Robert L. Gray
January 03, 1927 - February 16, 2008
Birthplace: Beresford, South Dakota
Resided In: Emerson, Iowa

Visitation 2/18/2008
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 2/19/2008
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Burial 2/19/2008
Emerson Cemetery

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Robert L. Gray, age 81, of Emerson, Iowa passed away Saturday, February 16, 2008 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak. Robert Lewis Gray was born January 3, 1927 in Beresford, South Dakota the son of Otis Lee and Iva Ellen (Walters) Gray. The family moved to Iowa when Robert was four years old. He attended school in Villisca, Iowa and then started farming with his dad. He also drove a truck in his younger years. He served in the Iowa Army National Guard at Villisca, Iowa for 11 years. Robert was united in marriage to Lorena Sheirbon on October 17, 1949 in Clarinda, Iowa. They lived most of their married life in the southwest, Iowa area except for a short time when they lived in Nevada, Iowa. For the past 18 years Robert and Lorena have lived in Emerson. Robert was in the implement business for most of his life working for several John Deere dealerships and in his later years worked for Tri Tractor. He was a member of the Gus Methodist Church and the 2 Cylinder Club. He loved restoring old tractors and enjoyed woodworking.

Preceding him in death were his parents; daughter: Charlotte Paulsen; brothers: Carroll and Roy in infancy; and Max and Arthur; brother-in-law: Donald “Chic” Trybom; and sisters-in-law: Mary Gray and Lois Elzene Gray. Survivors include his wife: Lorena Gray of Emerson, Iowa; children: Randy Gray and wife Terri of Emerson, Iowa; Sandra Mellencamp and husband Dennis of Urbandale, Iowa; and Kelly Nielsen and husband Troy of Imogene, Iowa; grandchildren: Amy Samuels and husband Philip of Chester, Virginia; Brandon Mellencamp of Urbandale, Iowa; Jason Gray of Chicago, Illinois; Rachelle Vernon and husband Jason of Omaha, Nebraska; Bryan Gray of Harlan, Iowa; Ann Paulsen of Omaha, Nebraska; Michael Paulsen and wife Bobbi of Emerson, Iowa; Drew Nielsen of Imogene, Iowa; and Sydney Nielsen of Imogene, Iowa; 10 great grandchildren; son-in-law: Dwayne Paulsen of Emerson, Iowa; sisters: Lois Trybom of Lenexa, Kansas and Thelma Stamps and husband Jack of Clarinda, Iowa; brother: Donald Gray of Clarinda, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Pastor Al Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Emerson, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 5-7 PM Monday, February 18, 2008 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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