Jerry Bray, Boscobel, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 5, 2021. He was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on September 18, 1948 to Frank and Ola (Smith) Bray. Jerry grew up moving between Virginia, Wisconsin, and California, but considered Ewing, Virginia his hometown, so was known to his friends here as “Hillbilly”. He finally settled down in Boscobel, and married Kathy Lyght, on March 11, 1978. They were blessed with two daughters who were his pride and joy.
As a younger man, Jerry enjoyed many activities such as playing on fast pitch softball, pool, dart, and bowling teams. He also enjoyed hunting with friends and family, and had many stories that were told and retold over the years about their adventures. Every deer season he would be found hunting on the Young farm in Crawford County with the same group that grew over the years to include his brothers in law, nephews and members of Jeff and Donna’s family. Jerry held many kinds of jobs during his life, starting as a child in his grandpa’s tobacco fields. He worked 26 years at Milk Specialties, starting as a laborer, and then was a Production Supervisor for many years. He also worked 11 years at Nu-Pak before his retirement in 2010.
Jerry is survived by his wife Kathy, daughters Kelly (Lee) Lathrop, of Dodgeville, and Lisa (Matthew) Roherty, of Mequon, and grandchildren Braylin and MiKayla Lathrop, and Leo, Maxwell, and Finn Roherty. He is also survived by sisters, Gearleen (George) Hagstedt, Aileen (Earl) Fehr, Sue (Bill) Lanum, Pauline Brooks, Bea Johnson, Virginia Wolfe, Judy (Rinard) Fugate, a brother Jack Bray, mother-in-law, Lois Lyght, sisters-in-law Linda Bray, Lana McVay, Kitti Richter, brothers-in-law Gil (Dixie) Lyght, Jay (Mary) Lyght, Brad (Lisa) Lyght, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Roger Bray, brothers in law Gene Seabolt, Grover Brooks, Wilbert Johnson, Kenny Wolfe, Stephen Lyght, Larry Lyght, Mike Lyght, Alan Lyght, Todd Lyght, and Eric Richter and sisters in law Barbara (Lyght) Potter, Judy Lyght, and Jill Lyght, father-in-law Clifford Lyght, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service and celebration of life is planned for September 25 at 11:00 am at the BMZ Church in Mt. Zion. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until the time of service. Online condolences can be sent to www.kendallfuneralservice.c
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