James Howard Gregory

James Howard GregoryJames Howard Gregory of Ridgecrest died from melanoma on May 15, 2017. He was 72.

Jim was born in Clarinda, Iowa, on Oct. 26, 1944, to John and Jeannette “Evelyn” Gregory.

He was raised in China Lake and graduated from Burroughs High School in 1962, then attended Bakersfield College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Lois Killewich Gregory. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Bonnie Gregory (Zurn); children, Shelly Gregory of Phoenix, Ariz., Joe Gregory (and spouse Andrea) of Fort Collins, Colo., and David Gregory of Phoenix. He has two grandchildren, Lauren and James of Fort Collins.

All four of his siblings - Sam Gregory (spouse Rose) of Costa Mesa, Calif.; Edwin “Bud” Gregory of Ridgecrest; Peggy Gregory of Madera, Calif. and MaryAnn McGregor (spouse Jeff) of Mountain Grove, Mo., survive him.

There will be a private interment at Desert Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family will be grateful for donations made in Jim’s name to the local Maturango or China Lake museums.

A celebration of his life was held Thursday, May 25, at Village Retreat.

— Submitted by the family of Jim Gregory

See also the News Review’s tribute: http://www.news-ridgecrest.com/news/story.pl?id=0000007045

Story First Published: 2017-05-26