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Brian K. Gray

9/19/1967 - 12/16/2017

PEKIN ~ Brian Keith “Grayboy” Gray, 50, of Pekin, passed away at 7:44 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin Emergency Room.

Born September 19, 1967 in Pekin to Theodore Earl “Ted” and Genola Darlene (Hayes) Gray, he married Tracy Ann Watson on September 30, 2017 in Pekin.  She survives.

Surviving are his wife; mother, Genola Gray of Pekin; one brother, Michael (Cheryl) Gray of Pekin; nephew, Brandon (Amanda) Gray of Pekin; one grandnephew, Wrigley; one grandniece, Jazmin; one daughter, Rachel (Wesley) Davis of Morton; three step-children, Jeri Ann (Gary, Jr.) Cawthon, Heather Griffin, and James Griffin, all of Quincy; six step-grandchildren; and his mother-in-law, Sheila Kerns of Marion.

His father preceded him in death on February 27, 1999.

Brian was a 1985 graduate of Pekin Community High School.  While at PCHS he had excelled in several sports.

Brian worked at Keystone Steel and Wire Company in Bartonville for 27 years, retiring in 2013 as a furnace charger and welder in the steel mill.

He was a Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Cubs fan.  In former years, Brian enjoyed riding dirt bikes and hunting.

His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help the family with funeral expenses.

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