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Obituary: Hank Gray, Columbus

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Orville Henry “Hank” Gray, II

“Here’s a kiss for ya…” If you’d ever heard Hank utter those words you would have to be either family or a close friend and, likely, you were running for cover.

Hank Gray was taken from us on Saturday, October 26, 2013. His death occurred suddenly, and without suffering, at the home he shared with his wife, Jetta.

Born on February 14, 1947, in Artesia, California, Hank was the second child, and first son, born unto Cecelia Mary and Orville Henry Gray, who, along with sister Judy, precede him in death.

While serving in the U.S. Army, and stationed in Alvarado, Texas, Hank met and married his life-long love, Jetta Faye Davis. Together, they built a loving home, raised five children of their own, and served as surrogate parents to countless others. Ever the friend, Hank was always willing to help out, pitch in, or offer advice to any willing to take it.

Hank is survived by his five children and their spouses, Jay (Sandy), Pamela Rose (Doug), Hank (Shannon), Dean, and Ken, and Stacy Gray; grandchildren, Dawn Marie (Chip), Rachel (Patrick), Joanna (Travis), Elizabeth, Kayla, Destiny, Dean, and Brady; great-grandchildren, Austin, Dakota, Larry, Samantha, and Hayden; and countless aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Hank retired as the executive director of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce in Artesia, California, and, along with Jetta, chose Columbus as his place of retirement. He was a member of Columbus American Legion and Columbus Moose Lodge.

He will be missed, because people like that “you just can’t get any more.”

A formal funeral service is not planned. Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street.

Cremation is planned following the visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Online condolences may be sent to the Gray family and a video tribute may be viewed at

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