Jonathan Gray

November 20, 1982 - July 3, 2002
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Jonathan Matthew Gray, 19, of Tippecanoe, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, as the result of a tragic automobile accident in Dover Township.Born in Canton, O, on November 20, 1982, Jon was a son of Daniel Paul and June Louise Moore Gray.A 2000 graduate of Lakeland High School, Jon attended Belmont Vocational School where h…

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Jonathan Matthew Gray, 19, of Tippecanoe, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, as the result of a tragic automobile accident in Dover Township.Born in Canton, O, on November 20, 1982, Jon was a son of Daniel Paul and June Louise Moore Gray.A 2000 graduate of Lakeland High School, Jon attended Belmont Vocational School where he studied to be a draftsman. Active in high school athletics, Jon set records running on the school’s track team, and enjoyed running on the Lakeland Cross Country team. In his private time, he loved the outdoors, and appreciated both the animals and plants that were a part of his home life. Jon will long be remembered as a friendly and unassuming young man who liked to make people laugh.In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister and brother both of whom he dearly loved, Melinda D. Gray of the home, and William D. Gray of Missouri; maternal grandfather Elmer E. Moore and paternal grandmother, Arline E. Gray, both of Canton; four aunts, Glenda (Richard) Irwin of Michigan, Bonnie (Ronald) Dierks of Newark O., Shirley Moore of Canton O., Betty (Larry) White of Georgia; four uncles, Donald Moore of Bolivar; David W. Gray, James E. (JoAnn) Moore, and Eddy (Georgia) Moore, all of Canton; a great-uncle, Lavern Manual of Newark O.; numerous cousins complete the family.Jon was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother; Martha Jane Moore, and paternal grandfather, William W. Gray Jr.Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 6pm at the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home in New Philadelphia. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 9 pm at the funeral home. The family will host a gathering in the Geib Family Center, adjacent to the funeral home, following the ceremony Wednesday evening. Cremation will take place following the funeral.The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, PO Box 92, New Philadelphia OH 44663.


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Born: November 20, 1982
Died: July 3, 2002

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Alycia Dunlap posted on 7/9/02

I met Jon when I was about 7 years old because he ran track and cross country with my sister. Us younger kids were always in the way so he always found away to keep us occupied when he wasn't running. He'd find fun things for us to do, and he'd stay with us until he had to be somewhere else. We had a lot of good times then and they continued throughout the years util July 3rd. We share tons of great memories between the day we met and they day he died.I already miss him! He always found a way to make everyone around him laugh. I wish he were still here. He didn't deserve to die at such a young age. I really miss him!


Agoodfriend posted on 9/22/02

I have known Jon my entire life. We have pretty much been inseperable for as long as I can remember until about two years before his death. We would still hang out together, laugh, and share advice. I do have to admit he was an honest person. He would tell me what I needed to hear and not what I wanted to hear. I respected that. We would also have our "bad" moments too. He would get me so angry at him. He would be so stubborn. I couldn't stay angry at him. Jon would eventually do or say something to make me laugh it off. I miss all those moments. I miss his humor, his laugh, everything...even his damn stubborness. He was a good kid. He never kissed anyone's butt to make people like him. That's why he never did quite fit in around the Freeport,Tippecanoe,Westchester area. The majority of those people are too stuck on themselves and are fake. They backstab and put people down if they do not meet thier "standards". Sorry people, Jon stood on a higher level. Jon had more Christian-like qualities than all of those people. I think they know who they are. Anyways, I'm not writting this to bash anyone, just to justify. Jon was awesome. I miss him so much. I think of him with every breathe I take, I honestly do. I would give anything to just see him one more time so I could tell him I love him and hug him for as long as I wanted. He is in God's hands now. Hopefully, I will get to see him again in the end and I will do just that. I miss you,Jon and frankly I hate walking alone.


Sarah Rickey posted on 7/15/02

The loss of my close friend, Jon, has been really hard for me to accept. I have known Jon since he moved to West Chester. He would always walk to my house any time of the year just to talk and pass time. We would talk for hours on my porch about life and everything that was happening around us. He taught me alot about how to live my life carefree and he always told me "to be yourself and not worry so much about others". I will always remember Jon by being someone gifted with art, human nature, and the ability to make someone laugh. My memories of Jon will always be in my heart and will be cherished forever. I will miss Jon so much in the years to come. Life won't be the same without him being around. I will pray for Jon and for his family. *Sarah Rickey*


Josh Smith posted on 7/8/02

"My Friend Jon" Me and Jon became good friends about four years ago. He was one of a few people that could make me laugh and would laugh with me. He was one of those kind of people that everyone liked and enjoyed to be around. He was honest and would do anything for you. Jon was everything you could ask for in a friend and I will truly miss him


Kori lynn Hilson posted on 7/10/02

To whom is reading this i am Shawna Hilson little sister and you probly now my brother to Brent,John use to come down to my old house in westchester brent and john were best friends.When i came down 4 the 4th of july my best friend told me about this terribale car accident i did know John really well he use to ride my bus and i will miss him dearly he was a verry great person that made me laugh i just want to let you know he will be in my heart 4 ever and i will be praying 4 him and your family.Thank you *Kori Hilson* 2002