TRUMAN — Ione Gray, age 96, of Truman, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Truman Senior Living Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the Church of Christ in Truman, with Rev. Merrill Davis officiating.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Zaharia Family Funeral Home in Truman, and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Burial will be at Horicon Cemetery.
Ione Rachel Kahler was born Nov. 8, 1922, in Inkster, N.D., to Otto and Lavina (Ballentine) Kahler. In 1934, she moved with her family to a farm near Truman. She was baptized at the Horicon Church in rural Truman. She graduated from Truman High School in 1941.
On March 21, 1941, she was united in marriage to Donald Gray in Atlantic, Iowa, but made their home in Truman. They raised five children there. In 1961, they moved to Burlington, Colo., until 1983, when they returned to Truman. In 1992, they moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., until 1997, when they again returned to Truman. During the time in Truman, she worked part time at Carrol’s Market.
She was a very active member of the Church of Christ. She always had a smile on her face and attended or worked on many different projects at church.
Ione leaves behind her daughter, DeEtt (Wes) Dittman of Custer, S.D.; son, Doug (Cyd) Gray of Puyallup, Wash.; son-in-law, Jerry Reinke of Fairmont; brother, Duane (Darlene) Kahler; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; daughter, Donna Reinke; two sons, Dennis and Dean Gray; and three brothers.