Tony Gray


LATTY -- Tony James Gray, 65, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind., where he had been a patient since January 21, 2014.

He was born September 8, 1948, in Paulding County, Ohio, the son of John F. and Millicent Barbara (Gibbons) Gray. On December 21, 1966, he married Jane A. Carnahan, who survives. He was U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War and a member of Friends United Methodist Church, Latty. He was owner of Jim and Jane's Lunch, Paulding, and Gray's Tree Service. He was employed by law enforcement in Paulding County, and held a variety of positions in the community. He retired in 1999 from Paulding County engineer's office as a county highway worker. He enjoyed gardening, mowing yards, grandchildren, drinking coffee with his buddies, and helping others.

Tony is survived by his wife, Jane Gray, Latty; four children, Jenese (Michael) Morton, Woodbridge, Va., Jacquelyn (Tony) Francis, of Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jason (April) Gray, Convoy, Ohio, and Jonathon (Kathleen) Gray, Van Wert, Ohio; a brother, John W. (Patty) Gray, Payne; a sister, Caroline (Klee) Dangler, Cecil, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Meghan (Ike) Vernon Jr., Kathryn (Stephen) Mourning, Sarah Morton, Dakota and Eli Francis, Dru, Paylin, Irie and Cruz Gray; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Josiah, Benjamin and Malcolm.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, February 21, 2014, at Paulding United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, with military graveside rites accorded by Paulding VFW Post 587. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, February 20, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Latty Friends United Methodist church or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to

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