Raymond Leo "Ray" Voorheis

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Raymond Leo "Ray" Voorheis, 88, of Rogers went home to be with his Savior Jan. 7, 2019, surrounded by his family. The longtime El Paso, Texas, resident was born to Leon Voorheis and Selma Kunze Voorheis on July 11, 1930, in Tulsa, Okla. He moved to El Paso in his late teenage years, where he married the love of his life, Emma Elizabeth Wright, on March 7, 1952. The El Paso community was extremely important to Ray, as he served in the National Guard Reserve from 1950 until 1957 and officiated for the El Paso Livestock Show and Rodeo for many years. He worked as an accountant at Chevron and sat on the board of the Chevron Federal Credit Union until his retirement in September 1996. His quiet faith in Christ was demonstrated in all that he did; he was a member of Ysleta Methodist Church in El Paso and then Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers after relocating with his wife to Arkansas in January 2009. Ray and Beth were actively involved in the Rogers Adult Wellness Center, and they made many close friendships there. As an avid sports fan, Ray watched any game, his favorite teams being the Dallas Cowboys and the UTEP Miners. His family was always his priority, and he often said his deepest desire was to see all of his grandchildren grow up. As such, he is survived by his living legacy: Beth, his wife of 66 years; his sister, Sharon Lawson of Kingman, Ariz.; his son, Philip Voorheis and wife Ellen of Las Cruces, N.M.; his daughter, Callie Whaley and husband Steve of Rogers; his daughter-in-law, Raquel Paquian of El Paso; and grandchildren, Chloe Voorheis, Brittany Chavez, Luke Voorheis, Cooper Whaley and Maddy Whaley. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Paul Voorheis; and his beloved son, Jim-Tom Voorheis. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Ark. 72762, or on their website, Ray's Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in the Chapel of Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Condolences may be expressed at

Published January 13, 2019

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