Rex Courtney Gray

Rex Courtney Gray

Male 1898 - 1932  (34 years)

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  • Name Rex Courtney Gray 
    Born 26 Jan 1898  Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Dec 1932  Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Floral Park Cemetery, Speedway City, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • WW I Draft Registration 12 Sep 1918: Rex Courtney Gray, age 20 b. 26 Jan 1898, residence: Indianapolis, Marion County, IN; sick, [patient in] Saint Vincent's Hospital; medium height, slender build, wife: Eileen Gray."
    Person ID I12954  Complete
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2018 

    Father Lewis Gray,   b. Abt. 1885 
    Mother Minnie Stewart 
    Family ID F18043348  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eileen Mae Thomas,   b. 26 Sep 1899, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1967, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 07 Jul 1917  Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, UI.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Jeanne Marjorie Gray,   b. 16 Mar 1919, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Ap5 2004, Avon, Hendricks County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +2. Living
     3. Carolyn Nell Gray,   b. 16 May 1926, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 2000, Pinellas County, Florida, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +4. John Thomas Gray,   b. 22 Mar 1930, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 2008, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +5. Living
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F5769  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 07 Jul 1917 - Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, UI.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Dec 1932 - Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Floral Park Cemetery, Speedway City, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Rex Courtney Gray (1898-1932) Death certificate
    Rex Courtney Gray (1898-1932) Death certificate

    Indianapolis Star -- Saturday, December 10, 1932, p. 1: "Mars Hill Man, Disturbed Four Times, Fires Twice as Screen Is Ripped. Rex Gray, 34 years old, was shot and wounded probably fatally late last night as he attempted to tear a screen from a rear window of a Mars Hill home. He is in the City hospital in a critical condition with wounds from two charges from a .12 gauge shotgun. Deputy Sheriffs Kinney and Thomas took a statement from Anthony J. Gasvoda, 31 years old, of Mars Hill, the householder, but did not hold him. Gasvoda declared that a prowler had visited the house four times last night before Gray was shot. Each time he was frightened away. Oscar McBride, deputy sheriff stationed in Maywood, identified Gray as the man he had seen near the Gasvoda home on two occasions earlier in the night. Gray had been released under bond awaiting trial on charges of burglary and grand larceny.

    Frightened by the continued appearance of the prowler, Gasvoda hid in the darkened kitchen after his wife had retired. He said that in a few minutes, Gray approached the window and with a nail in a stick began to tear at the screen. Gasvoda shouted and when the man failed to reply, he fired twice. Physicians said that Gray has little or no chance for life; part of his abdomen was torn away.

    Gray was arrested May 9 in Indianapolis with Louis Shepensky and George Loman, and is said to have confessed entering a Kroger grocery store at 2154 Madison avenue and the theft of $50 in merchandise. Most of the loot was recovered in Gray's garage, detectives said. The three confessed that they hauled the stolen merchandise to the garage in an automobile stolen in Anderson, Madison County, IN."


    Indianapolis Sunday Star, 11 Dec 1932, p.5: "Gunshot Wounds Fatal to Prowler; Rex Gray, 34 years old, alleged burglar, died early yesterday morning in the City hospital of Indianapolis {from} wounds in the abdomen, suffered while prowling at a home In Mars Hill late Friday night. . . . Gray, the father of four children, was at liberty on bond, having been arrested on charge of burglary and grand larceny last June in connection with a burglary at Kroger grocery store at 2154 Madison avenue. His case was before the grand jury. . . ."


    Indianapolis, IN Star, Wednesday, December 14, 1932, p. 4: Widow Testifies; Family of Slain Prowler Aids in Convicting His Companions. The widow and twin daughters of a slain prowler yesterday presented testimony in Criminal court that helped send two former associates of the husband and father to prison for long terms. George Loman, 21 years old, was sentenced to serve ten years in the Indiana state reformatory on a robbery charge and he received a three-to-ten-year sentence on a burglary indictment. Louis Shopinsky, 24 years old, was given a three-to-ten-year sentence on the burglary charge. Witnesses Give Testimony. Mrs. Eileen Gray, widow of Rex Gray, who was shot to death a few nights ago when he was alleged to have attempted to enter the home of Anthony J. Gasvoda of Mars Hill, told Judge Frank P. Baker that both Loman and Shopinsky had been companions of her husband in burglaries. Her testimony was substantiated by the twins, Jean and Jeanette, 13 years old Gray was killed by Gasvoda Friday night.

    The two youths Were convicted jointly of entering a grocery. Gray had been named a joint defendant to the charge. Loman also was convicted of a taxicab holdup and received the ten-year sentence for that offense. An alleged Communist leader, who verbally protested the sentence imposed by Judge Frank P. Baker was ejected from the court room."


    Indianapolis, IN Star, Sunday, December 18, 1932, p. 41: "GRAY, Rex C. We wish to express our most sincere thanks and appreciation for the many acts of kindness and sympathy shown us in the death of our husband and father, Rex C. Gray; also the Rev. Mr. Cook of the West Morris-Street Christian Church; also the singers and Mr. Bean-blossom, the undertaker. Wife and Children."

    Census Records
    Charles Edward Thomas (1869-1954) & Rex Courtney Gray (1898-1932)
    Charles Edward Thomas (1869-1954) & Rex Courtney Gray (1898-1932)

    U.S. Census Indianapolis, Marion County, IN 1920:

    "Charles E. Thomas, age 50 b. Abt. 1870 Indiana, father b. Indiana mother b. Kentucky, foreman-stock yards, wife Nellie D., age 45 b. Abt. 1875 Indiana ; parents b. Indiana; two children b. Indiana: Walter L. 15 laborer-stock yards, Owen Z. 11. Daughter & son-in-law: Rex C. Gray, age 21 b. Abt. 1899 Indiana, father b. Indiana mother b. New York, machinist, wife Eileen S., age 20 b. Abt. 1900 Indiana; twin daughters, age 9/12 b. Indiana: Jeanne M. & Jeanette M."