James (Jimmy) Grey
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James (Jimmy) Grey, 61, passed away July 16, 2020 at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Oregon. Jim was preceded in death by parents Bob and Mary Kathryn Grey of Lawrence. Survived by his wife Debbie and siblings Rod, Kathy, Bob, John, Susan, David and Tom.

In 1976 Jim left Lawrence for the Northwest to pursue a career in logging that lasted until 2018 when he was seriously injured on a job site that ended the work he was so good at. Jim often worked long periods of time in Alaska and fighting fires in California.

After his injury, Jim settled in Mount Vernon, Oregon with wife Debbie where he was able to enjoy the land he loved working in his vegetable garden, tending fruit trees and his horses.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Aug. 2, 2020.
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August 19, 2020
RIP brother Jimmy! So many great memories from 710!! Heartwarming to hear from so many of our old friends and family! And yes the rail was a place we all did a lot of growing up and down there! Give momma, daddy, and Willie big hugs from Kaylene and Me!! Love ya and miss ya
John Grey
Brother
August 19, 2020
John and I are heartbroken to have lost Jimmy .
I am so glad that we had time with him at our wedding in October 2018 . Jimmy was such a sweetheart and endeared himself to my family who had travelled from Australia. I loved his sweet smile and fun spirit and the letters, written so eloquently, he sent to us over the years.
I know he is in heaven putting smiles on all the angels faces and keeping his mom and dad company
Kaylene Grey
Family
August 11, 2020
Jimmy was a gentle soul that will be greatly missed. Although I didn’t see Jimmy often, I always felt connected to him through our love of nature and being outdoors.

Rest In Peace, Uncle Jim.
Megan Lauber
Family
August 9, 2020
I met Jim at Riverside Grade School back in the 60's. He was a card all the way through our school years together. I lost touch with him when he left Lawrence before our graduation year. His sister Susan told me he went NW to become a lumberjack. At first I laughed...but I knew he was a determined rascal and loved the outdoors.
I caught up with him on one of his trips back to Lawrence...and he did indeed tell me that he had become a lumberjack. Jim said he loved it because he could see nature's beauty all around and make good money. He wasn't coming home. When we parted , I was a little jealous of his boldness and frontiersmanship. I knew he found his calling.
To the Grey family....My thoughts and prayers are with you. His ability to make us laugh will never be forgotten.
To God...I say, you have allowed a good man into your gates....let him steward your forests. Take care of him and all of his family.
Michael Martin
Classmate
August 6, 2020
Jim was very funny and outspoken and often befuddled his teachers, but you could tell he was a great guy who was going to live a good life. I still think about him from time to time even after all these years for he made a real impression on people.

My best to brother John and the rest of the family.
John Pohlman
Classmate
August 4, 2020
I’m reaching out to your family to say even though I didn’t know Jimmy personally I knew John and want to let you know I’ve often thought of you and your family . I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother.
Sally Vague Blann
Sally Blann
Friend
August 3, 2020
To all that knew and loved Jimmy I am sorry for your loss. I met him at The Rail and we were friends from then on. He was a kindred spirit and his spirit will live on in me and those he touched with his love. I really can't explain how he touched my heart. He was just mine and so many people's little buddy. I am so grateful for seeing him on his last visit here. I will forever keep you in my thoughts Jimmy until we meet again.
Love,
PeeWee
michele simpson
Friend
August 3, 2020
Rod, Kathy, Bob, John, Susan, David, Tom and your families, I was so sorry to hear about Jimmy. I have such fond memories from Randall Road of Jimmy and the rest of the Greys. May you all find comfort in the memories of your brother. Sending prayers and love,

Julie Boyajian Lind
Julie Lind
Friend
August 3, 2020
Brother Jim will be missed more then words can express. Jimmy was fun loving, hard working and a kind man. Dearly loved by his family. Rest in peace my brother.
Susan Grey
Sister
August 2, 2020
I knew Jim from Jr. High and High School. My best memories are from Boy Scouts wear Jim taught me more about camping and living off the land than the Scoutmaster. Foraging for edibles like watercress and drinking water from the same spring. Jim was one of those lucky ones he knew what he wanted to do at 15 and he went for it. He wasn't a big guy but he didn't take crap from nobody. In life sometimes you meet someone even for a short time who has an impact on your life. Jim was one of those. So when you see natural beauty in nature Jim is there. My sympathy goes out to the family. Tracy Dethloff
Tracy Dethloff
Friend
August 2, 2020
To the Grey Family,
I am very sorry for your loss of Jimmy from this world.
He'll meet us on the other side.
Susie
Susie
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