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Michael Regner Tray, 27

Published 4:35pm Saturday, October 26, 2013

Michael Regner Tray, 27 of Austin, died unexpectedly Oct. 23, 2013, in Minnetonka, Minn.


He was born Dec.9, 1985, to Michael A. Tray and Kim Regner in Ottumwa, Iowa. He moved to Austin in 1995 when he was in third grade. Michael played basketball and football at Austin High School, where he graduated in 2004.

He graduated from St. Cloud University in 2013, with a BS in Bio-Medicine.

A member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, Michael continued to enjoy sports, participating in the Tough Mudder Run in the Twin Cities, but golf was his most recent love. “Tray” had an unparalleled zest for life and everything in it. He chose carefully, yet freely those who would enter his life. Once one entered his life, it was for good. “Tray” played for keeps. With a blue sparkle in his eyes, he drew countless into his life’s adventure.  Mike was fun to all, a confidant to many and would have given his shirt (or a Mikeism) to anyone.  All of us he left behind have been left with priceless gifts. The gift of humor, the gift of memories and the gift of living life — no matter how brief — to the absolute fullest.

Survivors include his parents, Kim and Jim Greer of Austin; brother, Paul Anthony Tray of Austin; sisters, Sara Nicole Greer of Austin and Katie Paris of Ottumwa, Iowa; nieces Kaela and Jada Paris; maternal grandparents, Ken and Jan (Block) Regner of Fort Myers, Fla.; his girlfriend, Hannah Tite of Minnetonka; aunts and uncles, Kelly and Craig Lady of Austin; Tony and Laura Regner of Rochester; Ruby and Larry Davidson of Buffalo, Mo.; Naomi and Dennis Reed of Urbana, Mo.; Mary Beth and Jim Fine of Boliver, Mo.; Mary Ann and Harold Levesque of Escanaba, Mich.; Pat and Judy Tray of Davenport, Iowa; Cece Thompson of Des Moines, Iowa; Denise and David Hull of Ottumwa, Iowa; Jim (Joni) Tray of Ottumwa, Iowa; Joe and Dawn Tray of Ottumwa, Iowa; Thad (Shelly) Tray of Batavia, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael A. Tray; paternal grandparents, Paul and Margie Tray.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin with Father Jim Steffes officiating.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, at Worlein Funeral Home and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at Calvary Cemetery in Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Donor’s choice.”

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