Don L. Grey, 86 of Brazil, passed away October 21, 2016 at 6:45 am at his home.
He was born December 2, 1929 in Clay County, the son of Joseph Grey, Sr. and Anna Nicholson Grey. He graduated from Brazil High School, Class of 1947. As a young man, he began working at Dix Lumber in Brazil, leaving to serve his country.
On December 2, 1950, he was united in marriage to Phyllis McKenzie Grey. Together they raised their family in Brazil.
He joined the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1951-1955, and achieved the rank of Staff Sgt. When he returned home from the service, he began working at Powell-Stevenson Lumber Co. in Terre Haute. He worked there from 1955-1986. He had a love of working with wood, passed through the generations of his family. He could make cabinets, wire a house, finish trim in a home and complete a deck, and more. He enjoyed being a master carpenter. He also sold cabinets, built them and installed the finished product.
He and Phyllis enjoyed spending time at Cataract Lake and had a pontoon boat at one time. They also loved time spent at Coco Beach in Florida each July, making that a special family time.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Phyllis Grey; two sons, Ron Grey and wife Jody, and Randy Grey and wife Mila all of Brazil; four grandchildren, Chad Grey and wife Tiffany, Adam Grey, Jordan Nelson and wife Nikki, and Haleigh Navel; six great-grandchildren, Caden, Ainsley, Landry, Ashelyn, Matthew and Adam; one sister Shirley Boyce and husband Don of Greenfield, IN; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Floyd Grey, Lester Grey, Herb Grey, and Joe Grey; two sister, Elizabeth Wagle and Betty Harris.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11:00am at the Lawson-Miller Chapel with Pastor Rich Laskowski officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery with military honors provided by the U.S. Air Force. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8pm at the funeral home and again Tuesday prior to services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Christ Community Church 10942 N. St. Rd. 59, Brazil, IN. Post a note of condolence at www.lawson-millerchapel.com