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Cleo A. (Ruchotzke) Gray age 74 of Preston, Iowa, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at her home. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Calvary Lutheran Church, Sabula, Iowa and from 9:00 A.M. until the service time Thursday at the church. Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday at Calvary Lutheran. Burial will be in the Sterling Cemetery.

Cleo was born in Green Island, Iowa on December 28, 1942, the daughter of Leo and Caroline (Theilen) Ruchotzke. She graduated from Preston High School in 1960. Cleo married Donald D. Gray on June 17, 1962 in Preston. She worked for two years at Clinton National Bank. Cleo and Donald raised their two children and then she went back to banking. She worked at the Preston and Miles Banks for 23 years, under different names and managements. She retired on December 1, 2007 under the ownership of Clinton National Bank.

Cleo was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Sabula, Iowa. She made the communion bread for the church for over 20 years. She loved baking and cooking, especially her favorite oatmeal bread. She would give it to family and friends. She loved playing dominoes with four different groups of friends. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.

Cleo is survived by her husband, Donald; a daughter, Nathalie (Scott) Schertz of Lacon, IL; a daughter-in-law Renee (Kueter) Gray of McFarland, WI; two granddaughters, Cassondra (Michael) Shumway and Alyssa Gray; two grandsons, Lukas and Michael Gray; a step-great grandson, Nathan Martin; a great granddaughter, Emmaline Shumway; a sister, Caroline (Ruchotzke) Behn of Preston; two sisters-in-law, Mardella Ruchotzke and Linda Ruchotzke both of Miles; a brother, John (Madge) Ruchotzke of Grinnell, Iowa and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Aaron Gray; a sister, Leola Eggers; a brother-in-law, Richard Eggers; four brothers, Carroll, Leo, Hugo and Louis; a sister-in-law, Dona Ruchotzke; a brother-in-law, Wesley Behn; two nephews, David Behn and Lane Ruchotzke and a great nephew, Kyle Bennett. Memorials may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, Calvary Lutheran Church or Camp Courageous. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.
Published on April 10, 2017
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