Published On: Thu, Dec 27th, 2007

Obituary – Jim Gray, Jr.

COLERIDGE — Jim Gray Jr., 61, Coleridge, died Dec. 15, 2007, at the Providence Medical Center, Wayne, after suffering a heart attack while watching a wrestling meet in Wayne.
Visitation, with a prayer service and video tribute, was Dec. 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge. Visitation continued Dec. 19 one hour prior to services at the church.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Dec. 19, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, with Rev. Andreas Stein officiating.
Burial will be in the Coleridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Wemhoff, Randy Papenhausen, George R. Hefner, Ty Munter, Matt Peterson, Sean Peterson, Brian Feelhaver, and Dave Bross.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dwight Hansen, Neil Peck, Don Thompson, Earl Papenhausen, Myron Ravenscroft, George Gray, Rod Ellickson, Bob Schnitzler, Dave Frerichs and Elroy Hefner.
Jim was born Jan. 13, 1946, at Omaha, to James L. and Ellen L. (Henningsen) Gray Sr. He grew up in Coleridge and graduated from Coleridge High School
in 1964. He attended Wayne State College where he was a 4-year letterman in football. He married Marcia K. Peterson June 10, 1967, at Audubon, Iowa. He graduated from Wayne State in 1969 and began teaching at the Osmond High School in Osmond. While there he also served as the head football, wrestling, and track coach. In 1973, they
moved to Coleridge where Jim began working with his father at the Coleridge National Bank. During this time, he also was the head Jr. High football coach at the Coleridge Public School. In 1989, he left the bank and began a 16-year teaching career at the
Battle Creek Public High School. During this time, he also served as an assistant football and track coach, was the head wrestling coach, and head Jr. High football and wrestling coach. He eventually became the athletic director until he retired in 2005.
As a father, teacher and coach Jim spent countless hours developing young people’s character and work ethic. He loved being with his family, spending time at Trout Lake, Minn., working outside and enjoying sports.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marcia, Coleridge; two sons and their wives, and children, Scott, Angela, Jaime and Nathan Gray, Battle Creek; Tony, Trish,
Boone and Lily Gray, Fremont; and a sister, Ellen Missy Gray Munter, Omaha.
He was preceded in death by his parents.