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James Dray

JAMES DRAY, 81 ROCKFORD - James Dray, 81, of Rockford left this earth to join his heavenly family Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. James was born Dec. 2, 1931, in Rockford, son of Clyde and Elizabeth (Charlton) Dray. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Sheridan during the Korean War. He married Sue Short on Jan. 15, 1956. They were inseparable. When you saw one, you would see the other. Sue passed away Nov. 8, 2011. He was the owner of Dray's Plastering. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed following his grandchildren's endeavors through life, playing cards, shooting pool, sharing stories and helping others. He had a nickname for everyone. In retirement he enjoyed reading his Bible, working in his yard and having lunch at Alpine View Restaurant. He lived a full life. Survived by son, Joseph (Tammy) Dray; daughter, Karen (Scott) Hulick; grandchildren, Trisha, Cassie and Tyler Dray, Logan and Jordan Hulick; great-grandchild, Joscelyn Posada; and sister, Diane (Tony) Rodriquez. Predeceased also by parents; grandchild, Luke Hulick; brothers, Bill, Joe and Duane Dray; and sisters, Arlene Casazza, Betty Durns, Marilyn Baxter and JoAnn Dray. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to time of service; Brenda Byrne will officiate. Memorials may be given to the family. For online condolences go to sunsetfhmemgardens.com.

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Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2012
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