William Grant Gray Shawnee
A celebration of life for Grant Gray, 93, will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee.
He was a fourth-generation Kansan from a family of 10 living in Cherryvale, near the original homestead in southeast Kansas, the son of William and Edith Gray. Active in sports, he found particular success in football, track, and basketball and kept his interest intense as a lifelong fan of the Kansas Jayhawks.
Entering Kansas University during the hardest days of the 1930s, his plan to become a pharmacist yielded to opportunity in Wichita as part of the war effort production. Called into the nation's service in the Army, he went to North Africa and Italy as a medical tech sergeant. After the war, he followed business opportunities to Kansas City, where he founded Gray's Trailer Bottle Gas with his brother, Jim. Later, Grant worked for Safeway Foods until he retired in 1983.
His wife, Janice, the former Ruby Jean Williams, and an infant, Harvey Jack, died earlier.
Survivors include a brother, Jim, Harrisonville, Mo.; a sister, Juanita, Cherryvale; two sons, Randy, Overland Park, and David, Prairie Village; and two grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Missouri Boys State, P.O. Box 667, Warrensburg, MO 64093 or Kansas Meals on Wheels.
Online condolences can be made at amosfamily.com.
Arr.: Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee.
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