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On January 7, Gray C. Ballman died peacefully at age 98. Preceding him was his wife of 71 years, Mercedes Maxwell. They have a daughter Tamara Dossin, of Cornelius, NC and son Evan Gray Ballman, of Chesterfield, MO, 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Gray grew up in Clayton, MO where he loved building model airplanes and playing the violin. In 1941, he graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainsville, GA. The following year he enlisted in the Navy during WWII. He was selected to enter the V-5 program becoming a Naval Aviator as a flight instructor. After the war, he obtained an engineering degree from Washington University. Following graduation, he worked at Baldor Electric, which was co-founded and managed by his father E.C. Ballman. After several years he left Baldor to manage Motor Appliance Corporation, another electric motor manufacturing company . Originally based in St. Louis, the company moved to Washington, MO. He actively ran the company which manufactures electric motors and battery chargers until his son Evan assumed management. Gray loved new ideas and design innovations some of which were successfully patented. He was instrumental in the company’s continued success. He became President of Motor Appliance Corporation at age 33 and subsequently joined the Young Presidents Organization. There he made lasting friends who frequently traveled together for many years. He would be the first to say he had a wonderful life. He loved classical music and sang in church choir for over 50 years. Gray enjoyed tennis in his younger days and golfing later on but his true passion was flying. He flew both single and twin engine planes throughout the country on both business and pleasure. In later years, he moved to Sanibel and Naples, FL to enjoy retirement. He will be remembered for his loving commitment to his family, his unquenchable optimism and steadfast perseverance, all that and so much more.

Posted online on January 23, 2023

Published in Naples Daily News