ELYRIA - Robert Edward "Tootsin" Gray Jr., 71, of Elyria, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, in the University Hospital of Cleveland, following a long illness.
He was born in Xenia, coming to Elyria many years ago.
Mr. Gray was a graduate of Xenia High School and he entered the U.S. Marine Corps
He worked for U.S. Republic of Elyria.
Mr. Gray was a member of Church of Christ in Lorain. He was very passionate about cars and attending car shows, was also an avid fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors.
He will be sadly missed by his daughters, Robin (John) Turney of Titusville, Fla., and Teresa (Richard) Nard of Xenia; sons, Martell Gray of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Chad Johnson of Daytona Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, George L. Gray of Xenia; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Mr. Gray was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Sr. and Mary E. Gray; sons, Wayne Gray and Ronald Gray; and sister, Marilyn Langston.
Friends may call Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. at Church of Christ, 5075 Toledo Road, Lorain. Minister James Hiser will officiate services. Burial will be at Brookdale in Elyria.
Arrangements entrusted to Carter Funeral Homes, Inc., 3001 Elyria Ave, Lorain, 440-244-5200.
Online condolences may be sent to www.Carterfuneralhomesinc.com.