In Memory of Myles M. Gray

Myles McClure Gray, born 28 Aug. 1932 in E. Lansing, MI, left us peacefully on 23 Aug. 2015 after a long illness, days before his 83rd birthday. Preceded in death by son David Myles Gray and son-in-law Mark Abraham; survived by wife Marilyn; daughters Kathleen Abraham and Patty Gray (with Michael Ladisch); daughter-in-law Ann Gray (with Juan Quijano) granddaughters Alisa Abraham, Megan Abraham (with Daniel Harmon) and Katy Gray; nephews Hal Flatau and Carl Flatau (with Patrice Flatau); grand-nephew David Flatau and grand-nieces Clara and Anna Flatau. We celebrate his long, happy, wonderful life. To us, he was Mylsie, Dad, Pop, Mucka Myles and Grampy. He was a living example of how to be a kind, generous, honest, gentle and loving person.

Myles graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1954. He was a Life Member of the Michigan Alumni Association and life-long fan of Michigan football (Go Blue!). Myles married his college sweetheart, Marilyn Osberg, in Lincoln Park, MI, on Valentine’s day in 1953, and from there they took off on a life of adventure, living in Tennessee, Nebraska, Connecticut, Iowa and California. Myles built his career in the up-and-coming field of actuarial science and rose to executive management positions. He was a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Charter Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and he exemplified the nerdy professional humor of actuaries with his puns and brainy aphorisms.

Upon retirement in 1996, Myles put his business suits forever in mothballs and pursued his most beloved avocation: the railroads. Myles volunteered for the California State Railroad Museum as a Docent, clocking over 3,500 hours, and joined the crew of the Sacramento Southern Railroad, working his way dutifully through the ranks to the coveted positions of Brakeman and Conductor. When his health no longer allowed him to continue, he turned to Fantasy Football, which he pursued avidly until his final illness. Funeral service Sat. Aug. 29, 11am at Lind Bros., 4221 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael. Myles can be honored best with a donation to the California State Railroad Museum.