Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1940

Ira Gray IRA GASTON GRAY, 94, of Abilene, TX, passed away April 27, 2016, with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa, TX Born in Ranger, TX on Nov. 4, 1921, Ira was the son of Ben & Mattie Gray. He attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1940 but moved to Odessa, TX, where he graduated from Odessa High School in 1941. He served during WWII in the U.S. Navy VB19 Squadron (1942-1946) & was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a gauger for Gulf Pipeline for 44 years. Ira married Dorothy Watson in Dec. of 1949 in Carlsbad, NM. He was a charter member of Odessa Bible Church, serving as an elder for 35 years and served in the AWANA Children's Ministry. His pastimes included golfing, fishing and traveling. He moved from Odessa to Abilene in 2004. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Willard Gray (RHS-1937) and Edmond Gray and a sister, Murdell Gray Rowlett (RHS-1940). Ira is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Gray of Abilene; children, Debbie Osborn and husband Stephen of Abilene, Connie Patterson and husband Tomm of Trophy Club, TX; and Neal Gray and wife Kristi of Frisco, TX; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one on the way; and two brothers, Bobby Gray (RHS-1945) of Odessa and Jack Gray of Angleton.