L. Hylan Gray
KUTTAWA — L. Hylan Gray, 80, of Kuttawa died at 4:55 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013. at Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton.
Hylan served a twenty year career in the United States Air Force and retired as a Tech. Sergeant. While serving in the Air Force, he received numerous commendations and awards including Master Crew Chief in the Strategic Air Command and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Hylan served in the Korean Conflict and in the Vietnam War flying combat missions. While stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base he also worked as an air frame and power plant mechanic for Aero American in Tucson, Ariz. After retirement from the USAF, Hylan returned to Kuttawa where he was self employed and served as Fire Chief for Kuttawa Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years.
He left self employment and began working as Supervisor of Prison Industries at Kentucky State Penitentiary until retiring again. Hylan continued being self employed for several years and during this time organized and coordinated the Lyon County Association of Neighbors Assisting Neighbors, Inc. (LANAN).
He was a member of the American Legion Post 68 in Kuttawa and was a Kentucky Colonel. He attended Kuttawa First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents RC and Geneva Lady Gray. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mildred Kingston Gray of Kuttawa; one son, Randy Gray and wife Kimberly of Burna; two daughters, Sherry Hunt and husband Philip of Earlington and Tina Spraggs and husband Steve of Paducah; six grandchildren, Casey Mattingly and husband Matthew, Aaron Hunt and wife Katie, Carrie Childress, Kobin Gray, Jed Gray, and Silas Gray; two great-grandchildren, Sydney Hunt and Lily Mattingly; one brother, Carney Gray of Eddyville; and one sister, Dorothy Monday of Cadiz.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Dunn’s Funeral Home in Eddyville with the Rev. Carl Nelson officiating and burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery with Military Rites.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at Dunn’s and until funeral time on Sunday. The family has asked that expressions of sympathy take the form of donation to: The Gideons International. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.dunnsfuneralhome.net.