Bernard J. "Bernie" Gray

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Bernard "Bernie" J. Gray Wacousta Age 84, our loving companion, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend passed away December 9, 2012. Born September 16, 1928 in Washington, D.C. Bernie was a veteran serving with the U.S. Air Force. He began his long career becoming an agent with John Hancock for 20 years, later with U.S. F. & G. for 10 years, and most recently with the David Chapman agency. He enjoyed fishing Lake Michigan on his wooden boat "Charisma". He remained a licensed Airplane Pilot into his 80's. He was the Governor for the past 8 years of the Quiet Birdmen "QB's". He was a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association; life member of the V.F.W. Post 6986 in Onondaga; member of the American Legion Post 0153; member of the 40 et 8; member of the N.R.A.; member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1039; member of the Ducks Unlimited. Bernie loved the air and the sea. Surviving are his companion of 35 years, Esther "Sunshine" Erickson; his daughters, Deborah Ann Gray, and Pauline "Polly" Gray; 2 grandchildren Teal (Robert) Campbell, and Susanne Gray; great-grandson, Kaleb Campbell; longtime dear friend, Richard Moulton; and numerous friends, business associates and fellow group members. Bernie was preceded in death by his parents Pauline and James Howard. Visitation is from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday with services 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15, in the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing. Military honors will be provided by the Morley Oates V.F.W. Post #701. Contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society in memory of Bernie. Friends may visit the guest book at www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 12, 2012
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