Stillwater News Press

March 18, 2013

Harold Reynolds “Bud” Gray

Stillwater NewsPress

— Harold Reynolds “Bud” Gray, 80, of Stillwater, was reunited with his parents Leo and Thelma, and sister Millie on March 6.  Born in Drumright on Dec. 28, 1932, Harold was the third child out of five siblings.

Harold, better known as Bud to family and friends, was drafted into the Air Force in 1953. He served in the Air Force in the nuclear weapons field for 22 years retiring as a nuclear weapons superintendent. In 1974, the family moved to Stillwater, where Bud began his civilian career at Oklahoma State University as a researcher in the Agronomy Department. He retired from the university in 1996.

He enjoyed life outdoors, working in the yard, golfing, and fishing. His passions were his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Bud was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2012, and fought a couragous fight to the end.

Bud is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn; children, Sheri Karasek of San Antonio, Texas and Kevin Gray of Ft. Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Jennifer Sexton of Stillwater, Nicole Gray of London, Madeleine, Katherine, and Jacob Gray of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Madison Karasek of San Antonio, Texas; great-grandchildren, Grayson, Kennedy and Ainsley Sexton of Stillwater and Jameson Colt Reynolds Gray of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his siblings Darlene Porter of Skiatook, Marvin “Johnny” Gray and wife Judy, also of Skiatook, and Leon Gray and wife Pat of Bartlesville.  

Visitation will be held at Strode Funeral Home on Monday, March 11, 2013 from noon to 1:30 p.m..  Graveside service will be at 2  p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Rev. Owen Cayton officiating. Harold will be escorted to the cemetery by the Patriot Guard Riders.  Strode Funeral Home is in charge of the service.  Memorial Contributions may be made in his name to Judith Karmen Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076.

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