In Memory: March 30

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

Byron E. Gray, 66, Vero Beach

November 09, 1954March 16, 2021

Byron E. Gray, age 66, of Vero Beach, passed away March 16, 2021.

He was born November 9, 1954 in Horseheads, New York, to parents, Ralph and Isabella Gray.

Byron had been an active member of First United Methodist Church of Vero Beach, for over 40 years.

He had worked at the Vero Beach Press Journal in Human Resources and as a Film Critic until his retirement in 2008.

Byron is survived by his many friends in our community and Pamela E. Lewis of Sandy Hook, CT.

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

Frank Richard Gearhart Jr., 80, Sebastian

November 15, 1940 – March 28, 2021

Mr. Frank Richard Gearhart Jr., 80, passed away on March 28, 2021 in Sebastian, Florida.

Frank was born in Pennsylvania and lived in Sebastian, Florida.

He was a proud United States Army veteran.

He retired as the owner of Gearhart and Mayberry Concrete Contractors in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Frank was a life member of the American Veterans Association Post #PA 286; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post# 10210; and the North Masonic Jurisdiction, Valley of Harrisburg (32 Degree).

He was a graduate of East Juniata Joint High School, McAllisterville, Pennsylvania.

Survivors include wife Carolyn Gearhart of Sebastian; daughters Ellen R. Hertz (Steven) of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania; Glenda R. Gearhart of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Cathy Daugherty (James Lutz) of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania; sons Frank Richard Gearhart III (Andrew) of San Antonio, Texas and Gregory Scott Kepler (Renee) of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; granddaughters Nicole Wieger (Nicholas), Angie Dieffenderfer (Jessie) and Alyssa N. Gearhart, grandson Johnathan Terri Gearhart; great-grandson Evan Wieger; great-granddaughters Katheryn Wieger and Savanna Dieffenderfer; sisters Hilda Linn of McClure, Pennsylvania, and Sheila Snook (Landon) of McClure, Pennsylvania.

He was preceded in death by parents Frank and Stella Gearhart.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post# 10210, 1815 Louisiana Avenue, Sebastian, Florida 32958.

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

Robert S. Martin, 90, Sebastian

August 12, 1930 – March 30, 2021

Mr. Robert S. Martin, 90, passed away March 30, 2021 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian, FL.

He was born in Tuxedo, New York and has been a winter resident of Sebastian for 35 years, returning summers to his home in Sylvia Lake, New York.

Bob was a US Air Force veteran.

He retired from Schodack Central School District after many years teaching elementary school.

Bob was a member of River of Life Church, Barefoot Bay, FL and loved to support his local food bank.

Survivors include daughters Michele Baum (Chris) of Newport, Tennessee and Lynda Cooper (Thomas) of Rensselaer, New York, granddaughters Kym Morgan of Morristown, Tennessee, Julie Brown (Sherman) of Newport, Tennessee and Stacey Plumadore (Robert II) of New Market, Tennessee, grandsons Michael Nyman of Morristown, Tennessee, Lucas Cooper (Ashleigh) of Concord, North Carolina, Andy Nyman (Shannon) of Newport, Tennessee and Joseph Cooper (Thomasine) of Glenmont, New York, many Great-Grandchildren, Great-Great Grandchildren, and faithful companion Chloe.

He was preceded in death by , wife Patricia Martin, daughter Stephanie Holcomb, son Edward Martin and grandson Billy Martin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society Of Vero Beach, 6230 77th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32967.

From Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

Gail A. Jones, 71, Vero Beach

August 12, 1949 – March 30, 2021

Gail A. Jones of Grosse Ile, 71, of Michigan and Vero Beach, Florida passed away March 30, 2021.

Born into a large Polish-American Family on August 12, 1949 in Wyandotte, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Dorothy Kulik.

She attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.

Celebrating her family, especially her beloved role as “Nana,” was the center of her life. With her husband, she helped build a successful business.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Grosse Ile, Michigan,, and involved in many charities, especially March of Dimes and the Grosse Ile Animal Shelter.  She was known to many for her talents as a Polish cook, which she used to gather her family and friends close.  She spent much time documenting the lives of her children and grandchildren with her amazing scrapbooks.  For many years her constant companion was her beloved dog Sassy.

She was known to all who knew her for her devotion to her family, as well as her lifelong generosity and kindness.  Few people had more friends throughout their life than Gail.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandchild, Benjamin Lemerand.

Gail is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Bill Jones; Children, Doug (Kathryn), Jennifer (Chip) and Stacy; brothers, Larry Kulik (Holly) and Wally Kulik (Kim), and 11 grandchildren; Zach (Olivia), Benjamin, Alyson, Kailey, Evan, Kamryn, Campbell, Emerson, McKinley, Weston and Hudson; as well as numerous nephews, nieces and God children.

A celebration of life will be held in Michigan at a later date.

The family is requesting donations in lieu of flowers to either the Grosse Ile Animal Shelter https://www.gianimalshelter.org/support-gias   or the March of Dimes  https://www.marchofdimes.org.

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