ILWACO Roy C. Gray, 78, died Oct. 16, 2013, at his Ilwaco residence. He was born July 21, 1936, in Longview, the youngest son of Roy and Pearl Gray. Growing up on the Peninsula he worked summers bucking hay and did other farm chores on the Goulter farm. Roy also unloaded boats for people salmon fishing out of the Port of Ilwaco. One of his childhood memories was riding his horse up and down the Peninsula.
Roy graduated from the Ocean Beach School District. Post World War II he served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany where he was a bridge builder, a skill he would later put to good use locally. Returning home he worked at a cedar mill out by the Naselle River.
Roy married Doretha LeAnne Myers and they were parents of sons, Rick, Larry and Terry. They purchased a home on Sandridge Road by Carl Drakes Darigold distributorship and across from Vern and Ella Worthington. Roy took a job with the Pacific County road crew and following many years of service retired as road superintendent.
Roy was a lifelong member of the Peninsula Saddle Club, Long Beach Elks, Ocean Park Eagles, and supported several local youth organizations. He enjoyed making wooden toys, dump trucks, loaders, cranes, dozers, remote control speedboats, sailboats and tugboats. Roy was a reader of western novels, an avid clam digger and football fan and enjoyed the occasional Dungeness crab that would find its way to him. Roys favorite hobby was visiting and talking with friends and family as he had a flare for telling stories.
Roy is survived by children: Rick Gray, Larry Gray, Terry Gray, Sheridan Reusser, Tracy Madson and Kathlene Burger; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, with another on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m., at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 N in Seaview. A reception follows in the social hall. Memorials may be made to the Long Beach Fire Department, P.O. Box 310, Long Beach, WA 98631. His guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.