Michael R. Gray
Ratterman Funeral Home - St. Matthews
3711 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY
Michael R. Gray

Prospect - Michael R. Gray, age 49, died at home on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Michael was employed for a number of years as a computer programmer at the American Printing House for the Blind where he was a stickler for coding simplicity and thorough annotation. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at the University of Louisville and a master's degree in computer science at the UofL J.B. Speed School of Engineering. As a child, Michael was known for his proficiency in solving the Rubik's cube in any starting combination, programming his Apple IIe computer for various esoteric mathematical tasks, and his love of the family pets, cats Bitte and Oliver, and Kerry blue terrier, Tippy. Michael was predeceased by his mother, Karen Roessler Gray. He is survived by a loving family including his father, Robert D. Gray, sister Robin Carroll (Chuck), nieces Shelby Murphy (Nick) and Melanie Carroll, nephew Andrew Carroll, great-niece Charlotte Murphy, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. The family would like to acknowledge the supportive friendship of Michael's best friend going back to elementary school, Kenneth Mudd. Michael will be interred next to his mother in Cave Hill Cemetery in a private ceremony. In view of Covid restrictions, there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, friends may wish to contribute to their favorite charity.

Published by Courier-Journal from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2021.
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This is hard. I am devastated. He was an amazing person, and an even better best friend for 39 years. His generosity was only outweighed by his absolutely unwavering friendship. Mike was sometimes quirky, but I "got" him. And he "got" me. Whatever happened in his life, he always faced it with a kind of cynical optimism. He had a brilliant mind that was constantly in pursuit of knowledge, no matter the subject. And when he was a teacher, he loved his students and was proud of their success. He was a kind and gentle soul to all. I´m gonna miss you buddy, but someday, we´ll meet again, to watch strange movies, read old comic books, and finish that game of "Mario Cart", just like we did when we were kids. God bless him and his wonderful family.
Kenneth Mudd
March 19, 2021
I have had the pleasure of working with Mike as a part of a development team at APH for five years. He was a valued member of our team and is going to be missed. I considered Mike to be a genius at computer programming and a friend.
Keith Creasy
March 17, 2021
I am so saddened to hear of this news. I saw Michael last in the Fall feeding the squirrels and smoking his cigar over at the little park across from APH. We spent about an hour chatting just about things. He was a very quiet and gentle man. Sending my prayers to the family. Lynn
Lynn Florence
March 17, 2021
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