Tony James Gray
Tony James Gray

LATTY, Ohio — Tony James Gray, 65, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Ind., where he had been a patient since Jan. 21, 2014.

He was born Sept. 8, 1948, in Paulding County, Ohio, the son of John F. and Millicent Barbara (Gibbons) Gray.

On Dec. 21, 1966, he married Jane A. Carnahan, who survives.


He was a US Army veteran serving during the Viet Nam War and a member of Friends United Methodist Church, Latty. He was owner of Jim and Jane’s Lunch, Paulding, and Gray’s Tree Service. He was employed by law enforcement in Paulding County and held a variety of positions in the community. He retired in 1999 from Paulding County Engineers Office as a county highway worker. He enjoyed gardening, mowing yards, grandchildren, drinking coffee with his buddies, and helping others.

Tony is survived by his wife, Jane Gray of Latty; four children: Jenese (Michael) Morton of Woodbridge, Va., Jacquelyn (Tony) Francis of Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jason (April) Gray of Convoy, Ohio, and Jonathon (Kathleen) Gray of Van Wert, Ohio; a brother, John W. (Patty) Gray of Payne, Ohio; a sister, Caroline (Klee) Dangler of Cecil, Ohio; nine grandchildren: Meghan (Ike) Vernon Jr., Kathryn (Stephen) Mourning, Sarah Morton, Dakota and Eli Francis, Dru, Paylin, Irie and Cruz Gray, and great-grandchildren: Daniel, Josiah, Benjamin and Malcolm.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Paulding United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, with military graveside rites accorded by Paulding VFW Post 587.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations made to Latty Friends United Methodist church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.