James Vincent Gray, 95, of Clifton, passed away peacefully Monday (Oct. 1, 2018), with his family at his bedside, at Bickford House in Bourbonnais.
He was born April 9, 1923, in Ashkum, the son of Bernard and Minnie Webber Gray.
James attended school in Ashkum and Cullom.
He married Lois Smith on April 25, 1950, and together they had six daughters and one son, Linda (Jerry) Bartusch, of North Carolina, Janet (Roger) Cast, of Bradley, Judy (Gary) Kolesar, of Manteno, Joyce Timmerman, of Pontiac, Carol (Steve) Kolesar, of Manteno, Carla (Dan) BeDell, of North Carolina, and Dale (Patricia) Gray, of Clifton. There are 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Paul Gray, of Cullom, and Gerald Gray, of Ashkum.
Preceding him in death were his wife; parents; a daughter; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; three brothers and two sisters.
James farmed all of his life in the Ashkum, Cullom and Essex areas. During World War II he started his own trucking company hauling steel throughout the war years. Later he went to work for AO Smith Corp. and remained there until his retirement. James loved traveling, was an avid sports fan. Most of all he really loved spending time with his family.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at St. Peters Catholic Church in Clifton, with the Rev. Douglas Hauber officiating. Burial will be in St. Peters Catholic Cemetery at Clifton.
Memorials may be made to St. Peters Catholic Church in Clifton.
Please sign his online guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.