---- — HITEMAN — Steven Michael Gray, 63, of Hiteman, passed away July 7, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.
Steve was born Jan. 5, 1950, to Jesse “Speck” and Mary (Hoover) Gray in Ottumwa. He married Susan Bettis, and to this union, three children were born, Michelle, Mike and Monica. Steve and Susan later divorced. Steve married Sandy Inman on Jan. 1, 1997, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Albia.
A 1968 graduate of Albia High School, Steve grew up and attended grade school in Hiteman. Steve was skilled in many areas. He had several jobs in his lifetime, including working at Albia Light & Railway, John Deere, working on furnaces, owning Gray’s Handyman Service, working at Cunninghams and working at M & W.
Steve enjoyed farming in his young adult life. He enjoyed being outdoors and working with his horses. Steve was musically talented and loved to sing and play the guitar. He enjoyed helping others and having coffee with his Hiteman buddies. Most of all, Steve loved spending time with his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.
Steve is survived by his mother, Mary Gray of Albia; his wife, Sandy Gray of Hiteman; three children, Michelle (Doug) Weldon, Mike (Carrie) Gray and Monica (Richard) Tharp, all of Albia; six grandchildren, Bobby, Tawny, Sydney, Hunter, Garrett and Cooper; a great-grandson, Kaiden; his siblings, Cathy (Jim) Flattery of Albia, Greg (Jolene Aunspach) Gray of Albia, Mary Beth (Gary) Caster of Albia and Tim (Debbie) Gray of Rochelle, IL. Steve is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Patricia “Patty” Gray.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia; Fr. Michael E. Volkmer, C.PP.S. officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date in the Hiteman Cemetery in Hiteman.
Visitation will open to the public at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia with Steve’s family present throughout the day and evening. A rosary will be led at 4 p.m., provided by St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society.
Memorials may be directed to family.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.