Richard William Gray

Born: Wed., Aug. 3, 1927
Died: Wed., Jul. 13, 2011


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Jul. 17, 2011
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Jul. 18, 2011
Location: Saint Pauls Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jul. 18, 2011
Location: Saint Pauls Lutheran Church

Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries

 Richard William Gray, age 83, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, after a brief illness.


On August 3, 1927 Richard was born in Granger, Indiana, the son of the late William and Sophie (Pazder) Gray.


At 17, Richard’s father helped him enlist in the Navy.  On the USS Rawlins, Seaman 2nd Class Gray sailed to Guam, where he served as a baker for 2 years.  Upon his honorable discharge in 1946 he returned to finish high school at Washington-Clay in South Bend, where he met is future wife Jeanette Grabowski.


Richard and Jean were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in South Bend on September 2, 1950.


In 1957, after becoming a member of the Carpenters Local 413 Union, Richard began work for the South Bend Community School Corporation, first as a maintenance man, then as a carpenter foreman and locksmith for all schools and libraries.  After retiring in 1990, Richard and Jean spent the next nine years traveling the country building churches for Laborers For Christ.  Throughout his lifetime Richard donated 130 units of blood to the American Red Cross.


Richard was an avid member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in South Bend.  Having never met a stranger, Richard could talk to and make friends with anyone.  He touched many lives with the stories of his work and volunteer experience.  An ornery practical jokester, Grandpa Gray was always armed with a funny joke or a handful of pennies to leave for friends to find. 


Richard will be missed by his wife, Jeanette; two children, Ronald (Roberta) Gray of Aviston, IL and Julie Perkins of Battleboro, VT; five grandchildren Jessica (Aaron) Csaszar-Bertman of South Bend, Joseph Csaszar III of Los Angeles, CA, Jacqulyn Csaszar of West Lafayette, Rebekah (Jason) Gray-Long of Webb City, MO, and Robert Gray of Shippensburg, PA; two great-grandchildren Kalina Bertman and Jace Long; sisters Thelma Kepler of South Bend and Betty Gray of Granger; sister-in-law Marilyn Gray of Granger; and several nieces and nephews.  Including his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his brother Robert Gray.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 17 from 4 – 8pm at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend.  Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 51490 Laurel Rd (the corner of Auten and Laurel) on Monday, July 18 at 11am, with a visitation one hour prior to the service.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Dale Timm Scholarship at the Resurrection Lutheran Academy, 6840 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend, IN 46628 or to Milton Adult Day Service, 922 E. Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46617. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Click to send flowers using our local area florist
Direct website to florist ordering, saving on wire fees
View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Joseph & Karen Csaszar
   Posted Sat July 16, 2011
Our deepest, sadest condolences to a kind hearted man who was a great Grandpa and a loving soul. Jean, we pray your heavy heart finds comfort by your family and friends surrounding you at this time. May all who knew him be comforted by the many years of memories. God Bless.
Joe & Karen Csaszar Jr.

John, David and Michael Chapleau
   Posted Sat July 16, 2011
Your Dad was a great guy and we have fond memories of all the Grays. Our sympathy goes out to your Mom and both of you and your families. The Chapleaus

Karen Fiechtner
   Posted Sun July 17, 2011
Dear Jean, Jackie, Jessica & family members,

We are remembering you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during your time of sorrow. May the memories of Richard/Dad/Grandpa, sustain you and may God give you the needed strength in the days to come.

The Fiechtner Family

Patty Rose
   Posted Sun July 17, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Gray's passing. I'm sending you prayers, blessings, thoughts and hopes that this path you walk be filled with support and love. It is a difficult path. I am confident Mr. Gray is walking with you and God is gathering your tears and holding your hearts in the palm of his hand. God bless you all richly.

Patty Rose

Image: dan /