John P. Bray I


John P. Bray I, 73, of Kenton, passed away at 12:13 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Kenton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in Bellefontaine on March 2, 1941, to the late France J. and Cybelline Thomas Bray. He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Bray; great-granddaughter, Haylee Hampton; a sister, Pamela Bray; and a brother, Thomas Bray.

He is survived by his children, Casey (Teresa) Bray of Mertens, Texas, Lisa (William) Wilson of Mt. Victory, Katherine Linebaugh of Belle Center, Pamela (Dean) Schneider of East Liberty, Judy (Joe) Rea of West Mansfield, John (Jessica) Bray II of Dayton and Thomas Bray of Middletown; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Campbell of Huntsville; two nieces, Sheryl and Kim Campbell; and a nephew, John Campbell.

John began his 45-year truck driving career with Midwest Trucking in Mt. Victory and retired from Clark Trucking.

He attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bellefontaine, and had previously attended St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Russells Point.

He enjoyed western music as he was talented in playing his guitar. He also enjoyed singing, gardening and spending time with his family.

Deacon Harold Dipple officiates a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today, July 11, and one hour prior to the service Saturday. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery, Bellefontaine.

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