Fredrick Harley Gray
June 12, 1935 - March 18, 2018
Fredrick Harley Gray passed away on March 18, 2018 in his home in Salem, Oregon. He was born on June 12, 1935 in Manila, Philippines.
During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in WWII, while Fred’s father, Chester Gray, was away serving with the US Merchant Marines, his mother, Marcella Tibayan Gray, refused to surrender her family. As a result, Fred and four of his siblings hid in the jungles of Mindanao along with their mother from 1942 until the liberation of the Philippines in 1945.
Fred joined the United States Army and served several tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces. After serving in the army, Fred worked with the satellite and radar systems group at Hughes Aircraft.
Fred often opened his home to service members, seminarians, and others far from their families. An advocate of community service, he led the efforts in establishing the Greater Salem Filipino American Association and served as the organization's first president.
Although Fred did not have the opportunity to go to college until his retirement from the army, he was brilliant with electronics and diagnosing any mechanical issue that arose. If you had an issue with your car, he would go to the library and grab books to diagnose the issue and ultimately fix your car. Fred also had a talent for drawing and art.
No matter where they lived, Fred drove cross-country to go home to Oregon in the summers. He frequently stopped at historical and significant landmarks. The family also traveled through parts of Europe in the family station wagon.
Fred loved to fish on lakes, rivers, and streams and kept tackle boxes and a variety of poles in the back of the wagon. An avid bowler, he was a member of several bowling leagues. Fred placed in the 2011 25th State Games of Oregon and went on to bowl in the 2011 State Games of America.
Fred is survived by his children, Angela Roarty Condon Jim,Natalie Haar Dale, Mark Gray Jennifer, and Joseph Gray; his grandchildren, Houston Gray, Emily Haar, Gabrielle Roarty, Bridget Gray, and Tristan Gray; his sibling, Lora Homan, Eileen Bacheller Leroy, Tom Gray Cheryl, Jacinto Graciosa Marcia, Vivian Gettis Jerry, Mae Arbogast Cal, Mary Buckley Pat, and Richard Cruz Yollie as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends too many to mention.
Fred was predeceased by his parents, Chester and Marcella Gray; his siblings, Ed and George Gray, and Elizabeth Catapat; and former spouse and friend, Josefina Gray.
Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 pm with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 4th, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:30 pm on Thursday, April 5th, at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 1010 Columbia St NE, Salem, OR. Graveside service with full military honors, 9:30 am, Friday, April 6th, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd, Portland, OR 97086.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred's name to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church https://stvincentparishsalem.org/ will be greatly appreciated.