|Keith Jacob Gray
January 31, 1928–March 28, 2013
|Keith Jacob Gray, age 85, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 Thursday morning, March 28, 2013 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Anamosa. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, with Military Honors. Friends called from 4 until 8 Wednesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Surviving are six children, Flete (Pat) Gray, Maplewood, Minnesota, Jennifer (Mike) Brown, Lowden, Clint (Monica) Gray, Monticello, Mat (Marilyn) Gray, Wyoming, Gail (Andy) Coleman, Cedar Rapids, Corrie (Calvin) Stanley, Berryton, Kansas, sixteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and his sister Rosemary (Dr. John) Bailey, Anamosa. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Helen and three brothers, Charles, David and Stuart.
Keith Jacob Gray was born January 31, 1928 at Anamosa, Iowa. He was the son of Charles and Esther (Van Slyke) Gray. Keith graduated from the Anamosa Community Schools with the class of 1946. He then started farming with his parents. On August 15, 1946 Keith Gray married Helen Maude Schuchman at the Gray family home in Anamosa. The couple farmed in the Center Junction area.
When Keith was drafted in 1955 into the United Starts Army, the couple lived near Washington D.C., at Fort Belvior and later at Fort Barry in San Francisco. They returned to the farm near Center Junction where they raised their family. Keith retired from active farming in 1992. He continued to live on the farm after Helen's death in 2007 and had only recently moved to the Anamosa Care Center.
Keith was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Anamosa and had belonged to the Center Junction Presbyterian Church. He had also been a Boy Scout leader for the Amber Boy Scout Troop, and had served on the Center Junction Co-Op Board.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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