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Gray, Richard Lee

Gray, Richard Lee

November 3, 1952 — October 18, 2019

Richard Lee Gray, 66, of Liberty, MO, known by everyone as Richie, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2019, from complications arising from Alzheimer's Disease. His family was, and had been, by his side on the days leading up to his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ann Elizabeth and George Leslie Gray.

Richie was born in Kansas City, MO, November 3, 1952, the youngest of three boys. In 1958, the family moved to Liberty, MO, where Richie graduated from Liberty High School in 1971 and William Jewell College in 1975. Richie was employed by TWA and eventually retired from American Airlines in Kansas City. He was an avid tennis player and golfer. He had the honor and privilege of playing tennis with Luciano Pavarotti when he visited Liberty. He frequently played pickup basketball games and enjoyed many sports as a spectator. Richie especially loved watching his grandsons, Tyler and Landon Klee, in their sports.

Richie found Karen Hendrix in his early 30’s, who became his partner for the remainder of his life. Karen had her own daughter, Denise, and everyone accepted and recognized Richie and Karen as husband and wife. Denise loved Richie and considered him her dad for the past 30 plus years.

Richie was an avid reader and was well versed in politics, both local and national. Like his father and brothers, Richie was opinionated, but he didn't waste time on social media, preferring to pass his retirement years with Karen, Denise and their grandchildren.

Unfortunately, Richie's retirement was cut short by early onset Alzheimer's. Richie lived as healthy a lifestyle as anyone could. He never smoked or took so much as an aspirin. He did however love to splurge on a Burger King Junior Whopper and small Sonic shake every so often.

Richie is survived by his life love, Karen, of the home; daughter, Denise Mahon (Charlie); three grandchildren, Tyler and Landon Klee and Delaney Mahon of Kansas City, MO; two brothers, David Leslie (Cheryl) of Kansas City, MO, James Michael (Lorrie) of Duck River, TN; three nieces, Kerrie Meinert (Aaron) of Kearney, Sarah Gray of Marshall, MO, and Leslie Kilgore of Huntsville, AL; two nephews Michael Gray (Dorothy) of Keller, TX, and Jeffrey Gray of Huntsville; as well as many extended family members.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, followed by a service celebrating Richie's life at 10:30 am, on Saturday, October 26, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Burial will follow in Glenridge Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (www.alzinfo.org).

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, followed by a service celebrating Richie’s life at 10:30 am, on Saturday, October 26, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Burial will follow in Glenridge Cemetery.

Gray, Richard Lee's Guestbook

Our prayers and thoughts go out to you Karen, Denise and family. Richie was a delight to know the short time we knew him. We will always remember his kindness and warm smile. God's blessings upon all of you during this difficult time. Mary Beth & Charlie

Charlie & Mary Beth Mahon

Like all things, we never know how important someone is until they're gone. Richie was as unique as anyone can be. So many people knew him, admired him, and loved him. I will miss going to Royals games with him, sharing some tennis moments, and lively political discussion.

David Gray

I got to grow up with Richie coming to the pool when he saw I was alone to keep me company. He would talk to me about school and things that were going on in my life at that young age. He always felt like a friend that cared and just wanted me to feel like I wasn't alone, and for that I will always be grateful for this good guy who I happened to cross paths with. I'm so glad, knowing Karen and Richie seperately, that they found such happiness together. I'm so sorry for his early loss to Alzheimer's, but also glad to know he was so well taken care of and loved until the end. Karen, Denise and family my thoughts, prayers and love are with you in your loss.

Shawna Hayes

I met Richie (Mouse) in 1980 on a tennis court and we quickly became friends. for the next 35 yrs or so we spent countless hours on tennis courts, basketball courts, golf courses, grilling out, and drinking a few beers. I'm pretty sure I knew him as well as anyone during those years, and they were filled with treasured memories I'll keep in my heart forever. We made several trips to California to visit my family, and he made a few of his own without me to visit them....they loved having him visit. When I got married and moved to Florida in the mid 90's Mouse was a frequent visitor, more fun and memories to be sure. Richie loved his family. He talked often of his parents, and his brothers. He always spoke highly of their intellect, and work ethic. When Richie met Karen it was the same thing. He embraced Denise as a part of being in Karen's life and tried to be a good influence, which Denise will tell you he was. When Denise started her family Richie was there, he loved her boy's and really enjoyed having them around. Thank you Karen for being there. My wife Amy told me once when I ask her what was it that attracted people to Richie that it was that he was a "good listener". She couldn't have been more right. So Mouse, if you're listening, I love you, and I'm sorry I wasn't there at the end.Thank you for 35 great years of friendship and memories...it was a blast.

Brian Paulson

My condolences in this trying time. Richie may you rest in peace.

Charlie Bray

First of all, I want to share my condolences to Karen and the family. Richie and I were great friends growing up and we graduated from high school together. I will always remember him as Mouse. He was a great buddy of so many of us. I will remember the times that Mouse and I would go hunting... did not have much luck but we had fun anyway. He will be missed by all who knew him. Sorry for your loss.

Steve Flickinger

dear Karen ,Denise and family...I am saddened at the passing of Rich....I worked with Rich in the stores department at TWA.....I got Rich interested in the Kennedy assassination while working at TWA...Rich,myself,Mike Johnson and Jimmy Loftus (also TWAers) took a day trip on American Airlines to Dallas in the early 1990's to Dealey Plaza,walked the grounds,the picket fence on the grassy knoll and toured the Texas book Depository....we all had a grand day and one I will always remember....I also loved talking politics with Rich. He was a great friend....Rest in peace Rich!!!

john jennings

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