Danny Wray was always willing to jump in and lend a hand, said his wife, Lori Wray.
“He never met a stranger; he would meet a customer on a job and they’d become friends,” she said. “Everybody loved Danny. He was always helping people.”
Danny Wray, 53, of Crown Point, died May 18. He had worked 27 years for Hammond Fence.
Wray was an all-around handyman, his wife said, capable of doing anything from building a fence to remodeling a room.
“He was always doing something,” she said. “Everything in his garage had a place, and everything was always in its place.”
He loved the pond he built in his backyard, and enjoyed sitting and watching the fish.
“He would do that when he would relax, which wasn’t often,” she said. “Danny was like the Energizer Bunny. He couldn’t sit still.”
He collected model cars, and had more than 100 in his collection.
The couple met when Lori was 10 and Danny was 12 years old, and she moved into the house behind his.
“We dated through high school, and were married 29 years,” she said. “I’ve known him my whole life.”
Lori Wray said everyone who knew her husband admired him.
“He had an amazing work ethic, and was a good friend. If he was your friend, you knew it. He was loyal and would stand behind you,” she said. “He was the kind of guy everyone liked.”