Orson Harmon Gray


November 14, 1928 - March 17, 2011




Orson Harmon Gray was born November 14, 1928, at home in Iona, SD, to William B. and Hazel (Miller) Gray. He attended first grade in Kramball School. His family moved to Oacoma where he attended school through the 10th grade, then graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1947. He graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1951 with a BA Degree in History. He served in the US Army from 1951 until 1953, serving in the Korean War. He then served in the South Dakota National Guard from 1954 until 1956. He received his Masters Degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen. On June 25, 1958, he married Genevieve Wempe in Gregory, SD. He taught school for twenty-nine years in South Dakota including twenty-five years as a high school principal. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Genevieve; four children: Martin Gray of Houston, TX, Jerilyn Senska and husband, Neil of Forestburg, Tamara Pickner and husband, Michael of Katy, TX, Edward Gray and wife, Donna of Lane, SD; eight grandsons; two granddaughters; four step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, William “Ling” Gray, two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.



Sunday, March 20, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Spriit Catholic Church
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
1412 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, March 21, 2011
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1412 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Restlawn Memory Gardens
Huron, South Dakota

Posted by Thank You Tim from Marty Gray on March 31, 2011
I appreciate your kind words and memories. I also remember you always being willing to share your time with students in a quick game of HORSE on the basketball court. Best Wishes!
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett on March 23, 2011
Our Thoughts and Prayers to you all for your lose.

The Luckett's
Val, Dawn, Mace, Josh, Vance, Courtney, & Dusty
Posted by Pam "Anderson" Ganschow - Class of 1973 on March 21, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Gray's passing. He was my government teacher when I attended school at Gayville-Volin. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Carol (Pusl) Amussen on March 20, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear of Orson's passing. Although we are not related by blood, I've always considered us as "family". Praying that you will be comforted by the prayers of your family and friends. I'm sorry that I'm unable to make it to the services. Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Tim Branaugh on March 19, 2011
Orson was Principal at Gayville-Volin HS back in the early 70's. I taught Shop classes. He was most helpful and was well liked by all. My condolences, Tim
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