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Charles Thomas “Chuck” Bray, 93


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Charles Thomas “Chuck” Bray, age 93, of Allen Park, passed away, peacefully at Henry Ford, Wyandotte Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 31, 2016.  He was born at home in Inkster, Michigan, on January 31, 1923, the son of Albert Henry and Lotta Lee (Hayton) Bray.  Chuck graduated from Dearborn High School and served his country in the United States Air Force from 1942 to 1952 during both WWII and the Korean War, earning the rank of Master Sergeant.  He exchanged vows with the love of his life, Betty Rose Laney, in March 22, 1947, in Lincoln Park, and cherished 68 years of marriage with her.  Chuck worked in several capacities during his lifetime including jobs with Fellrath Lumber in Inkster, Pullum Window Corporation in Detroit and retiring as a Construction Estimator with Finazzo Construction in Wyandotte.  He served on the building and Safety Commission for several years and was a member of the Good Fellows and Kiwanis Clubs in Allen Park.  Chuck was active in the establishment of the Yankee Air Museum and volunteered there as well as at Selfrage Air Force Base.  He and Betty have been active members of Allen Park Presbyterian Church since 1953.  Chuck enjoyed music, sang in the church choir and played clarinet in the Air Force Band while in the service.  He will be warmly remembered for his kind nature and ever present smile.          


Chuck leaves to cherish his memory, his dear wife, Betty; his daughters, Cathy Bray of Allen Park, Claudia (Jim) Georges of Hudson, and Connie (Gregg) Brighton of Allen Park; grandchildren Ryan (Lisa) Studzinski, Eryn West, Bryan (Bryn) Brighton and Derek (Kala) Brighton; great grandchildren, Tavian and Meka West and Dominic and Isaac Studzinski; step-grandchildren, Jill (Shawn) Wilmot and Jenny (Ryan) Stolmeier; step great-grandchildren, CJ and Jalynn Wilmot and Reagan Stolmeier; brother- and sister-in-law, G. Lewis (Marge) Laney of Venice Florida; and several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert and John; and several sisters- and brothers-in-law.   


A Memorial service celebrating both Betty and Chuck’s lives will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Allen Park Presbyterian Church 7101 Park Avenue, Allen Park, Michigan 48101. Visitation with the family is at 10 AM in the parlor, a luncheon will follow the memorial in the fellowship hall. Those considering an expression of sympathy are welcomed to consider a memorial contribution in their memory to Allen Park Presbyterian Church, or the Alzheimer’s Association. To request and envelope or for additional information, please contact Verdun Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, at (616) 794-1300.

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