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Tom Gray

 

February 5, 2020

A Farmer. Loved by as many people as John Deere combine miles driven.

Tom Gray, born March 25, 1936, passed away on Jan. 22, 2020, in Sun City, Arizona. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lynda, "The most beautiful woman I've ever seen," and their six children, Chris LeNormand, Carrie Roller (Shawn), Tonya Osborne (Craig), Shellynda Michalek (Dan), Rick Gray, Talyn Fields (Bret), and his sister Velma Husted. He was Papa to 15 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and numerous loved nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Shelvie and Greta, and siblings Harold, Stan, and Shelba.

Tom was born in Prosser, Washington, and graduated from Goldendale High School. Tom served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1961. He returned to the Bickleton family farm where he and Lynda raised their six children. Tom served on the Klickitat County Planning Commission and was awarded Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1973. He was a member of Elks Lodge BPOE 1868 of White Salmon.

Tom enjoyed a good game of golf and any and every sport and took great pride in the endeavors of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. All who had the pleasure of knowing Tom Gray knew that he was a man of great pride and loved his family, friends, and farming. He was a hardworking man who was humble, loyal, honest, and kind. We always knew that we were loved, and a day will not go by that he will not be missed.

A memorial service will be held this summer in Bickleton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alder Creek Pioneer Association, PO Box 116, Bickleton, WA 99322.

 

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