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Merle Ivan Gray


1925 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Merle Ivan Gray Obituary
Merle Ivan Gray, 89, Independence, Mo., passed away Monday, March 17, 2014.

Merle was born January 20, 1925, in Brookfield, Mo., the son of Albert and Mary (Giulford) Gray. He was a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, serving during World War II. He retired in 1982 from Armco Steel as supervisor. Merle was a member of the Nazarene Church. He enjoyed traveling, snow and water skiing, fishing, scuba diving and motorcycle trail riding with his family. He married Verna Hollenbeck on February 9, 1945, she survives of the home.

Additional survivors include his grandson, Steven Michael Gray Jr. and wife, Lindsay; great-granddaughter, Lilah Gray; daughter-in-law, Cathy Arnold and husband, Harold; and additional nieces, nephews, and family. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Michael Gray Sr. in 1987; sister, Patricia Cunningham; and his parents.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, 816-373-3600. A celebration of Merle's life will be follow at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be at a later date at Floral Hills East.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Girl's Town of Missouri.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.
Published in The Examiner on Mar. 19, 2014
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