Steve Gray
  • Instead of flowers the family requests memorials be given in Steve's name.

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Memories & Candles

“I remember when Steve bought some ducks at an auction and they were walking ducks but when he got home they all flew away ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Avery Sockrider - Council bluffs, IA

“Dear family and friends,my gramps was the best person you might of ever known he tried to make the best for his kids and grandchildren he did a lot...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Avery Sockrider - Council bluffs, IA

“Debbie, I feel your sorrow and pain in the loss of Steve. He was great guy and a good friend in high school. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Just...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Vickie Backhus - Denver, CO

“Deb, I realy enjoyed the pictures fo Steve....esp. the one of both of you and your parents. My heart goes out to you Deb and your children and...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: deanna cross baker - MO

“Deb,and family...You are in our prayers...continually. We love you, and our hearts hurt for you as losing Steve is overwhelming. May God give you...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Terry and Trudy Weaver - IA

“Dear Deb & family, Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you and your families. We always enjoyed your many trips to our area. Whether it was just...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Dennis & Connie Hampel - Wichita, KS

“We are sorry for your loss, and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this rough time in your lives. I didn't know Steve...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Patrick and Tina Hogan (O'Dell) - IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Greg often visited with Steve while they were on the road together. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Greg & Connie Querry - Bethany, MO

“Deb and Family, "Those who have given of themselves to others will live forever in every single heart they have touched". Remembering with you,...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Larry and Loretta Winemiller - IA

“We are first cousins to James and Margaret on James' side. We visited James 2 years ago and enjoyed his company very much and were saddened by his...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Jim and Charlene Schoen - OH

“Deb & Family - One of the Shafars' many memories included watching our sons play football together. Deb - you and Steve, Mike & I always tried...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Jan Shafar - Gravity, IA

“Deb, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. May your lovely family and many friends surround you with love and your memories provide comfort...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Cindy (Peterson) Drumwright - KS

“Wishing you peace and love at this sad, sad time. Take care of yourself also, Don and Diane ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Don and Diane Zollman

Grandpa and Grandma Gray with all grandkids at Easter 2011 “You all our in our thoughts and prayers. Steve was a great man and will be greatly missed by many. Mailey will get to have some great stories about...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Randi and Mailey - Beloit, KS

“Deb and family, We send our sincere sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. Hold onto the memories, may God sustain your strength. ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Ellis & Gayle Houk - Bedford, IA

“Dear Debbie and Family. So very sorry to hear of the loss of Steve. We know you will miss him dearly. Please give everyone our sympathy. We are...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Margaret Darling, Robin, Joyce and Family - VA

“While there are no words that can comfort you, know that we are here for you, and that his spirit will be with you always..God Bless you and your...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Cory and Karlee Harper - Omaha, NE

“Deb and family, I am sorry for your loss! Steve was a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are you and your family. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: M'Leigh Pfeffer - Omaha, NE

“I am so sorry for your loss. Heather, Henry, Benjamin, and I are thinking of you. If there is anything we can do, let me know. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Eli - Hudson, NH

“Deb, we are praying for you and your family during this time of need. It brought memories of playing with Steve in the barns and some of the 4th of...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Mike and Mary Pinkerton - GA

“Deb and Jared, sorry to hear of ur loss and u will be in my prayers. ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Randi Moore

“Lana and family. So sorry for your loss. Stay strong. Keep the memories alive. ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy Sorensen

“Deb, I was sad to hear about Steve, know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Rick Sheffield - Bellevue, NE


Funeral services for Steve Gray, age 57, of Bedford, who died very unexpectedly on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, will be held Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton. Instead of flowers the family requests memorials be given in Steve's name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Steven Carl Gray was born January 15, 1954 in Maryville, Missouri the son of Beryl Dean Gray and Jewell (Henry) Gray. Steve lived his entire life in the Blockton area attending school and graduating from Bedford High School with the Class of 1972. In fact, he only missed one day of school in 13 years, a trait he would eventually pass on to his children! When he was in the 7th grade a girl named Debra Huelskamp caught his eye . . .they started dating and on December 15, 1973 they were united in marriage at Christ The King Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Together they were blessed with the birth of one daughter and three sons, Amanda, Nick, Wyatt and Jared. Steve and Deb lived in Blockton for a short time after their marriage before moving to the rural area where he had grown up. He farmed all of his life and drove a semi for the past fifteen years with Deb traveling with him after she retired from being the Bedford School Nurse for many years. They loved traveling many places in their RV all year long.

Steve was never one to sit still. He always had a project to work on or a problem that needed fixing. His entire life was wrapped up in his family, their friends, loving his wife and enjoying his grandkids. Each summer would include a two or three week vacation traveling around the United States, often times staying at National Parks. He enjoyed attending his kid's activities as they were growing up, especially the football games! He cooked a lot, with steak and potatoes being his specialty. He was known to collect cast iron cookware and other items he felt worthy of collecting! He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and being with family and friends. Every year he would prepare the deer camp for his boys. Steve's life revolved around his wife and children.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend are his loving wife of 38 years, Debra Gray of Bedford; one daughter, Amanda Sockrider of Council Bluffs; three sons, Nick and wife Dani Gray of Bedford; Wyatt and wife Melinda Gray of Bedford; and Jared of Beloit, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Caleb, Asia and Avery Sockrider; Alexis and Gabriel Gray; Nevaeh Gray and Mailey Gray;two brothers, Stanley Gray of Barnard, Missouri; and Bryan and wife Vickie Gray of Bethany, Missouri; two sisters, Lisa Loch and husband David of Maryville, Missouri; and Lana Hoepker and husband Edwin of Bedford; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Steve in death are his parents Beryl and Jewell Gray and his in-laws, James and Margaret Huelskamp.

Steve was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
His enthusiasm, humor and enjoyment of life will be missed by his family and friends.