years at the University of Oregon. The family moved to the Seattle area in 1934 where he completed his college degree at the University of Washington in 1936. In 1941 he married Lois Meacham.

Bob served in the army during World War II primarily stationed in Alaska. He worked for Graybar Electric Company and in 1948 transferred from Seattle to Spokane as Operations Manager. Spokane has continued to be their home to present. He left Graybar to go into the finance business where he established offices at Shadle Park and Lincoln Heights. After selling the business he worked in real estate during the 1970’s.

Bob was involved in many community activities including serving on the Junior Symphony Board, and an active member of the Junior Achievement Program. He was a charter member of the Shadle Lions Club, later transferring to the Manito Loins Club where he was a past president and 40 year member. Bob started the Spokane Marketeers Investment Club in 1955 which still exists. He and wife Lois were members of the Manito Presbyterian Church since 1950.

Although Bob and his wife Lois did not travel extensively during their retirement they spent numerous years visiting western states and Canada, particularly enjoying Hawaii for many winters. More than 40 summers have been spent enjoying their cabin on Coeur d’Alene Lake.

Bob will be dearly missed by his children, Carol North and husband Brad of Bellevue, Gordon Gray and wife Jeane of Kenmore, Kathy Montgomery and husband Ted of Redmond, in addition to his four grandchildren, Brian, Christine, Kyle and Lisa, along with 10 great grandchildren. He leaves one sister, Berniece Ackerman of Medford, OR and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Lois and son Philip.

At his request there will be no memorial service. A casual social with family and friends will be held Saturday, May 10th at 2:00 P.M. at Rockwood South Hill, Main lounge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rockwood Foundation. Inurnment will be at Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville, OR. Arrangements under the direction of Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane, WA.


  • Casual Social Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Lisa Bedard

June 2, 2014

It is such a rare blessing to have had Grandpa's presence in our lives for so many years. One can only hope to have the sharp mind and physical capabilities that Grandpa was blessed with in his late years. He has left our family with a legacy to be cherished for his love, strength, commitment, and generosity over a lifetime. Thank you, Grandpa. We will miss you. I love you! -Lisa

Brian North

May 27, 2014

Grandpa was a special guy who blessed us all in his own quiet kind of way. We are all blessed to have had him in our lives as long as we did - not many people know their great-grandfather as my kids have! I'm going to miss him!

May 17, 2014

Dad was an inspiration to so many people for an incredible number of years. His keen mind, sweet gentle soul, sense of humor, and strong love of family were always evident right up to his last days. He will be missed by many, particularly his family during our cherished times at Coeur d'Alene Lake. Love you Dad, Kathy and Ted

May 12, 2014

The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extends our deepest sympathies to the family of Robert H. Gray for your loss. We honor him for the service and sacrifice he has made for our nation, he is a true hero.

Gale Poor

May 8, 2014

I will miss my Uncle Bob! He and my Aunt Lois were a
special couple. I wish I had lived closer to them when
growing up and in later years. My thoughts are with
Carol, Gordon and Kathy. Rest in Peace Bob. Gale Poor

May 8, 2014

May all your good memories of times spent with him wash over you as blessings and ease the pain of your loss. You are all in our prayers. Mary and Howard

Rose Stidham

May 7, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a wonderful legacy he has left in you all. God bless you, Rose

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