Published On: Wed, Dec 19th, 2007

Obituary – Jim Gray Jr.

COLERIDGE —  Jim Gray Jr., age 61, of Coleridge, NE, died on Saturday, December 15, 2007 at the
Providence Medical Center in Wayne after suffering a heart attack while watching a
wrestling meet in Wayne.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the Immanuel
Lutheran Church in Coleridge with Rev. Andreas Stein officiating. Burial will be in
the Coleridge Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm with a
prayer service and video tribute at 7:00 pm at the church under the direction of the
Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on
Wednesday at the church. To send on line condolences or to view the video tribute,
please visit

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. Active pallbearers will be Jeff Wemhoff, Randy Papenhausen, George R.
Hefner, Ty Munter, Matt Peterson, Sean Peterson, Brian Feelhaver, and Dave Bross.

Jim was born on January 13, 1946 at Omaha. His parents were 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.
On June 10, 1967 he married Marcia K. Peterson at Audubon, Iowa. He graduated from
Wayne State in 1969 and began teaching at the Osmond High School in Osmond, NE. 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,
MN, working outside and enjoying sports.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marcia of Coleridge, two sons and their wives and
children; Scott, Angela, Jaime, and Nathan Gray of Battle Creek, NE, Tony, Trish,
Boone, and Lily Gray of Fremont, and a sister Ellen Missy Gray Munter of Omaha.