Edwin Vincent Gray, Jr.
June 23, 1946- September 2, 2020
Edwin Vincent Gray Jr, 74, of Lusby, MD, passed away on September 2, 2020 at his home.
Ed was born in Laurel, MD on June 23, 1946, son of the late Edwin Vincent Gray Sr and Geraldine Gray. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joy Rene Gray, his six children, Geralenia Reynolds (Jonathan Yodichkas), Kyle Gray, Christina Schiller (Valentine Schiller IV), Vincent Gray (Renee Gray), Michelle Yanko-Young (Dave Young), Jesse Gray (Keri Gray), and nephew Rocky Lasseter (more like a son), his twenty one grandchildren, Johnathan Ford, Joseph Ford Jr, Zachary Ford, Samantha Reynolds, James Reynolds, Abigail Reynolds, Lyndsey Reynolds, Patricia Hayes, Amelia Kuhl (Bobby), Dylan Gray, Valentine Schiller V, Angelina Schiller, Shane Young, Vincent Ryan Gray Jr (Savanah), Anthony Gray, Nicole Gray, Joesph Yanko, Callie Yanko, Austin Yanko, Gabriella Gray and Emmett Gray, his two great-grandchildren Mikayla Ford, Brielle Woomer, and his eight siblings, Donna Gallion, Judy Koslosky, David Gray, Mark Gray, Geralyn Beard, Rick Gray, Patrick Gray, April Gray and many loved nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his brother, James Gray Sr.
After graduating from Western High School in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1964, Ed joined the Marine Corps, proudly serving our country on the front lines of the Vietnam War. He worked almost every job at one time or another, spending a good portion of his working life in the autobody industry as a body shop manager. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV and NRA.
Ed was always incredibly caring, loving, selfless and self-sacrificing. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family, especially playing with his grandkids and great grand kids. He also loved teaching family and friends how to do everything from chopping wood, tying a fishing knot, playing golf, shooting a bow and arrow or gun, bowling, playing baseball, doing yardwork, gardening and the importance of hard work and diligence. He taught us by example with a great work ethic. He loved to give to others. You could be sure if he knew what you liked, he was going to collect it and give you more than you ever need. He would also give you advice, whether you wanted it or not. He loved giving people a hard time (including random people who didn’t always know how to take him)! He was the biggest practical jokester, pulling pranks on everyone he could. He had a sense of humor like no other. He loved helping others. He would give you the shirt off his back, even if you didn’t need it. He was a proud Marine, avid Trump supporter (MAGA) and proud to be an American!
Some of his hobbies were hunting, fishing, crafts, models, woodworking and fixing anything that needed to be fixed. He loved taking family trips to theme parks, especially Disney, playing Bingo, and shopping, whether it was yard sales, flea markets, grocery stores, department stores or his new favorite, online, really anywhere that would sell him anything. He really enjoyed working in the yard and spending time in the great outdoors. His favorite thing to do was anything that involved spending time with family, whether it was rooting for the Redskins, FFDs, holiday get togethers, or raking leaves in the yard (on Thanksgiving). Oh, did we mention all the road trips. He couldn’t get enough! Second star to the right and straight on till theme park, DC, Baltimore Inner Harbor, California, the mountains, the lake, or wherever his heart desired!
He was loved by many. He will be missed.
A memorial service will be held at 1pm, Sunday September 6, 2020. The gathering will start at 12:30 at Rausch Funeral Home, 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD 20657.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Edwin V. Gray Jr. to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org, his favorite charity that he donated to monthly.
Sunday, September 6, 2020