James M. Gray
May 24, 1959-December 12, 2022
James “Jim” Gray was born May 24, 1959, to Frank and Margaret “Peggy” Gray in St. Louis, MO. He grew up in a three bedroom home in Omaha, NE with his parents and five siblings. Jim spent his childhood summers building go-carts and forts with his brothers and neighborhood friends. As he got older he spent a lot of time with his brothers working on cars in the driveway.
Jim had an unmatched work ethic and had many jobs including paperboy, waiter, farm hand, and factory worker. He graduated from Burke High School and went on to work as a vacuum cleaner salesman and then become an insurance salesman where he learned everything he needed to know to start his own insurance business from the ground up.
Jim started Omaha Division Insurance Agency when he was just 21 years old. The business grew and thrived exponentially and he employed dozens of people over the years, including many family members and close friends.
He was known to be an exceptionally generous person and changed the lives of countless friends, family members, and strangers throughout his lifetime.
Jim spent 30 years married to the love of his life Patricia “Patty” Gray. Together they raised two daughters, Jessica and Jennifer. His daughters were Jim’s pride and joy, and he reminded them of that often. He was an incredibly loving husband and father and enjoyed taking his family on camping trips, giving them rides in his Corvettes, and traveling the world together.
Jim broke his neck in 1997 and was told he would likely never walk again. He proved them wrong not only by walking, but also skiing, biking, and riding his motorcycles. His resilience and determination to live life on his own terms was and is unparalleled.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Frank Gray. He is survived by Patricia Jo Gray; daughters, Jessica Jo Gray and Jennifer Leigh Gray (William Davidson); mother, Margaret Gray; two brothers, John Herman Gray and Jerome “Jerry” Eugene Gray; and three sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Rennemeyer, Bonnie Margaret Savage, and Sandra Estelle Coen.
Visitation with the family: Monday 5-7pm at the mortuary. FUNERAL: Tuesday 11am at Water’s Edge Church, 19600 & Harrison St.
Memorials to Heifer International, Siena Francis House or the American Chronic Pain Association.