1923 - 2015
Porter Funeral Home
8535 Monrovia
Lenexa, KS
Robert A. Gray, 92, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015, at his home in Lakewood, Colo. Robert was born March 2, 1923, in Kansas City, Kan., to George and Adis Gray. He was a graduate of Wyandotte High School. Bob was a Veteran of WWII serving in the United States Navy. He was a member of Bomber Squadron VB 13 aboard the USS Franklin. He married Betty Jean (Ashmore) on June 14, 1941, in New Orleans, La., who preceded him in death after 68 years of marriage on Feb. 10, 2010. He was in the automotive industry most of his adult working life, retiring as an Auto Service manager for Dick Smith Ford in 1977. Bob was an avid aviation enthusiast, having obtained his pilot's license at age 22, flying until he was 76 years old. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen. In addition to aviation, he was involved in midget car racing in the Kansas City area in the 1950's. He was a member of Victory Hills Baptist Church. He is survived by his daughter, Jeanne and her husband, Jay Dewey of Lakeood, Colo. In addition, he leaves two granddaughters, Kristen (Jeff) Sanders of Edmond, Okla., and Nicole (Pat) Dolezal of Wray, Colo. He is also survived by five great grandchildren, Tyler, Bryce and Sydney Sanders of Edmond, and Jessica and Jaden Mast of Wray. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 North 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112. Condolences at: Arr.: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Kan., (913) 438-6444. Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory

Published by Kansas City Star on Jun. 24, 2015.
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We were so sorry to learn of Bob's passing. And we are sad that we arrived back in town too late to attend the service. He and Betty were two very gracious people. Before moving to Paola, they lived right down the street from us. We visited them in Paola and played pool with Bob. Patsy will never forget the airplane ride with Bob at the controls.
Our condolences to the entire family. Bob and Betty are missed but never forgotten.
Mr. and Mrs. Patsy Oliverio
June 29, 2015
My condolences to the family. May God's word bring you comfort during this difficult time (Psalm 91:15).
June 26, 2015
Sorry to lose another classmate. We talk about Bob and Betty practically every week and wondered why he never returned any of our messages. Sorry to miss the funeral but I did not find out about it until it was too late.
With fond memories and love, Wyandotte High School class of '42. Charlie Warren
June 26, 2015
Dianne Spradlin
June 24, 2015
It would be difficult to find anyone who enjoyed life and service to community more than Robert. His zest for life touched and inspired many. Please accept my condolences for your loss. Know that love ones and friends will once again see Robert again during the resurrection (Jo. 5:28, 29). - Andrew
June 24, 2015
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