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John Walter Gray


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John Walter Gray, age 86, of Chino, California. He was entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 23, 2017 following a hospitalization due to illness.
John was born on March 2, 1931 to his beloved parents, Joseph and Grace Gray in Erick, Oklahoma. He moved with his family to New Mexico and settled in the Hondo Valley in 1943. Continuing school in Tinnie, he later graduated from Hondo High School in 1951. Shortly after high school he joined the United States Marine Corps. While stationed in California he met and married his wife Charlene for the next 63 years. John exited after serving proudly in the United States Marine Corps, with a rank of Lance Corporal; Squadron VMF214. He then took on a new career as a sales manager in the food services industry, with the Cargill Corporation.
He was preceded in death by both parents, two sisters, Pauline Poeling, Rose Porter, two brothers Joe Wayne Gray, C.E. (Buck) Gray, and one loving daughter-in-law Silvia Gray. John leaves behind his loving wife Charlene Gray, five loving sons; Kenneth Gray of Camby, Oregon, Ron Gray and his wife Marika of Germany. Doug Gray and his wife Nancy of Chino, California, Jeff Gray of Germany, and Kerry Gray of Riverside, California. He also leaves behind his five grandchildren, Cory Gray, Christopher Gray, Daniel Gray, Janessa Gray, and Dennis Gray along with four great-grandchildren, Isabella, Charlotte, Phillip, and Vayda. He also leaves behind one surviving sister Carrie Sue Mathews of Roswell, NM.
Funeral services were held on July 27, 2017 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California, with full military honors.

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