Saturday, January 21st, 2017
Stephen Paul Gray, age 58 of Westerville, Ohio and formerly of Celina, Ohio passed away on Tuesday Jan 17, 2017 at his residence in Westerville.
Stephen was born on Sept. 15, 1958 in Celina, Ohio to Thomas Paul and Esther Francis (Geier) Gray. He married Elizabeth Karen (Hulsey) Gray, the love of his life, on June 26, 1986, who survives in Westerville.
Also surviving are his children Abigail and Brandon Stiles, Jeremy Gray and his girlfriend Lauren Leathers, all of Westerville, a grandson Phoenix Stiles, brothers and sisters-in-law Kenneth and Carol Gray of Celina, James and Karri Gray of Celina, David and Beata Gray of Columbus, sisters and brothers-in-law Vickie and Bob Hoskins of Georgetown, TX, Sandy and Tom Braun of Celina, Connie Matheson of Columbus and his Godparents Lou Ann Wendel of Cardington and Gerald Gray of Celina. He is also survived by 21 nieces and nephews and 13 great nieces and nephews.
Stephen graduated from Celina High School with the Class of 1976, then he furthered his education at Ohio Northern University and The Ohio State University.
He was employed at CORC, the State of Ohio and Vances Outdoors. He valued education and spending time with his family. He enjoyed hunting, coaching soccer, traveling, spending time at the park and watching his favorite TV shows.
A viewing will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday January 22, 2017 at the Hill Funeral Home 220 S. State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday January 28, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, with Fr. Kenneth Schnipke C.PP.S officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Celina.
A visitation will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at the Lehman-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina, before a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 28, 2017.
The Gray family request in Lieu of flowers, please make donation in Stephen Gray's name to one of the following charities that held a special place in his heart: Make a Wish Foundation 2545 Farmers Drive Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio 43235, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriners Hospital for Children 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
Condolences may be left at LehmanDzendzelFH.com.