Obituary: Rev. Roland E. “Ron” Gray, 80, of Oxford, formerly of Seymour, Milford, and Sandy Hook

Rev. Roland E. “Ron” Gray, 80, of Oxford, formerly of Seymour, Milford, and Sandy Hook, entered peaceful rest January 4, 2014 at the Griffin Hospital, Derby. He was the beloved husband of 18 years to Marion (Lucas) Gray.

He was born March 2, 1934 in Sandy Hook, son of the late Bell Dakota and Marion (Janssen) Gray. Rev. Gray retired as Pastor of the Riverside Community Church, of Oxford where he served for 30 years. He was a retired Human Resources Director from CT Limousine, and had also worked in the computer field for several local companies.

Roland was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War. He was a former Firefighter in Milford and served as Captain and Fire Commissioner there in the 1960’s.  Ron was a graduate of the University of Bridgeport, and he earned his Theological Degree from Drew University, Madison, NJ. Ron was also an avid golfer.  Additionally, he took pleasure in taking care of his yard, especially mowing the grass.

Besides his wife, Rev. Gray leaves his loving family including his children, David Gray of West Haven, Daniel Gray, of Milford, Linda Nystrom of West Haven, Lori Bouve of Orange, Kimberley Wilson in FLA, Dennis Gray of Meriden, Ericka Wilson-Kerr of Westfield, MA, Korri Verderane of Shelton, Kathie Molsick of Oxford, Command Sgt. Major Thomas B. Gray U.S. Army of FT Leonard Wood, MO, Michael Gray of Derby, Lisa Johnson of Ansonia, Wendy Forbis of Oxford, and Ronald Tichy of Sandy Hook. A brother, Walter Gray of Mena, AR, a sister, Florence Berrien of Milford, 26 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

His brother Robert Gray predeceased him.

Calling Hours are Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. in the Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home, 161 W. Church St. Seymour. Funeral Services are Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the funeral home to Riverside Community Church, 238 Freeman Rd., Oxford at 10 a.m. Interment with full Military Honors will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Oxford.

Memorial Gifts may be sent to the Riverside Community Church (Steeple Fund), 238 Freeman Rd., Oxford, CT 06478.

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