Gray, John

Passed: January 07, 2013


Following a short illness, John David Gray, 76, formerly of Avilla, Indiana peacefully passed away in his home in Buckeye, Arizona on Monday, January 7, 2013. He was born on March 17, 1936 in Tennessee the son of John L. Gray and Lula Mae Smith Gray (Hood). He attended Union Chapel Church in Fort Wayne, IN. John was a self-made man and founded and co-owned Roofing Products Int’l, a rubber manufacturing company in Wawaka, IN; Pemco Adhesives Inc., Auburn, IN; and American Building Supply Co., Ft. Wayne, IN. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, M. Patricia (Closson) Gray, Buckeye, AZ, two daughters, Joyce (Craig) Amacker of Naples, FL and Michelle (Vernon) Smith, Tucson, AZ. Surviving grandchildren are Erik Amacker, Naples, FL, Marissa Letz, Goodyear, AZ, Krista, Marianna, Miranda and Khristian Letz, Tucson, AZ. Also surviving are three brothers, Verlin (Bonnie) Gray, Ft. Wayne, Jay Hood, Liberty Center, IN, and William Hood, Ft. Wayne, two sisters, Dallie Snyder, Garrett, IN and Deborah (Kenneth) Spillers, Ft. Wayne. Preceding John in death were a brother, Finley (Pam) Hood, and sisters Nellie Worrell, Mary Jane Torres, and Corinna Gray. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Union Chapel Church, 12628 Coldwater Rd., Ft. Wayne. Pastor Gary Reiber will be officiating. Interment will follow at the Huntertown Cemetery. Friends will be received from 2-4pm and 6-8pm on Friday, January 18, 2013 at Union Chapel Church, 12628 Coldwater Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN. Preferred memorials are to Union Chapel Church, 12628 Coldwater Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN 46845 or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Condolences can be sent to Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

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