David Gray, 31, Sauk City

October 4, 2018

David James Gray, 31, of Sauk City, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.

Dave was born Sept. 20, 1987, to Brenda and Jim Gray Jr., in Milwaukee.

He lost his battle with his opioid addiction on Sept. 30, 2018. Dave struggled with this for more than 10 years, taking him to dark places, alone. We learned to cherish the sober days, as Dave had a quick wit and was genuinely warm, compassionate, generous and always rooted for the underdog.

As a young child, Dave suffered a significant hearing loss which seemed to sharpen his other senses, especially vision. He saw things many of us missed, figuratively and literally. Specifically an emu in the powder plant, we didn’t believe him until we saw it in the paper the next week, or a king fisher while tubing on Lake Wisconsin.

Dave had great friendships in his life. The first, Daren Kamrath, it seemed that they were inseparable, whether going to an auction, buying peacocks or playing euchre in the milk house. The second, his grandfather, Ivan Groth. They may have been in a “shoot off” at the Leland Trap Club when Dave was about 12-it seemed to go on forever, making bologna, and with his brother Mike, strategically planning the sacred deer hunt. I suspect they occasionally “covered” for each other, and got into a bit of trouble together. He also had a very special relationship with his Grandma Gerri, always spending parts of his summer in Milwaukee, exploring the city, collecting coins, and she taught him to make the best chocolate frosting.

Dave is survived by his mom and dad, Brenda Gray and Jim Gray Jr.; his brother, Mike; sister-in-law, Audrey; niece and nephew, Penny and Leo, whom he cherished; his maternal grandmother, Kathleen Gray; and step-grandmother, Liz Groth; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Geraldine (Baier) Michalak and Ivan Groth; paternal grandfather, James Gray; and best friend, Daren Kamrath.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at Hooverson Funeral Home, Sauk City.

Our son and brother left a lasting impression on those he loved, and those who loved him. We will miss you forever. Memorials may be given to the family or to the Community Activated Recovery Enhancement or C.A.R.E. program in Prairie du Sac.

Hooverson Funeral Home is assisting the family. For online condolences, visit hooversonfuneralhomes.com.

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