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In Memoriam: Marvin Gray

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Marvin Gray, a regular at Evansville Otters games (independent; Frontier League) and a fixture at Bosse Field for more than 50 years, has passed away at the age of 75.

Gray was known around Evansville for his passion for his sports, and became a key figure at Bosse Field. He spent time operating the ballpark’s former manually operated scoreboard, but was primarily known for raising and lowering the American flag at Bosse Field. Gray performed this task for decades, and carried out numerous behind the scenes responsibilities at the ballpark over the years.

For his role in Evansville, Gray was recognized on several occasions by the Otters and the Frontier League. The Otters honored Gray with a bobblehead in 2011 and, on a separate occasion, recognized him as the club’s two millionth fan.

Gray remains the only person to be awarded a lifetime VIP pass by the Frontier League. He was also named the league’s flag chairman in 1999. On May 6, 2016 deputy commissioner Steve Tahsler presented Gray with a commemorative Frontier League flag.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 am, Monday, August 1, 2016 at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue with Reverend Rick VanHoose officiating. Burial will be in Locust Hill Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 2 pm until 7 pm, Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Boone Funeral Home – East Chapel and again from 9 am until time of service at 11am on Monday, August 1, 2016.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VFW Post #1114, 110 N. Wabash Avenue, Evansville, IN 47712.

The Evansville Courier & Press has posted a tribute to Gray on its website.

Image courtesy of the Frontier League. 

This post was updated to include service and visitation information. 

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