Donna K. Gray

Donna K. Gray, 76, of Overland Park, KS passed away November 30, 2017. Donna grew up in St. Joseph, Mo and was enlisted in the U.S. Air force from 1961 – 1964. Donna was then enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1976 – 1993  and retired at the rank of Command Sergeant Major. During her military career, Donna was able to travel the world, which was one of her favorite things to do. She had the opportunity to live in both Germany and Korea and received several distinguished awards, including the Legion of Merit award and Meritorious Service Medal. Donna retired for a a second time in 2007 from the City of Overland Park. Donna led an amazing life and will be missed by family and friends. Survivors include Nikkie Cluster (sister), Carmen Flannigan (sister), Stephanie Pruitt (daughter), Mikael Pruitt (Grandson), MariAnn McCurry (Granddaughter In-law), MariAnna Pruitt (Granddaughter).


  1. Sam J Nicholas, Sergeant Major Retired on December 1, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    So sorry to hear, my thoughts and prayers are with her family. We served together during several assignments.

  2. Henry and Kathy Payne on December 2, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I was privileged to Serve with Donna Gray in Germany from 1986-1988. She was one of the most dedicated Soldiers I ever Served with. Donna’s promotion to Sergeants Major demonstrated her professionalism and leadership skills. We remained close friends and she was considered by my family to be family.

    Her long battle with Alzheimer’s was well fought and she never waved the white flag. I could go on for hours about how special Donna was to me. I know this world has lost an Angel and the Lord welcomed her with open arms. R.I.P. our special friend.

    Sympathy to the entire family from ours.

  3. Gordon L. Hayes on December 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Donna was truly a magnificent person. She will truly be missed and my thoughts and prayers go with her.

  4. SGM Ret. Nelson Oquendo on December 2, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    May God Bless her and the Family!!! For ever Rest in Peace Sister in Arms!!!!

  5. Douglas E. Murray on December 4, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Douglas E. Murray, CSM, USA Ret, Fifth CSM, USAR
    My memories of Donna, while distant, are nonetheless strong and lasting. As a most Senior NCO and ultimately CSM, Donna exuded confidence and professionalism in all her assignments earning her laudable comments and richly deserved awards. And beyond her successes in uniform, she was equally professional and personal in the rest of her life. Rest In Peace Donna.

  6. Kathy Kelley on December 5, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    So sorry to hear. She was a truly genuine person who was nice to work with. She and her family will be in my prayers.

  7. Janet Luessenheide on December 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. She was such a special person. She was my other mother at work, because Stephanie and I shared the same birthday. She will be truly missed. Stephanie, Mikael and family are in my prayers.

  8. Bea Thies on December 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    My eyes teared up when I heard of her passing. Donna trained me at the City of Overland Park, and went above & beyond. My condolences to all of the family.

  9. Bill Ebel on December 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I was so sad to hear about the passing of Donna. I worked with her in the Public Works Department for the City of Overland Park, Kansas. Donna was a magnificent person and an amazing public servant. She was extremely dedicated, professional, caring, and thoughtful. I admired her greatly. My deepest sympathies.

  10. Dave Bergner on December 21, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I was Donna’s supervisor at Overland Park Public Works but always regarded her as the true “boss” because of her professionalism, commitment and courtesy towards all. ( And in part because she was a Command Sergeant Major!) She was greatly respected and admired by the staff. We were very fortunate to have her on board. After she retired my wife and I would often have dinner with her and we valued her friendship.

  11. Doug Brown on December 21, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    During my time in the Overland Park Public Works Department, I never met anyone who didn’t like and respect Donna. She led by example, always in a positive and supportive way. She was a great ambassodor for the organization and a good friend.

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