James E Gray, 79 of 801 Jamie Lane, Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 5:55 am
on June 19, 2021 at his daughter, Lisa’s home, in Peoria, Arizona.
He was born September 13, 1941 in Macomb, Illinois to Lyle and Nina Gray. He
married Karen P. Bucher on September 16, 1962. He was preceded in death by his
wife, Karen, and his parents. He is survived by his children, J. Todd Gray (Tanya) of Bloomington,
Illinois, Lisa Gray of Peoria, Arizona, five grandchildren, Brian Gray, Alex Gray, Josh
Gray, Katherine Loffman, Mark Loffman, and by his puppies Chloe Jean and Sammy
Earl, his siblings, Ron (RosaLee) Gray, Dan (Teana) Gray, Elaine (Marlin) France and
Roger (Terri) Gray, several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was a graduate of Industry High School, where he played basketball and
football. James began his sales career with Shell Oil Company in 1963. He worked
there until 1968. On July 15, 1968 he continued his sales career at a Macomb
Business known today as Purdum Gray Ingledue Beck Inc. He served as President of
PGIB from 1996 until his retirement in 2018. The Macomb mayor declared James E. Gray Day as July 20, 2018.
James served on the board for many organizations including; The United Way,
YMCA, Macomb Country Club and Meadowbrook Subdivision. Additionally, he served
as Treasurer on the McDonough County 708 Club for many years, and served on the
board for the Bridgeway Organization for 43 years. He was a Pekin Insurance
Company Lifetime Inner Circle Member.
He liked to watch sports, especially golf and football. He enjoyed golfing and
taught his children to play. He enjoyed playing racketball at the YMCA in his early
years. He appreciated and had an eye for art. James was a devoted husband, father,
grandfather, brother and friend.
Visitation will be held on September 16 from 4:00-7:00 at Clugston-Tibbitts
Funeral home in Macomb, Illinois. Funeral Services will be Friday September 17, 2021
at 2:00 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. Masks will be required at the Church. Following the celebration, all are
invited to a reception at the Macomb Country Club to celebrate the lives of James and
Memorials may be made to The Bridgeway Organization or Serenity Hospice in Oregon, Illinois. You may leave
condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbitts.com.