Ken H. Ray

Ken H. Ray, 78, of Springdale, died Saturday, July 25, 2020, at home. He was born February 25, 1942, in Horatio, Arkansas, to Hugh and Abby Ray. Ken graduated from DeQueen High School in 1960, where he was a member of the football team. He was a Boy Scout; earning many merit badges, and served as a Scout leader for many years. He loved hunting and the outdoors, and was well-known for his foot-made projects at local craft fairs. He was a faithful member of Cross Church Springdale. These achievements would be normal for any young man growing up in the 50’s, however, Ken, who was born without arms, was blessed with a family who taught him he could do anything he set his mind to. Ken Ray made a difference in many lives through his life dedicated to his Savior, who empowered him to be more than he ever imagined.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Ray of the home, to whom he was married 47 years; and one daughter, Mariah Weber (Dr. Steven Weber); and his grandchildren, Braden Weber and Brooke Weber, all of Farmington; in addition to many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and his three sisters: June Smith Hornor, Martha Stevens, and Melba Merchant (and their husbands).

His life will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27, at Cross Church Springdale with Charlie Foster officiating. Visitation will be prior to the funeral from 1:00-2:00 at the church. Memorials may be made to Cross Church Outdoors, 1709 Johnson Road, Springdale AR 72762. Services arranged by Heritage Funeral Home. www.heritageofnwa.com

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Aunt sue and uncle Bill Daily
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Aunt sue and uncle Bill Daily

Met your dad at your wedding and felt very welcome and happy to have known him…..great memories!

Patricia Reid Halpain
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Patricia Reid Halpain

Prayers for the family. I met him once and really enjoyed his company. My condolences to Beth and entire family.

Sonya Warren
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Sonya Warren

Mariah and Brooke… we love y’all and we are praying for comfort for you and your family
Sonya, Lyla & Slate

Mike and Joan McDonald
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Mike and Joan McDonald

I believe I have known Ken as long as
I have lived in NWA, 46 years. His smile, his handshakes and his love for his savior as well as his family and friends are what I shall remember about him.
Our prayers are for Beth and Steven, their children and the rest of the family as they grieve his death, but not as those who have no hope.

Ann Noska
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Ann Noska

May God grant each of you peace and grace during this time.

Paul and Karen
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Paul and Karen

Mr Ken was an amazing man. We are honored to have known him. Praying for peace for Miss Beth and the family.

Heide Weber
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Heide Weber

I remember the first time I met Ken Ray. I was a young college student coming to Arkansas for the first time to visit a friend over Thanksgiving. My friend’s older brother is Ken’s son-in-law, and he came to pick me up because I “just had to see this.” Apparently, Ken shot a deer and was dressing it. Now, I grew up in western PA where everyone hunted, so I wasn’t sure what the fuss was until we got there. Ken had the deer strung up and was expertly dressing it with knives held between his toes! That weekend I… Read more »

Treva Jackson
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Treva Jackson

So sad to hear of Rays passing. Even though it has been many months since I have been able to see anyone at CC, I will always remember his warm, friendly greetings on Sunday mornings. I am sure he is with Jesus now welcoming all who come through the pearly gates with his beautiful smile and personality. My condolences to Beth during this trying time. Know I am praying for the grace of God to bring your comfort and precious memories to carry you through. All my love and prayers to you. Treva Jackson

Richard Finn
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Richard Finn

One think I knew about Ken was not to set close to him around the camp fire. He would take his cap off with his foot and swing it around. He was an amazing man.

Johnny and Linda Phillips
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Johnny and Linda Phillips

Ken was our best man at our wedding 53 years ago. Ken and Beth have been our special friends for many years.. we will keep the. Prayers coming for the family. The Linda and Johnny Phillips family.

Sandra Kostka
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Sandra Kostka

I am going to miss my neighbor. The past few years we had many conversations over the fence. I will think of him every time I look at the walking sticks which he gave me. Incredible man that I was lucky enough to know. Miss ya Ken🙏

Billie Carol Frady Willis
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Billie Carol Frady Willis

Beth and all the family, I was so sorry to hear of Kenneth’s passing!
He was like a cousin to me, tho I hadn’t seen him since we were kids. He was a cousin of one of my cousins.
I know he will be greatly missed.
My sympathies and condolences to all the family!
May the angels wrap their arms around you all, and comfort you!
May the Lord comfort and strengthen you!

Kay Smith Rowe
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Kay Smith Rowe

Being with my Uncle Ken was always an adventure! He loved the roads less traveled.. the woods, lakes, mountains, rocks, trees and flowers. He loved his family and was never prouder than the day his daughter Mariah was born. Counting all her little fingers and toes.
He loved to tell a good story.. or two..
or three! I will miss his stories.

Myra Merchant Gillean
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Myra Merchant Gillean

My Uncle Kenneth was a presence in my life from day one. We hunted, fished, and I can still remember the excitement I felt on being included in the middle of the night frog gigging adventures with him and Grandpa. He usually beat me at washers, but occasionally let me win. He was a fiercely competitive pitch player, and I always wanted him to be my partner. Everything he did, he did with a passion. He loved his family, every one of us, and we knew it. Beth was his angel on earth. Patient, loving, and always ready to join… Read more »

Elizabeth Rowe
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Elizabeth Rowe

Uncle Ken was one of a kind. He was loved by so many and will be truly missed.

Faye Creger
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Faye Creger

Ken was such an amazing man. I first got to know him at Cargill and was privileged to be able to spend time with he and Beth and will treasure these special times.

Mike White
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Mike White

Ken and I had a lot of hunting and fishing times back in our younger days. Remember on fishing trip at Fayetteville lake Ken was setting in front boat seat and we were fishing for catfish. All of a sudden Ken yelled for me to get up there and hold him in his seat, he had hooked a big cat and it was actually pulling him out of his seat it finally broke his line and we had a big laugh. Oh the fun we used to have together. I quite trying to beat Ken throwing horse shoes. Thoughts and… Read more »

ellis bowen
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ellis bowen

Beth, our thoughts and prayers are with you today! Ken was a inspiration to me and many others. He could find a way to get things done. It was a honor to know Ken Ray. from Ellis Bowen and family

Wanda and Mel Leber
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Wanda and Mel Leber

Beth, we are so sorry at the sudden passing of Ken. Please accept our heartfelt thoughts for you and your daughter.

Michael Rowe
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Michael Rowe

Uncle Ken will be missed. He was born with out arms, but he did not let that stop him from making a great life and being a good person. Knowing him was an inspiration.

Patty Stevens
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Patty Stevens

My earliest memory of my uncle Ken was when he took me to high school with him when I was 7. Years later we had some time for a car trip and I was fascinated with his stories of the natural world. I’m sad our visits will end but am so thankful for the wonderful memories we made over many years. I imagine if we could get together normally there would be no end to everyone’s stories. All best wishes and blessings to Beth and Mariah.

ellis bowen
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ellis bowen

so sorry!

Brenda Russell
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Brenda Russell

Ken and Beth sat in front of us in church for many years. He was always ready to greet you and share his love for his Savior. Always upbeat.
He amazed me and I loved listening about his turkey hunting adventures! We will miss seeing his smiling face in church. Love you Ken and Beth!

Nancy Ward
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Nancy Ward

I have tried to remember when I first met Ken but can’t seem to place the circumstances. He was a fixture of Cross Church and an example of Christian love to all who were greeted by him. So sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many.

Regina Adams
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Regina Adams

Ken was a great man. Will keep the family in our prayers. He was also a wonderful storyteller around the camp fire.

Jerolyn , Shirley, Janice, Virginia etc......
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Jerolyn , Shirley, Janice, Virginia etc......

The class of 1960 lost a great friend. He will be truly missed by all who new him.

Wendell Needham
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Wendell Needham

Sorry to hear this about Kenneth. Prayers for grace and comfort for the family. Ken and I were classmates as well as football team members . He was the extra point kicker for the team and was very good at it. I know he will be missed by many.

Lance and Rebekah Price
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Lance and Rebekah Price

We have you in our hearts. ❤️

Shirley Pearce
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Shirley Pearce

He was an amazing guy. Had lots of ambition and never let his handicap slow him down. We were classmates in the 1960 graduating class in De Queen, AR. So much admiration for this friend.

Ellis Gregory
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Ellis Gregory

Ken, Beth, and Mariah are family to me. I grew up living across the street from them. Ken and my dad were like brothers helping each other out in whatever was wanted or needed. Ken was not like any ordinary man. He was extraordinary in so many ways. His expressive spirit about Razorback football was second to none. His ability to hunt and fish never failed to amaze me. I will miss hearing his laughter and his stories. I knew and loved Ken my whole life. His presence will be sorely missed. Thank you Ken for sharing your life with… Read more »

Joyce (Cole) and Johnnie Gentry
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Joyce (Cole) and Johnnie Gentry

It was a pleasure going to school with Kenneth. He was so special and he made everyone seem special. There will never be another like him. He will be loved and missed. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

Victoria Wilbourn
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Victoria Wilbourn

I got to meet Ken and Beth at the Fayetteville High homecoming parade last year where Brooke was celebrated as a Homecoming maid. Ken’s love of life and his joy were so evident, and I’m glad I got to meet him and Beth. You’re all in our hearts and prayers as you grieve and celebrate Ken — today and always.

Doris Cawood
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Doris Cawood

Beth, you and Ken were such an important part Of Nickie’s childhood. She has many wonderful memories of her many excursions and adventures with Mariah and you and Ken.
I always knew she was safe with y’all and she had so many great stories to tell about those times. I feel truly blessed to have known Ken and you and that little giggly girl Mariah.
Gary and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
Doris and Gary

Scott Weber
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Scott Weber

I knew of Ken growing up, but it wasn’t until my brother Steven married Ken’s daughter Mariah that I began spending more time with Ken. Our families would often combine for meals over the holidays. I loved hunting and fishing, so Ken and I had a lot in common and a lot of stories to swap. Ken would love to get my attention and tell about a new gun, a new technique to call turkeys or a story of the one that got away last season. If you are an outdoorsman, you are a storyteller. Ken was a great outdoorsman… Read more »

Graham Gibbs
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Graham Gibbs

I was so sad to hear of Ken’s passing! It was always a blessing greeting him and Beth on Sunday mornings as an usher at CrossChurch. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time, knowing Ken is looking down from heaven.

Bonnie Long
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Bonnie Long

Ken was one of the best. He shared his love for The Lord with everyone he met. He has left a wonderful legacy. Beth you and your family are in my prayers. I’m sending my heartfelt sympathy.