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F. William "Bill" Gray, 85, a longtime Rushville resident, passed away May 11, 2014, in Indianapolis. He was born May 28, 1928, in Columbus, IN, to Guy A. and Mary F. (Lannum) Gray.
Bill was a 1947 Columbus High School graduate. He attended Wabash College, earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1952 from Indiana University, joined the U.S. Army and served honorably from 1952 to 1955, then earned a master's degree in education from Indiana University in 1956. He married Jonquil "Jonnie" A. Kinsey on February 2, 1952, and she preceded him in death on April 24, 1962. He married Linda Fordice on August 1, 1964, and she survives.
Bill was an educator, coach and mentor his entire life. He began teaching and coaching in 1955 in Danville, moving to Rushville in 1960. He taught sociology, geography, government, driver's ed and summer physical education classes. While in Danville, he coached basketball, football and baseball and in Rushville he coached football, track and both girls and boys golf. He retired in 1994. He also was an announcer for many years, covering girl's basketball and football.
Bill had been a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rushville since 1960 and had served as both an elder and deacon. He was active in both Rushville Rotary Club and the Optimist Club, was the summer activities director for Rushville parks for many years, was a life member of Rushville Elk's Lodge No. 1307 and Rushville American Legion Post No. 150 and was an IHSAA official for football, basketball and track. He founded the Officials Club at Rushville High School in order to mentor young people interested in officiating.
Bill was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed many years of wintering in Las Vegas with Linda.
Bill is survived by his wife, Linda, of Rushville; sons, Steve "Buck" Gray of Logansport, and Mike and wife Susan Gray of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; daughters, Karyn and husband Robby Winkler of Fishers, IN, and Cathy Gosser of Rushville; grandchildren, Aaron Coon, George Thomas and wife Lindsay Thompson, Gary Thompson, Satchel, Kinsey, and Courtney and Bradley Gray; and great-grandchildren, Nova, Amelia, Adeylyn and Abel.
Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Jonnie; his parents; a daughter-in-law, Karrie Ellen Miller Gray; five sisters; two brothers; and a great-granddaughter, Tobi Lynn Coon.
Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Rushville at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014. Friends are welcome to visit at Moster Mortuary on Wednesday, May 14, from 2 to 8 p.m. Rev. Dena Vittorio will preside. Rush County Veteran's Honor Guard will provide military rites. Cremation will follow services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rush Memorial Hospital Oncology Department or Brian's Cause through Rush County Community Foundation, or the Rushville Public Library.
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