Ray Paul Zoellner, age 54, of Rogers died May 13 after a battle with Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia a rare blood cancer. Ray was born September 12, 1963, in Bryant, Arkansas. He was the second son of Tim and Bertha Zoellner. In June 1987, Ray married Rachel Seward and they had three children. Ray and Rachel were both raised in the Worldwide Church of God and were dedicated to following God, and living by every word in the Bible. In 1995, Ray led his family to the Philadelphia Church of God. Ray worked as a painter throughout Texas, Arizona, Missouri and Arkansas. In 1997, he attended a motorcycle mechanic school in Arizona, but resumed painting. The family lived in the Phoenix area until 2006, when they returned to Arkansas. In 2009, Ray and family joined the NWA Crossfit community; he was a regular at the box, dedicated to improving his fitness level and encouraging others. Ray loved nature and enjoyed exploring, often searching out a new way to get to where he was going. He was part of his Church's first, unofficial, father-son backpacking trip in Arizona. When he moved to Rogers, he carried on the annual tradition in Arkansas's woods. Ray's friendly, fun-loving personality readily accepted everyone. He was always willing to serve where needed. In 2010, Ray's service was made official when he became a deacon. Ray loved not only his own children, but all those he came into contact with. He had a positive impact on many. Ray is survived by his wife of 30 years, Rachel; daughters, Alexandra and Georgia; son, Reese; mother, Bertha; and brothers, David, John and Ted. A memorial service will be held at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers on May 23 at 2 p.m.
- Memorial Service Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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