Phillip Wayne Gray

Phillip Wayne Gray, 73, of Kansas City, MO has taken a peaceful journey home to our Lord Jesus Christ on March 23, 2016 after a 2 ½ year battle with prostate cancer.   The family has had an awesome life with their husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and has tons of wonderful memories and no regrets, therefore, we  will not be holding a funeral  or memorial service.  He is flying high with Jesus reuniting with all his family and friends who have  preceded him on the journey home to heaven.

When GOD said “Let there be light” I’m sure he hit my dad on the head with one of those beams because my dad lit up the life of everyone around him.  My dad was always happy and smiling, absolutely the kindest, most generous person to everyone he knew and a lot of neighbors he did not know.  Seems he mowed everyone’s yard.   If he thought their grass was too high or knew they weren’t able to mow, he mowed it for them.   He spent his life as a professional automobile mechanic and when he wasn’t at work, he was busy keeping everyone in the family’s car running, or helping them fix or build something,  never asking for anything in return.   Probably the most famous things he will be remembered for are all the contraptions he built for his daughter , grandchildren and great grandchild to play with or ride in when they were growing up, from a swimming pool out of a horse trough with a car hood as a slide, to go carts and lawn mowers used to pull a cart or wagon with all the grandkids around the neighborhood and then they were able to drive when they were old enough.  My dad made life fun for his family always creating something new to entertain us with or he  walked on his hands in the yard or made faces at us to make us smile.   But the most valuable possession my father gave to his family was his TIME.  He always had time for each and every one of us, no matter what.  He never said no and nothing was impossible and he never crushed anyone’s dream.   When you were down he lifted you up with his silliness from his jokes to his old dirty, made up, county songs.  One of his favorite things to do was go to the casino, eat crab legs and lose my mother’s winnings.  Thank you Micky for generously providing him with the complimentary passes to feed one of his many loves in life.    My dad loved to take road trips and we took many 3-4 day trips all over this country and then he started taking his grandkids.  He loved gambling, building things, ice cream and little Debbie cupcakes.  He was always videotaping with his camcorder and he loved having his picture taken.  Our family was truly blessed having this man in our lives and we will forever be molded into his likeness and touched by his spirit, heart and soul.

Wayne was preceeded in the journey to heaven by his parents, John Paris (JP) and Carrie Mae (Momma Gray) Gray, brothers Gentry, John, Jim &  Bill Gray and his sisters Nell Harris and Laner McCurry.

He is survived by his Wife of 53 years, Carmen (Roberts) Gray, Daughter, Christine (Gray) Kresse, 3 very beautiful and cherished Grandchildren, Jenna Renee (Kresse) Brantley,  Natalie Ruth Kresse and Justin Wayne Kresse, 2 very precious and priceless angels, his Great Granddaughters,  that he loved more than life itself, Katlyn Andrea DiNardo and Coraline Jay Martinez and his only living brother, Robert Gray and many nieces nephews.

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  1. Mandy Hebert on March 24, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    RIP Uncle Wayne. Very beautifully written Christy.



  2. Lorie Estelle on March 24, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    My sincere condolences Chris. What a gift from God is a father. It sounds like your dad was a reflection of the love of our Heavenly Father. You echoed my recent words to my daughter in law. There is no better gift from a parent or a grandparent, than their time. My sympathies in your time of loss. My joy for your time with him!



  3. Cindy Pugh on March 24, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Our family sends our deepest condolences. In reading this, and knowing your dad, all I can think is “That’s how you live! Leave a lasting impact on the people that know and love you.” You all were very lucky to have had him in your lives, and even luckier to have all those wonderful memories to make your heart smile. Thinking of you all.



  4. Joe Gray on March 24, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I think I remember Uncle Wayne walking on his hands at my wedding reception. He’d have been 57 or 58 then. A rare fellow indeed. He will be missed.



  5. Natalie Kresse on March 25, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I like to remember the good times i had with my grandfather!
    My favorite past time with him was how we used to sit on the front porch swing and just chat or laugh at things!
    Once we were sitting there and he told me an adult nursery rhyme that I have laughed at for years!
    Went like this ” little miss muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey, along came a spider that sat down beside her and said
    what’s in the bowl bitch?”
    when I think of my grandfather I only see the happy times and smile! He was one of a kind! I smile at the thought of him! I will miss you grandpa!! Thank you for all the great experiences and time you shared with me! I love you!



  6. Marsha Eddy on March 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Keeping it real – and REAL funny – that is exactly how I will always remember Uncle Wayne!! Aunt Carmen, Christi, Jenna, Natalie and Justin – I love each one of you very much!!



  7. Julie Anello on March 26, 2016 at 9:07 am

    This is just wonderful! What a tribute to Wayne. Kindness and laughter are the two things I remember most about him even as a child. It was an honor to see him and all of you again in these last few weeks. Peace to you all.



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