Richard Oliver Gray
1926 - 2020
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Richard Oliver Gray

Transitioned to his heavenly home on Thursday, November 19, 2020; born April 11, 1926 to the late Cora Kegley Gray and William P. Gray. Also preceded in death by siblings, William R. Gray, Marian Gray Pfenning Kohler, Elizabeth Gray Clark, Virginia Gray Eischen. He greatly loved and reveled in the company of all of his relatives and friends. He is survived by many nieces and nephews that included five godchildren.

Richard enjoyed a career as office manager of Toledo's Ottawa Rubber Company and was a lifelong afficionado of theatre. He was active in all phases of the local community theatre and appeared in over 75 productions at "Toledo Repertoire Theatre," "Village Players," "Oregon Community Theatre," "Genoa Civic Theatre," and former "Cathedral Players," "Toledo Playhouse YWCA," and guest at "Mary Manse College." His idea of a grand vacation was to take in the theatre, restaurants and sites of New York City, which he did at every opportunity. He was also active in theatre organ societies, specifically DTOS and the former TATOS. Richard instituted the twice-yearly family "breakfast in the park" which has been a tradition for over 60 years and is regularly attended by 30 or more relatives and friends. He had a quick, hilarious wit, and one could rely on being entertained by his great humor. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

A private funeral mass will be held at Gesu Catholic Church, with arrangements provided by Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home. Contributions may go to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or charity of choice. Online condolences:

blanchardstrabler.com



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Published in The Blade from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, 2020.
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November 30, 2020
I just learned today that Richard passed away. As a driver for West Park Place I take residents to shopping and other appointments. He was always polite, well dressed and very independent. Sad for his loss. He was a great man and I took great pleasure in reading all the posts written in his honor.

Art Medlen
Art Medlen
Acquaintance
November 26, 2020
Uncle Dick & Harvey
Kevin Pfenning
Family
November 26, 2020
Uncle Zot
Kevin Pfenning
Family
November 26, 2020
GOD bless Uncle Dick and thanks for all the great memories!
Kevin Pfenning
Family
November 24, 2020
Correction , Uncle Dick was 91 , when I tried to help him step up in my truck and the picture is from that day , just a couple weeks after his Birthday .
Richard Place
Family
November 24, 2020
A few years back I found out I wasn’t Uncle Dick’s only God child . My aunt Sue said she was also , who are the other 3 ? I sure felt like I was the only one though , cause that man NEVER missed a Birthday or Christmas . When I was little , he always got me pajamas for my Birthday and one time a tent , which blew away when the Easter Sunday tornado hit Toledo in 65 . We had the best times as kids , having Uncle Dick around ! I can still hear that funny sounding whistle he would blow at the picnics, to call all of us kids , to come play the fish pond ! Uncle Dick told me about how he and a friend of his , stayed the night at the Potowatomi Inn ( I believe at Pokehagon sate park in Indiana ) to join in a bird watchers event the next morning , only to find out he and his friend got selected ( or hornswaggled ) and awakened at the wee hours of the morning , to make breakfast for the whole group ! Haha ! But Uncle Dick said that it was actually very nice and thought that would be a great idea to do with family , thus, the family picnics were started . I’ll miss talking to him cause he was the most interesting person to talk to and boy could he tell a good story . A true Jack Benny impersonator ! “ Rochester get me my cheesy violin haha ! “ Only one time in my whole life , did I see him get a little angry and that was a few years ago , when me and my sons were going to Al Smith’s , Uncle Dick was buying us lunch there and as we all stepped up into my 4 wheel drive Durango , I naturally , tried to assist the 90 yr old man who walked with a cane .. oh no , he made it clear he did NOT need any help . A proud, class act of a man . ❤
Richard Place
Family
November 23, 2020
We will always have memories. He was easily one of the kindest, gentlest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Always had the best stories to tell and an infectious laugh that could brighten anyone day. I am sure he had a positive impact on all who came in contact with him. He will be missed dearly. Our loss was heavens gain. Love Chad, Jill and Peyton
Chad
Family
November 23, 2020
I first met Dick while calling on Ottawa Rubber. He was very polite and smart. Later, as a parishioner of Gesu, we would see each other at mass. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. He would often "make my day". Godspeed Dick! Enjoy your Heavenly reward for a life well lived.
Chris Maloney
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