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James Gray

JAMES O. GRAY, age 87 years, dearly beloved husband for 59 years to the late Betty Jean (nee Griffith), dear father of Robert J. (wife Linda), Debbie Beck (husband Robert) and Linda Gray, loving grandfather of Kelley Hixson, Katie Green, Daniel and David Gray, Brandon, Bryan and Brent Beck, and Heather Hamrle, great-grandfather of 12 (with one on the way), devoted brother of the late Eddie and Leo. Mr. Gray was a United States Navy veteran, and a retired supervisor for Towmotor / Caterpillar. Contributions in memory of Jim suggested to Heather Hill Employee Fund, 12340 Bass Lake Rd., Chardon, OH 44024.

Memorial services Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Garfield Memorial Church, 3650 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike (44124) at 12 Noon. Private interment in Acacia Memorial Park. Family will receive friends to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Jim at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just East of Green Rd.) TUESDAY 3-5 AND 6-8 PM.


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  1. Darcy & Paul Hegreness :

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    May the truth of Gods word bring you comfort.
    We hope that the special memories of your father and grandfather will help you through this most difficult time.
    He was a very special man and we enjoyed spending time with him at family and school funtions.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Darcy and Paul

    • Thanks for your prayers and words of encouragement they are greatly appreciated. Dad will be missed greatly but we focus on the good years we had with him and rejoice that’s he’s with the Lord and Mom

  2. We would like to offer our condolences to the family. May the peace of God guard your hearts during this difficult time and help you to cope with the loss of a wonderful person. Thinking of you .

  3. Dear Linda So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

    • Thanks so much, Ileen, for your thoughtfulness in sending this condolence. Your words are comforting during this very difficult time


  4. We have the opportunity during our work careers to work with and for special people, Jim was one of the very special people. I recall his smile, his sense of humor, his compassion for his fellow workers, and his love for his wife and family. My sympathy to you and your extended families, Craig Reich(Caterpillar)

  5. To the Jim Gray family. Our prayers are with you. Your father and grandfather was a good Christian man. He was a good disciple of our Lord and he will be missed. Remember the blessings and love he had for all of you. May he rest in peace. Orley Aten (Tow/Cat friend & Associate).

  6. Our sincerest sympathy to you on the death of your husband and our friend/co-worker. May he rest in peace.

    Patti Boyd
    TOW-CAT Reunion Committee

  7. E. Wayne Mills :

    Wayne Mills
    I was honored to work with Jim at Caterpillar. Jim was always able bring out the best in all of us.
    A great Christian friend.

  8. Carol Serksnis :

    Dear Family,
    Each member of the Gray family embrased me as a young mother and wife and guided me with their inherient gift of joy and acts of kindness. Elizabeth, Betty, Jim, Debbie, Linda, Bob and Lynn brought me into their family with great love.
    My deepest wish for a peaceful acceptance goes out to all of you.
    Your love has impacted each person within my family and for that I thank you deeply.
    Carol, Dorian, Megan, Olivia

    • Thanks to all of you! Your love and friendship over these many years is greatly appreciated as are these kind words of encouragement for all of us. God bless you.

  9. To Bob and Family:

    So vary sorry for your loss. Your father was a great man and Iam sure was a wonderful mentor to all of you. I am sure his experienced wisdom and kindnes will stay with you for ever. My prayers are with you and peace be with you and your family in these trying times.
    Gary Maczik

  10. Mary Lou Campbell :

    Your parents were such a blessing to my parents, and our family. My Mom and Dad were friends with your parents- my Dad ( Tom Lajeunesse) worked with your Dad. ( they also golfed together. )Over the years, I would visit them with my Mom ( Elizabeth Lajeuness. ). I remember their openness, kindness and love they showed to us. They were both well loved by my parents and me as well. I didn’t know your Dad or Mom well but my Mom still talks about the Jackson Valley golfing outings. Your father has picked up family from the airport in times of needs, your Mom was with my Mom when my Dad died, and my mom was sick. Can’t say enough good about him. Your Dad served this world with gentleness, and did not advertise his good deeds. Much love to your family and know your Dad will be missed!

  11. Mary Ann Jackopin :

    Always remember Jim Gray as a thoughtful, caring, special friend from experiences working with him at Caterpillar/Mitsubishi. To his family — May those wonderful memories help to ease the pain of his loss.

  12. Industrial Tool Specialist :

    Bob and family:

    We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May happy memories always come to mind when remembering the time you shared with him.

    • Thanks to all of you at ITS greatly appreciate the thoughts and prayers, and especially the relationship we have enjoyed these many years.

  13. I’m so sorry for your loss Linda. You are in my thoughts and prayers through this tough time.

  14. Valerie Griffith :

    Dear family,
    Uncle Jim was always a loving and caring presence in my life. His love and his support of Uncle Les, at the time of Dad’s passing, was a gift beyond measure.
    I am with there, in spirit, at the memorial today.
    All my love,

  15. Betts Lajeunesse :

    I am going to miss your dad so much. He and your mother have been a very important part of the Lajeunesse families’ lives, and I can’t even express the love and gratitude we feel for them. I will always hold them close to my heart and in my fondest memories. Your dad had a wonderful sense of humor which we all appreciated, yet we could have heart-to-heart talks with him five minutes after laughing so hard we were crying. The Jackson Valley pound of bacon with eggs fried in the bacon grease which he lovingly cooked for the group made my Tom so happy, because I wouldn’t cook his eggs in grease at home. I feel I am a better person because I was a friend of Betty and Jim Gray! I know Jim is happy with our Savior, but we are still allowed to miss him. My most sincere sympathy to all of your lovely family. How you are loved!!!

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