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Richard “Dick” Gray
Richard “Dick” GrayWheatRichard “Dick” Gray, 87 of Richwood, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, January 10, 2021 at the Bluebird Retirement Community.

He was born June 25, 1933 in Richwood to the late Bernard Core and Dorothea Elizabeth (Baumgartner) Gray. He was also preceded in death five days prior by his wife, Emma Lynn (Boaz) Gray. They were married on September 22, 1952 in Indiana. And a grandson, John Steilyn Gray-Martin.

A hard worker and good steward of the land, he spent his whole life on the family farm. He was an enterprising farmer who didn’t necessarily follow the trends but carved out his own way of doing things.

Dick was a member of the Magnetic Springs United Methodist Church. He served on the Richwood Independent Fair Board for 25 years. He also belonged to the former Richwood Lions Club and various farming associations, including the Union County Young Farmers Association, later the Ohio Young Farmers Association, as well as FFA. He and Emma Lynn loved to travel.

One of Dick’s passions was wood carving, making various unique and precious works of art, often donating them to charity, which would reap great benefits for the organization.

He is survived by sons: John David (Linda) Gray of Radcliff, Kentucky; James A. (Judy) Gray of Richwood; Stuart A. (Christy) Gray of Richwood; and Thomas Richard (Kim) Gray of Powell; grandchildren: Betsy Ann (Tony) Baer, Casey (Lucas) Daum, Michael (Natalie) Gray, Tyler (Holly) Gray, Amie Gray, Delaney Gray and Jamison Gray; great grandchildren: Sam, Levi, Cora, Micah, Henry, Harrison, Serour, Emmalynn and Eli; two brothers, Don Gray, Westerville; Robert Gray, Lewis Center; two sisters, Ruth Ann Wynn, Columbus; and Linda McNamee, Richwood.

Public graveside services for both Dick and Emma Lynn will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Claibourne Cemetery with Pastor Judy Cramer officiating. There will be private family calling hours.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Magnetic Springs United Methodist Church at 113 Olive Street Magnetic Springs, OH 43036 and Chapel Hill House, P.O. Box 499, Prospect, OH 43342.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: johna nibert
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 4:40 PM

So sorry for the passing of your Father and Mother. Both were very nice people. Always enjoyed your Mother when I worked at the grocery store in Richwood. Have my deepest sympathy.

          Johna Nibert

#2 from: Karen , Mark Ross
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 5:43 PM

Jim, Judy and family
We are so sorry to hear about this, they both were sweet, kind people,,always! You are certainly in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers.

Mark and Karen

#3 from: Bill Moore family
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 6:46 PM

Our families sympathy to all you are going thru at this time. Such a loss of two fine people.

#4 from: Lora Chambers
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 7:13 PM

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.so sorry for your loss❤

#5 from: Sherryl sheets
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 7:33 PM

I loved know dick and Emma Lynn for over fifty ears thru church, growing up with Dave, Jim, Stu and Tom in youth group and school. Your parents were such great role models and you were blessed to have been raised by wonderful people. I am so grateful to have had them in my life. Prayers.

#6 from: Merri Hall
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 8:12 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Dick and Emma Lynn were such wonderful people. They will be missed. Merri Hall

#7 from: Deana Mitchell
The villages,Fla
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 8:17 PM

Our deepest condolences to Dick and Lynn’s family. Many wonderful memories!
Jim and Deana Mitchell

#8 from: Dan and Darlene Foos
Richwood, Ohio
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 9:32 PM

We again extend our sympathy, our community has lost 2 of the best.

#9 from: Judy Cunningham(Leibold)
Prospect,  Oh
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 8:11 AM

I want to send my deepest sympathy to your entire family! God bless you , as He already has with such great parents! Life for them without the other would be so hard, God knew they needed to be together! Praying for you all!🙏🙏💜

#10 from: Marsha K Harmon
La Rue, Oh
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 10:07 AM

Linda and family, so sorry for your lost and know you are all in my prayers.

#11 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 10:18 AM

Our deepest sympathy as so hard losing one parent but both in a week is so hard. Am sure they are happy together in heaven. Dick was always kind and caring and would call and check on family members. He had carved a Santa for my mother when she had cancer as my mother was a huge santa collector ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Buck,Bec and Ash

#12 from: Vonnie and Don Wasserbeck
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 10:43 AM

My heart is sad. They were such a cute couple. God got a couple of good ones there.  Prayers for all of you but they are still doing things together!!

#13 from: Sue Clem
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 11:07 AM

Dick and Emma Lynn were two very special people. She was always so upbeat and I admired her very much. They were loved and will be missed greatly. My prayers for the family.

#14 from: Patricia Parrott Eby
Reno, Nv.
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 11:39 AM

Both Dick and Emma Lynn were such good friends in my teen years. I met Emma Lynn when she and I modeled at Kings Daughters fashions for Sutton and Lightner's store.Dick's Mother and Mine were both members.The lunch was at Arvilla Swartz in their new home on Franklin St.  We spent several New years Eve's together. They were both so special.

#15 from: Beckie Congrove
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 11:42 AM

Dear Gray Family,  We are both overwhelmed and
deeply saddened by your continued loss.  We've
both known your Dad and Mom since we were young.
My Dad (Ralph McMahan) sheared sheep for your
Grampa for years.  We continue to hold you all
in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,
Beckie (McMahan) and Mike Congrove

#16 from: Ann Davis
 Delaware Oh
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 11:52 AM

My sympathy.  Your mom always asked me what was happening in my life whenever I saw her. Your dad and my dad enjoyed being with each other so much. You are all in my prayers.

#17 from: Pam McCloud Endsley
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 12:03 PM

Dave and family:  I’m sorry for the loss of your parents. They were a lovely couple. I will treasure the wood sculptures that your dad  carved for my dad. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time.

Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 12:06 PM

To all the Gray family,  Richard and I send our love and sympathy in the loss of Lynn and Dick.  They were an important part of our life for years and years.  What a blessing knowing them! We had so much fun and joy when we were together. I have tears in my eyes now as I write this to you.  Always keep your memories of them close to your hearts.

#19 from: Julia and Don
Seabrook Island SC
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 12:54 PM

We were so sorry to hear of Dick and Lynn’s passing. They were such an inspiration to all of us. I have several of Dicks carvings which we cherish one out of wood and the other a golf ball. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

#20 from: Dave/Deb Tevis Clayton
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 12:59 PM

The Gray Son and extended families...
What a loss for your families and the community. Both were so respected and will be missed. May they continue to share their love and be blessed in heaven.
Sending prayers and donation.
Dave/Deb Clayton

#21 from: Becky A (Grose) Ballinger
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 2:08 PM

Dear Gray Family
So sorry for the loss of your parents. I babyset for most of the boys when we lived on Rt 4. Your Mon and Dad were such nice people. My prayers are with you all.

#22 from: Kaden Legron
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 3:47 PM

I’m so very sorry for the loss of John and Emma, I worked at bluebird with them, and they where very close to my heart. My deepest condolences, they will be missed

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#24 from: Brad and Bonnie Besst
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 6:14 PM

So sorry for your loss. Dick was a great man and will be greatly missed. Enjoyed working with him at the church and at the fair.

#25 from: Kay Krawczyk
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 6:15 PM

So very sorry for you loss  !my heart is with you all. !  God Bless

#26 from: Judy Hall Baker
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 6:42 PM

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

#27 from: Robin Herzog
West Liberty
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 7:23 PM

I'm saddened to hear about both your parents passing. I remember you're Mom & Dad helping me when I was a single mother with 2 young boys starting over. Their kindness and support helped our family. I will always remember them fondly. Love & prayers sent to the family. Your parents were amazing. I was blessed to have known them. ❤️🙏

#28 from: Kim Ransome
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 7:48 PM

My heart goes out to all the family sending my deepest condolences and sympathy Kim

#29 from: Nancy Shuster
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 8:33 PM

Jim and Judy we are so sorry for your loss of both your parents. We pray God gives you comfort in the days ahead, knowing they are in a wonderful place.You are in our thoughts and prayers.      Marvin and Nancy Shuster.          

#30 from: Connie isler
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 9:18 PM

Back in the day, I would call them the leaders of  the pack,  It was always an enjoyable time when they would host meetings.  You could just feel the love and affection they had for each other.

#31 from: Traci Hoffman
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 9:38 PM

I am so sorry to hear of both their passings. Oh what a wonderful couple they were. I have so many memories of the both of them during the fair all those years and the many times Emma Lynn came into the salon, boys was she a spit fire. Sending prayers of comfort during this time to the whole family.

#32 from: Sam J Foos
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 9:48 PM

To the Gray Famiy
 Dick was the example of a good hard working farmer,who matured into a retired person who loved to travel and enjoyed life. Remember the good times.

#33 from: Johnny Regula
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 9:49 PM

Dick and Emma were staples of the community. My generation learned how to do things right by their examples. My prayers go out to the entire Gray family.

#34 from: Jim and Karla Goodwin
Richwood, Ohio
Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 10:33 AM

We are truly blessed to have known Dick and Lynn and so sorry to hear of their passing. They were talented, kind hearted and loving people who taught both of us so much of life and caring for others. Our hearts go out to all their family members and friends who knew this. May we all be comforted in this time of loss.

#35 from: Mike,Tammy,Austin,Abby Davis
Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 1:15 PM

Jim and Judy and the entire Gray family,
May God's enduring Love be with you all during this trying time. Dick and Lynn were wonderful family and community minded people who will be dearly missed.

#36 from: Nancy Clute Wiley
Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 6:55 AM

So sorry for your loss.  They were a very special couple and will be missed.  My prayers are with the family at this difficult time.  May God give you comfort.

#37 from: Gary and Susie Crofut
Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 12:09 PM

Love and prayers to the Gray family.  Gary and Susie Crofut                        

#38 from: Carolyn Bracelin
Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 8:05 AM

What a wonderful couple. They were our neighbors in Florida.  I still have a carving Dick gave my husband. (RIP 4/2017) Kevin would call Lynn shorty all the time. Asking her when she would grow up. Awesome memories. Peace be with me your family.

#39 from: Terry McCoy
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 12:44 PM

Jim and Judy and,family. We are very sorry to hear of your loss.You are in our thoughts and prayers.

#40 from: Juanita Neel
Palm bay  fl
Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 2:06 AM

Again may God bless you my sympathy goes out to you. Love Nita

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