Visitation Friday, July 15, 2022 AT 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Memorial Service Friday July 15, 2022 AT 11:00 AM Ohde Funeral Home

Loyce Gray, age 86, of Manning, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll. Memorial services will be at 11 AM on Friday, July 15, 2022, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning, with visitation after 10 AM.

Loyce Marlene, daughter of Raymond and Leola (Spear) Gray, was born July 3, 1935, on a farm in Crawford County near Manilla, Iowa. A few years later she moved with her family to a farm southwest of Manning. She attended country schools near Manning through the seventh grade. In 1949, she, her brother, and parents moved to a farm near Alexandria, Minnesota. It was there that she completed eighth grade and started high school. In October 1952, her senior year, she and her mother moved to Manning after the death of her father. She graduated from Manning High School Class in 1953.

After graduation she worked at the Golden Rule, a women's clothing store, for a short time before beginning her career as bookkeeper at Manning Motor Company. She worked there from 1954 to May of 2010, over 56 years, when the business closed. Loyce then sold her house on Center Street and moved to an apartment on Elm Street. She then worked in a job-training position in the New Hope Store for two years until the program expired. She continued to work there on a volunteer basis another four years until the store went out of business.

Loyce was always active - visiting with friends, walking, bicycling, reading, working jigsaw and word puzzles, surfing the internet, playing computer games, and watching westerns on television, especially John Wayne movies.

On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, Loyce passed away at Regency Park in Carroll, Iowa, after a long battle with cancer. She was 86 years, 11 months, and 26 days of age.

Loyce was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and an infant niece.

She is survived by her brother Donald Gray of Corvallis, Oregon; niece Tania (Andy) Ross of Corvallis; nephew Justin (Eileen Helmer) Gray of Fort Collins, Colorado; great-nephew Isaac Ross of Corvallis; and several cousins.

Lincoln No. 3
page 146 of the Manning Schools history book

Loyce Gray & Roger Vollstedt Queen/King Prom 1953

Loyce Gray MHS 1953

MHS 1953: Vera Ahrenholtz, Marlene Anthony, Glenn Branning, Phyllis Branning, Claus Bunz, Margene Drees, Allan Eich, Mary Lou Foley, Daryl Genzen, Loyce Gray, David Grundmeier, Dorothy Hammer, Marlene Hargens, Marlene Jahn, Wilbur Jahn, William Jensen, Ardella Joens, Donna Joens (Salutatorian), Barbara Knaack, Dareld Kracht, Gene Kuhl, Gene Martens (Valedictorian), Roland Meeves, David Muhlbauer, Robert Neubaum, Pete Petersen, Lewis Puck, Merlin Ramsey, Patricia Ramsey, Richard Rix, Corrine Sander, Cleone Schroeder, Colleen Schwiesow, Maxine Sextro, Ruth Sextro, Shirley Sextro, Glenn Singsank, Melvin Sinow, Donna Spies, Norbert Stoberl, Betty Stuhr, Merlene Thompson, Allen Vennink, Shirley Vinke, Roger Vollstedt, Shirley Watson, Myra Weinbrandt, James Wingrove, Phyllis Zerwas

Former members: Dean Aden, Janet Asmus, Carol Bliefert, Joseph Bringleson, Jr., Mary Bringleson, Janet Dau, James Davenport, Michael Farmer, Jack Fuller, Howard Gilman, Roger Hansen, Mary Ann Hass, Richard Henriksen, Mary Ann Holme, Donald Lerssen, Caroline Louisfield, Roger Mentzer, Ramon Meyers, Leo Miller, Charlotte Mishler, Patricia Pare, Janice Popp, JoAnn Ramsey, Betty Remmes, James Rostermundt, Darrel Sander, Lois Sander, Everett Slechta, Arlo Stein, Michael Sullivan, Nadine Walters, Jon Wiemann

1952 Spotlite

1953 graduation program

Lillian Spear with her Jefferson Township country school student, Beverly Peters

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