Floyd R. Gray Jr. | PostIndependent.com

Floyd R. Gray Jr.

A man of charm, wit and adventurous spirit has left us. Floyd was not famous nor flashy. He was in fact an ordinary man — perfectly ordinary, just like we all are, or at least should be. He was a man of virtues and flaws, successes and failures. He took all of these in stride and would meet each new day with an open mind and a clean slate.

His wife of almost 60 years, Lois, and his children, Nancy, Flo, Kris, Ron and Rocky, got to see these different facets of him and learned the meanings of his hard-working ethics and optimistic take on life. As a child born during the Depression and a youth spent through World War II, Floyd learned and understood the realities of sacrifice and compromise. Still, he remained a man of his own standing and principles, which he passed on to his children and gave to people with whom he became friends.

As his children grew and got married and started their own families, Floyd never used the term in-law. Rather, he would bring these spouses into the family fold and considered them as his new sons and daughters. And this openness was reciprocated with a salutation of “Dad.” Every wife and husband of his children were made comfortable with his way of living life. This extended to his friends where Floyd loved to tease and kid with them to see if he could get a rise out of them. His jokes were for his amusement, and when everyone else laughed at his ribbing, he considered it a bonus.

There will be no services for Floyd, because he joked that he would not have his friends and family waste an afternoon for something so ridiculous and beyond anyone’s control. So instead, when you see Lois around town in New Castle, give her a hug and a smile and let her know that his was a life well-spent.

Finally, let it be known that elk and deer and fish can breathe a little easier at last. Their biggest nemesis has gone on to another hunting ground, stalking a new and mysterious type of game.

Let us all hope he bags one.

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