By Press Release
Published Thursday, June 9, 2016 9:28 am
Thomas Owen "Cowboy" Gray died June 3, 2016. He was 71.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 9, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta. Inurnment will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, June 10, at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.
Mr. Gray was born in Big Springs, Texas, May 1, 1945, to Owen and Lorena Gray. He spent his childhood on West Texas ranches and graduated in Van Horn, Texas.
He joined the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran and an air policeman. After his tour in Vietnam, he was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base where he met and married Troy Ann. They moved back to Van Horn, Texas.
Mr. Gray was a foreman for the Texas Department of Highways and Transportation. He later took a job with Texaco and moved to Monahans, Texas. When he was offered early retirement from Texaco at the age of 50, the family moved to Cedaredge where he worked for the Cedaredge Public Works Department until he retired.
He was a cowboy, bullrider, policeman, firefighter for Van Horn Volunteer Fire Department and a black belt in Isshin-Ryu karate. He enjoyed being a husband, father and grandfather, hunting, shooting, camping and four-wheeling.
Mr. Gray is survived by his wife, Troy Ann; his sons, Tyler (Elaine) Gray and their daughter Harlyn, and Trent (Christy) Gray and their children Kamry, Garrett and Emily; and his sisters, Pat McGinty and Theresa Painter.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Ann Hendrix.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Mesa VFW Post #9221, P.O. Box 302, Cedaredge, CO 81413.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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