Russell Earl Gray

Born: Mon., Aug. 4, 1930
Died: Tue., Mar. 24, 2020

Private Graveside Service

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

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Russell Earl Gray, our beloved father and friend passed away on March 24, 2020 at the age of 89.  He was born on August 4, 1930 in Renovo, PA son of Joanna “Anna” and James L. Gray.  Russ held many jobs at various locations but his most memorable time spent at General Electric Company in Erie, PA and Hammermill Paper Company in Lock Haven, PA. 

He served as a member of the US Navy from February 1952 - February 1956 as a Radio operator on the USS Newport News earning a national defense service medal, good conduct medal and navy occupation service medal. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.  Russ was a social member of the Sons of Italy.  He is survived by his children, Cheryl Sikoraskas, Craig (Kris) Gray, Chris Schwarz (Craig Renner), Michael (Lynn) Gray, Steven (Christine) Gray, Nikki Gray (Jamie Hanafy) along with 12 grandchildren: Lacy, Kylie, Ellie, Michael, Katie, Courtney, Alex, Eric, Bennett, Joshua, Lily and Molly 2 great grandchildren: Gavyn and Brayden, numerous nieces and nephews and brother-in-law, David Glossner and was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Gray, and brothers Donald, James, Clifford and sister Marge. 

A graveside memorial service for the family will be held at Rest Haven Memorial at 11:00 on Friday, March 27, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC, 121 W. Main Street, Lock Haven.

Memorial contributions in Russ’s honor can be made to your favorite Veteran’s service or Animal shelter.

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Tom, Anne and Justin Howes
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Chris, Courtney, Alex and Eric, and family we are deeply saddened for your families loss. We loved your grandfather known as Pap. Please know that we keep your family in our hearts and prayers during this very difficult time. He was an amazing and inspirational man and we pray that you will find comfort in your memories of him. Know he is at peace and how much he loved you all. Please know if there is anything that you or your family needs we will be there for you all. Love and prayers, Tom, Anne and Justin Howes

Bill Baney
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Craig, Kris, and family....I'm going to miss your dad, and his talks about his family garden while at the Hilltop.

Susan and Wayne Askey
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
To all family members, so sorry for your loss.

Kelli Pitt
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
From the Schwarz the Schwarz family, we send strength through prayer and faith to heal your pain. RIP Russell Gray..

Mike Peters
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
Speaking on behalf of the Alpha Alpha Chapter and the AA Alumni Corporation of Kappa Delta Rho of Lock Haven University, we would like to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Gray. When word was posted on our website, numerous brothers mentioned they were saddened to hear, and left many comments. I think the most often repeated was 'he was great neighbor, and a great guy'. So many said things starting with 'remember that time...'.
Our local chapter was fortunate to have Mr. Gray as a neighbor beginning in 1991. He quickly became more of a friend than a neighbor. He would usually be out doing something in his yard, and guys would relax in the backyard between/after classes. He would come over and hang out and spend time with us. He always told us he would call us if he ever thought we were 'getting out of hand' before he would call the police. That meant a lot to us, and especially the alumni.
He left quite an impression on at least 5 classes of our brothers while we still had the house. Know that when we speak of Mr. Gray, it will always be with smiles on our faces.
The Brothers of the Alpha Alpha chapter of Kappa Delta Rho

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