William “Bill” Gray, loving husband and father of three children, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2023, at the age of 92.
Bill was born on September 7, 1930, in St. Louis, MO to William and Ella Gray. After graduating from Central High School, Bill joined the United States Marines where he fought in the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart for the loss of his lower left leg. Bill then attended St. Louis University (SLU) where he received his degree in accounting. Bill spent the majority of his career working for McDonnell Douglas and was the Director of Internal Audit when he retired in 1989. On June 9, 1956, he married Dolores Malon. They raised one son and two daughters.
Bill was devoted to his family and never missed a sporting event or activity involving his kids or grandkids. Prior to moving to St. Charles, Bill lived in Ferguson, MO where he was an active member of St. Sebastian Parish. Bill loved sports and coached many youth teams involving his kids and grandkids. He will always be remembered as an excellent coach who had a positive influence on many young lives. Bill was a passionate Notre Dame fan and rarely missed a game on TV. He made many trips to Notre Dame and started a legacy that included his son and granddaughter attending the university. Bill was also proud of his alma mater and was a season ticket holder for SLU basketball for many years. Bill had many friends who he enjoyed spending time with and was an avid storyteller with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed activities such as golf, float trips, family celebrations and picnics, dining, boating, Cardinal baseball, and family vacations at the Lake of the Ozarks, where he and his wife maintained a second home for many years.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, William, his mother, Ella, and his brother James (Bud) Gray. He is survived by his wife Dolores, his three children, Michael (Nancy) Gray; Gayle (Paul) Hemmann; and Lynne (Scott) Weber. Bill was particularly proud of his six grandchildren, Katie (Sean) Cahn, Kathy (Andrew) Barnett, Eric Hemmann, Alex Weber, Matthew (Sarah) Gray, and Tim Weber, along with one great grandchild (Will), who was named in his honor.
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