Gerald C. “Jerry” Gray

Gerald C. “Jerry” Gray

June 29, 1938 – April 29, 2024

In Loving Memory of Gerald C. “Jerry” Gray

Jerry, who consistently showered all around him with positive energy,  generosity and community spirit, peacefully passed away on April 29, 2024, in Omaha, Nebraska. Born on June 29, 1938, in Des Moines, Iowa, Jerry lived a life of purpose, dedication, and unwavering commitment to those he held dear.

From his early years at Central High School in Omaha, Jerry’s passion for sports ignited, shaping not only his youth, but also fostering lifelong friendships and instilling in him the values of teamwork and perseverance. This foundation laid the groundwork for his remarkable journey ahead.

Following his graduation, Jerry pursued higher education with vigor and determination, earning his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in 1960 (Go Pioneers!), and furthering his academic pursuits with an MBA from Stanford University in 1962. Armed with knowledge and ambition, Jerry embarked on a distinguished career in Data Processing, leaving an indelible mark on each organization he served.

In 1961, Jerry married the love of his life, Mary Peters McKenney. Their union was a beacon of love, partnership, and unwavering support. Mary’s steadfast devotion and love provided Jerry with the strength and inspiration to achieve greatness in both his personal and professional life. In June, Jerry and Mary would have been married an incredible 63 years.

Together, Jerry and Mary raised three cherished sons, Scott, Jeff, and Brian. Their home was a sanctuary of love, laughter and shared dreams, where family bonds were nurtured and memories were made.  One of Jerry’s greatest joys was spending time with his sons, whether coaching them on the sports field, sharing stories around the dinner table, or cheering them on from the sidelines of life.

Jerry’s love extended to the next generation, where he found immense joy in being a grandfather to Jeremy, Greer, Drew, Avery, Andrew, and Katie. His grandchildren were the apple of his eye, and he cherished every moment spent with them, imparting wisdom, sharing stories, and creating cherished memories that will endure for a lifetime.

Jerry’s passion for sports knew no bounds, and he was a devoted fan of the Husker Football and Volleyball teams, where he found joy in cheering them on to victory. His love for the game extended beyond his home state, as he followed the career of Caitlin Clark, who played for the Iowa Women’s basketball team, with admiration and enthusiasm.

One of Jerry’s proudest achievements was founding the Alvamar Invitation Golf Tournament in 1971, a tradition that continues to thrive 53 years later. This tournament, which he established with passion and dedication, has welcomed over 200 men over the years, fostering camaraderie, friendship, and a shared love for the game of golf.  You could always find Jerry on the course enjoying a round with friends and family.

Throughout his life, Jerry’s commitment to community service and philanthropy remained unwavering. He dedicated countless hours to volunteering with organizations such as Goodwill and Meals on Wheels, and actively participated in philanthropic endeavors that touched the lives of many.

Jerry’s faith was an integral part of his life. He was an active member of Countryside Church, where he served on numerous committees and worked tirelessly to integrate technology for the benefit of the congregation, up until his death.

Jerry’s legacy of love, compassion, and service will forever live on in the hearts of those he touched. His gentle spirit, warm smile, and unwavering generosity will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Jerry is survived by his devoted wife, Mary; and his loving sons, Scott (Jennifer), Jeffrey (Mindy), and Brian (Laura);  his adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Caitlin (Marley & Westin),  Greer and Griffin (Lane),  Drew and Barrett (Braeden, Blake and Emmy), Avery, Andrew and Madi, and Katie.

In honoring Jerry’s life, let us carry forward his legacy of kindness, community, generosity, and love, ensuring that his spirit continues to shine bright in the world he touched so deeply.

Rest in peace, dear Jerry. Your memory will be cherished always, and your legacy will inspire generations to come.

VISITATION: Friday, May 3, 2024, 2:30 PM, Countryside Community Church, 13130 Faith Plaza. CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE commencing around 3:00 PM.

Memorials are kindly requested to Countryside Community Church and can be made in the name of Gerald C. Gray on the online giving page.



  • Mary A. Hansen Posted May 1, 2024 2:16 pm

    I have good thoughts about Jerry and Mary from church. They worked together tirelessly ..

  • Donna L Miesbach Posted May 1, 2024 2:47 pm

    So very sorry to learn of your loss, Mary. Jerry was a good man. He will be missed by many.
    My love and prayers to you as you walk through this difficult time. Donna Miesbach

  • Rick Newcomer Posted May 1, 2024 3:05 pm

    Mary, Scott, Jeff and Brian,

    Jerry’s size 9 1/2 Footjoys have left a footprint in the community that will long be felt among family, friends and business associates . What a life well lived!

  • Louise and Don Giger Posted May 1, 2024 3:54 pm

    Mary, So sorry about Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Louise and Don

  • Molly & Mitch Anderson Posted May 1, 2024 5:12 pm

    He will be missed. His positive attitude, wonderful sense of humor and ever ready comebacks were always a joy to me. My most sincere condolences to you all.

  • Carol and Rick Russell Posted May 2, 2024 6:45 am

    Mary and Family,
    Jerry was a wonderful partner with you and I cherish the many times we were together at Countryside Church. We will be out of town to personally express our love, but know that you are in our thoughts.
    Carol and Rick

  • Jan Brown Posted May 2, 2024 9:21 am

    Mary and family, what at loving tribute for dear Jerry! When I became pastoral care coordinator, Jerry had the dubious task of trying to teach me how to use the data management system. There were many hiccups but he persevered! Always with humor and stories about golf. I just thought the world of this gentle and helpful man. My sympathy and love to you all. Mary, I’d love to stop by and see you later because we ‘re still in AZ and will miss the memorial service. Love, Jan

  • Don & Rita Otis Posted May 2, 2024 12:37 pm

    Mary & Family, our sincere condolences to you all. Jerry always had a great big smile and a light hearted laugh whenever our paths crossed. He was a great supporter of Countryside Church and our greater community, a great tribute to who he was. God bless you as you celebrate his life.

  • Lance and Lissa Melber Posted May 2, 2024 12:53 pm

    Sending our condolences and love to everyone. Lance and Lissa

  • Dean and Pat Thompson Posted May 2, 2024 1:02 pm

    What a privilege to live across the street from the Grays for many years. Our boys were friends and Mary and Gerry were always a joy to us. We send our love to you all.
    Dean and Pat

  • Sam Thompson Posted May 2, 2024 10:35 pm

    Jerry was always warm and welcoming when we had the chance to talk. I didn’t know him all that long, but I hope he’d feel proud of all the bright spots I can see he’s left in the lives of friends, family, acquaintances. We’ll miss you, Jerry.

  • mike spinharney Posted May 3, 2024 9:29 am

    Mary, Scott, Jeff, and Brian:
    Jerry was the greatest audience in the world. He laughed easily and heartily at your jokes and listened to your comments without judgement. I knew him from July of 1971 at ONB through all these years. I too was an Alvamar participant and always looked forward to the event each year.
    I know he wouldn’t want a big deal…but he was special and touched many lives. He will be missed.
    God bless to you.

    Mike Spinharney

  • dan wengert Posted May 3, 2024 11:57 am

    Have such fond memories growing up with Jerry. Especially playing softball with him, Scott and Jeff. Jerry was almost always money with a single. My condolences but look forward to celebrating his life today

  • Ed and Dinah Manning Posted May 3, 2024 3:41 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to you, Mary and the family. In times like this, words of comfort when needed most, seem to be most difficult to say. Pleas know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    We have fond memories of Jerry and you at Sunset Valley golf club. May Jerry rest in peach.

  • George Binder Posted May 4, 2024 3:04 pm

    I will miss Jerry. He was the best of friends. And I’ve known him since 1967.
    My sincere condolences to the entire Gray family
    He was a leader and I was a Alvamar participant from day one.

  • George Binder Posted May 4, 2024 3:04 pm

    I will miss Jerry. He was the best of friends. And I’ve known him since 1967.
    My sincere condolences to the entire

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