Keith Gray

Posted March 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm


Jan. 31, 1928 – March 23, 2013

Keith Gray, age 85, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at  St. Luke’s  Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a brief  illness.  

  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, March 28, 2013 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Anamosa.  Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, with Military Honors.  Friends may call from 4-8 Wednesday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. 

Keith Jacob Gray was born Jan. 31, 1928 in Anamosa, Iowa.  He was the son of Charles and Esther Van Slyke, Gray.  Keith graduated from the Anamosa Community Schools with the class of 1946.   He then started farming with his parents. 

On Aug. 15, 1946, Keith married Helen Maude Schuchman at the Gray family home in Anamosa.   The couple farmed in the Center Junction area.  When Keith was drafted in 1955, into the United States Army, the couple lived near Washington D.C. at Fort Belvoir and later at Fort Barry in San Francisco.   They returned to the farm near Center Junction where they raised their family.   Keith retired from active farming in 1992.  He continued to live on the farm after Helen’s death in 2007, and had only recently moved to the Anamosa Care Center. 

  Keith was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Anamosa and had belonged to the Center Junction Presbyterian Church.  He had also been a boy scout leader for the Amber Boy Scout Troop, and had served on the Center Junction Co-op Board. 

Surviving are six children, Flete (Pat) Gray, Maplewood, Minn., Jennifer (Mike) Brown, Lowden, Clint (Monica) Gray, Monticello, Mat (Marilyn) Gray, Wyoming, Gail (Andy) Coleman, Cedar Rapids, Corrie (Calvin) Stanley, Berryton, Kans.; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his sister, Rosemary (Dr. John) Bailey, Anamosa. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen; and three brothers, Charles,  David and Stuart. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.  

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