Ray Allan Koehn was born to Frank and Leona Boehs Koehn on March 26, 1945, near Fairview, Oklahoma. He passed away in the early morning hours of December 21, after a short stay in the Murray hospital. The last four years of his life were a journey through many days of sickness. Although he was a brave soldier and fought valiantly, this time the angels came and gently carried him home.
He grew to manhood in the Fairview, Oklahoma area. At the age of 13, he gave his heart to Jesus, and was baptized on January 22, 1959, by Minister Jake Loewen. He remained true to the faith he dearly loved.
He married me, Antonia Yost, on September 11, 1965. Soon after, we left for 1W service in Denver, Colorado. Our home was blessed with two daughters, Alicia and Carmen. His seven grandchildren were an important part of his life and brought him much joy.
Ray was a tireless, Spanish mission worker, spending time in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. All through his life, his varied carpenter skills were often appreciated. For twenty-two years he owned and operated the Der Dutch Merchant. While working there, he made many lifelong friends.
By nature, Dad was a kind, gentle man, loving peaceful solutions to the challenges of life. Ray truly enjoyed being with people and was a great conversationalist. We loved hearing his many stories and often his knowledge of the Bible amazed us!
He was keenly aware of God's blessings and grace and his priority was to always stay close to the Lord. He was a solid, constant rock in our family. Like one of his favorite hymns says, "Saved by grace I live to tell, what the love of Christ has done", so his life has proved a wonderful example for us to follow. He will be deeply missed.
Those left to cherish precious memories are his wife, Antonia; his daughters: Alicia Koehn, Kidron, Ohio and Carmen Koehn, Murray, Kentucky; his grandchildren: Gabriella, Adriana, Erika, Abi, Anthony, Jaxon and Madelyn; three brothers: Kenneth and Bernice, Goltry, Oklahoma; Jerry and Viola, Fairview, Oklahoma; Rick and Kathy, Fairview, Oklahoma and one brother-in-law, Jack Adkins, Ringwood, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Marlene Adkins.
We as a family would like to express our appreciation for all the acts of kindness shown to us at this time.