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“So sorry to hear of Bobs passing. I have many fond memories of spending time with your family when I was young and dating Robert. My family will be...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Ann Cilley (Benedict) - MI

“Our thoughts and prayers for you Enis and family. We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. As I told Annette, we will always remember the fun times...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Janice Kelly (Salov) - MI

“Oh Enis and Aunt Margie - I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. What a gentle, kind man he was. Every time I saw him he would give me a hug and...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Jane Slocum Baker - Augusta, MI

“Thoughts and prayers go out to Enis and family. Bob and Enis were good friend of my father John Salov. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: George Salov - Highlandville, MO

“Dear Enis & familyWe are so sorry to hear of Bobs passing.He was a real fighter.You and your family will be on our prayers Rest in Peace dear Bob ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Carol and Peter Landoni - Friend

“Your suffering is over Bob. You will surely be missed by all of us. Love to all ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: John and Sarah Wagner - Sebring, FL

“Aunt Enis; We were saddened to hear the news about Uncle Bob; he was such a good guy.Always ready to lend a helping hand when needed or asked. We...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Carl Armanini - Charlotte, NC

“Remembering a good friend and neighbor of Sebring Fl. Loved our get togethers in the afternoons and dinners. RIP Bob - you will be deeply missed. ...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Randy & Cheryl Moss - Sebring, FL

“So sorry to hear of Bob's passing.. My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Enis and family. May he rest in peace. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Blanche Chafe - Fort Gratiot, MI

“MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BRING YOU A MEASURE OF COMFORT.PLEASE READ PROV 17:17 ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH

“Sending love and prayers,,,he's in heaven now,,,with the angels.. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Brenda and dave Chamberlain - AL

“So sorry for your loss, Enis & family. I have many happy memories of our times at Sandy Pines. May you rest in peace, Bob. Nancy (Martens) Brinson ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts are with the family. Bob was a great friend and will be missed by his many friends and familyLaura Keeler ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“It is with great pleasure that I can say that Bob is a great friend to myself, my wife Nancy and my dog and Bob's dog, Zoey. We will miss you...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Rockola - Family Friend

“Will miss you, Bob. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Murvin & Karen Berry - Sebring, FL

“Bob was a great man he will be missed prayers to Enis and family BGgw5 ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Louise Chapman - East Leroy, MI


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Robert Lewis Gray, Sr. 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home, with his family at his side, on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Robert was born May 29, 1930 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Kenneth W. & Mildred (Prolo) Gray. Bob served his country honorably from 1949 until 1952 in the U.S Air Force with the Selfridge Air Force Base Air Police. Bob was the owner, operator and president of The Heffley Company, a plumbing, heating and wholesale supplier. He was employed at Heffley's for 42 years, retiring in 1995. Previous to that he worked at Michigan Carton Company seven years.

Bob was united in marriage to Enis C. Armanini on June 7, 1958 at St. Philip Catholic Church. Surviving are Enis, his wife of 59 years; three daughters, Annette (Joe) Grzegorzewski and Lisa Ward both of Battle Creek, Launa Farley of Ringgold, Georgia; son, Robert L (Mickey) Gray, Jr. of Battle Creek; 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Ward of Battle Creek and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and twin half brothers, Albert and Elmer Gray.

Bob was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, American Legion #298, B.P.O.E, and Fraternal Order of the Eagles #299. When he wasn't working Bob enjoyed playing golf, bowling, fishing, watching wrestling and old westerns on TV. He loved spending time with his family and was known to enjoy making jokes and singing silly songs.

Friends will be received 2:00-4:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 229 Collier Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49037 at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Military honors will follow at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at St. Jerome at the conclusion of Military honors.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or Fresenius Kidney Care of Battle Creek North, 233 East Roosevelt Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49017. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.