Robert Dean “Bob” Gray

A celebration of life for longtime Cortez resident Robert Dean “Bob” Gray will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Cortez First United Methodist Church. Pastor Tom Towns will officiate.

Bob was born May 28, 1924 in Meade, Kan. the son of William Thomas and Eva B. (Eliason) Gray. He passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at his residence at the age of 88.

Bob served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He was stationed on the U.S.S. Charles Ausburne which was the flagship of the famous Little Beaver Squadron. On April 5, 1952, Bob married Anna Maud Kinnamon in Sedan, Kan. Bob was active in his community. He was a 56-year member of Hebron Masonic Lodge #314 in Gridley, Kan. He was also a lifelong member of Elks. An avid golfer, Bob was instrumental in the creation of the M-CHS golf program. He coached the golf team for many years. In his free time, Bob enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also was an accomplished woodworker, a trade he taught to others.

Surviving Bob are his loving wife of 59 years, Ann Gray of Cortez; his children, Marcia Michaelis of Cortez, and Tom Gray of Cortez; his grandchildren, Tyler Michaelis of Cortez and Dani Thompson and husband, Paul of Fort Collins, Colo.; and his sister, Betty Jean Heinson of Meade, Kan. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and 11 siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bob Gray’s name to the Conquistador Junior Golf Association or to the Cortez First United Methodist Church.

Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.