Robert L. Gray, 78, of Salisbury, New York, passed away on Monday evening, September 16, 2013, peacefully at his home with his loving family surrounding him.
He was born on June 26, 1935, a son of the late Harold and Ruby (Ward) Gray. Bob was educated in Dolgeville and Little Falls schools. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October of 1953 and served during the Korean War as a private first class. Bob earned the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. In November of 1955, Bob was honorably discharged. He was a proud United States Marine Corps veteran.
For 29 years, Bob shared his life with his companion, Janette Jaikin. Their devoted relationship combined their families as one.
Mr. Robert L. Gray
Bob spent most of his life employed by road construction for Talerico Construction of Little Falls, N.Y. for 30 years until his retirement. In younger years, Bob went to technical school for small engine repair while he worked for Provorst Motors of Dolgeville, N.Y.
Bob was interested in old tractor restoration, hunting and spending time with his family. He was a lifetime member of the Dolgeville Fire Department. Bob was well known within his community and known as a devoted family man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved companion, Janette Jaikin, at home; his children, Michelle Frederick and her fiance, Terry Comstock of Dolgeville, N.Y., Robert Gray and his wife, Teresa of Virginia Beach, Va., and Wayne Gray of Hardeeville, N.C,; two stepsons, Randy Kilmartin and his wife, Evett of California and James Kilmartin of Appalachia, N.Y.; sisters, Dorothy Young of Oppenheim, N.Y., Judy Hall and her husband, Zane of Clifton Park, N.Y., Ruby Grande and her husband, Jack of Greenville, N.Y., and Mary Wright and her husband, Duane of Greenville, N.Y.; a brother, Ronald Gray and his wife, Pat, of Oppenheim, N.Y.; 25 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob was predeceased by a special son, Ricky Allen Gray in 1980; and siblings, Donna Shepardson, Charles Gray and Harold Gray.
Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours which will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York 13329. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Lynn Lockwood officiating. Military honors will be given at the funeral home following the service.
In lieu of floral arrangements, please consider memorial contributions for the Dolgeville Fire Department, 20 S. Helmer Ave., Dolgeville, NY 13329 or the Oppenheim Fire Department, 6786 State Hwy. 29, St. Johnsville, NY 13452. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
To leave a message of sympathy for the Gray Family, please visit www.millerplonkafuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.