Ronald Anthony Grey, Sr., age 81, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away on August 29, 2020, at his home, with family by his side.
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He was born on February 4, 1939 in New York, New York, the only child of Harold Melville and Kathleen Mitchener (Honey) Grey. After a 19 year marriage to Pura Rivera, producing his 3 beloved children, Ronald was united in marriage on October 26, 1985 in Cathedral City, California to Roberta Ilene Jay, who survives of the home.
Ronald attended Central High School in Valley Stream, New York. After graduation, he went on to serve his country in the United States Air Force and the United States Army. He proudly served for a total of 28 years, which included a 20 year break in service to work for Xerox, and retired, as an E-8 Master Sergeant. After moving to Jefferson City in 1999 as a civilian Army trainer at the Ike Skelton Center, Ronald earned his MBA from Lincoln University and worked for 17 years as a Substitute Teacher in both the JCPS and Southern Boone school districts.
Ronald was an avid reader and enjoyed studying military history and heraldry; even working on a more personalized version of the Grey family crest. He was lucky enough to travel the world, both in his work and with Roberta; trips to England and Scotland and a year in Bosnia were among the most special. Ronald had been a member of Grace Episcopal Church since 1999.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 35 years, Roberta Grey; his children, Deborah Thomas and her husband Rolland of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Ronald Grey, Jr. of Montclair, New Jersey, and Sandra Nintzel also of Montclair, New Jersey; his step-children, Eric Croft of Columbia, Mo. and Corease Grey of Norwich, England; 18 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren with a 4th due in January.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date and Ronald will be laid to rest in New York, to honor his wishes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Compassus at 600 Monroe Street #100, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.