Kenneth Ernest Spray, PE

Oct. 5, 2015

Kenneth Ernest Spray, PE, (BS METALLURGICAL EGR ’51) of Greenville, Mich., formerly of Niles, Mich., died Sept. 20 at Baylor Medical Center of Garland, Texas. He was 90. 

He was born in Allegan, Mich., on July 24, 1925, the son of S. Russell Spray and Minnie Marie Commans Spray. 

He married Elaine Maxine Kaule on Dec. 27, 1947, and they celebrated more than 67 years of marriage. 

Spray served his country in World War II, joining the Navy in October 1943. He served in the Pacific Theatre on multiple destroyers installing, monitoring, and maintaining vital sonar equipment until his honorable discharge in April 1946. 

A lifelong learner, he graduated in 1951 from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering. 

He graduated with a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1974. He had at least one patent credited to him during his long career in metallurgy. 

He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, and a lifelong registered professional engineer. 

Surviving are his wife, Elaine; sons Michael K. Spray and wife Sherry of Phoenix, Ariz., and Donald A. Spray and wife Lenora of Harpers Ridge, Ky.; daughter Kathy Petty and husband Kendal of Nevada, Texas; sister Nancy Perry and husband Marvin of Grand Haven; grandchildren Amber Clark, Mike Larson, Ross Spray, Stephany Spray, Diana Spray, Rachel Petty, Josh Petty Rayna Petty; and great-grandchild Alex Larson. 

His memorial service was conducted on Sunday, Oct. 4, at United Presbyterian Church in Greenville. Donations may be made to the college scholarship funds at United Presbyterian Church in Greenville.