ZOOK, John Raymond

It is with great sadness and much love that we announce the passing of Ray Zook, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 6 at the age of 84 years.

Ray is lovingly remembered by his wife Carol (nee Lehman) of sixty-two plus years; his children Douglas, Glenda (Rick) Esau, and Joan (Warren) Dynna; his grandchildren Carmen (Marcie), Brandon, Mark, Rebecca (Travis), Jordan, and Courtney; great-grandchildren Spencer, Zoe, and Ava; his brother Kenneth; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Gladys Rude, Linda (Ernie) Wilks, Linda Lehman as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary (nee Lauber) Zook, brother Benjamin, sisters, Ida Marie (Robert) Dark, Jane Basgall, Phoebe (Frank) Drasak, and sister-in law Elsie Zook.

Ray led a full and rich life; he was deeply committed to his faith and his family; he also enjoyed his large extended family and the many friendships he made throughout his life. Ray grew up in a Christian family where church involvement was central to their lives. As a youth he was baptised, and for the rest of  his life he endeavoured to live faithfully as a Christian. Ray had a successful career of thirty-six years with the Alberta Treasury Branch, now ATB Financial. Upon his retirement, he was involved in pastoral work until he was 66 years old. Ray and Carol enjoyed wintering in San Diego and trips to Kenya, Israel, England, and Rome. Ray didn’t have many hobbies, but he was an avid sports fan, especially football, and he took great interest in his grandchildren’s various activities as they grew up.

We will be having a viewing for friends and extended family on Friday, October 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at Serenity Funeral Home, Southside (5303-91 Street, Edmonton). There will be a funeral service, by invitation only, celebrating the life of Ray at Salem Mennonite Church, Tofield on Saturday, October 16 at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow the service at the Salem Mennonite Church cemetery. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a lunch after the burial. COVID restrictions will be followed at the viewing and funeral.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Shepherd’s Care, Millwoods for their care of Ray these past two-and-a-half years. We also want to express our appreciation for the love and prayerful support of our relatives and friends during this time of mourning.

Memorial donations in the name of Ray may be made to Hope Mission or the charity of your choice.

Serenity Funeral Service – South

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Dathan Arnett

Sorry for being so late in responding. Ray’s obituary just popped up on my computer today. Ray and I worked together for a few years at ATB Head Office. He was a pleasure to work with–always a gentleman and treated everybody with respect. After we both retired, we were able to meet for coffee a few times. Years ago in Grande Prairie, while we were both managers at the two branches in the city, Ray’s daughter Glenda worked at my branch. Like her dad, she was also a beautiful personality. Carol and family, please accept my condolences for the loss a very good man.
Dathan Arnett

Elaine Dunnigan

We all called him Uncle Ray in our family because he was just that kind to all of us. A striking man with a willingness to listen to your life’s update and be very humble about his own. Uncle Ray was always ready for a joke followed by a hearty laugh, just as he was always ready to pray to his Heavenly Father. Rest well dearest Uncle Ray.

Bertha Ramstad(Johnson)

So sorry for your loss of your dear husband and friend. Stan and I send you our condolences. We had many good times together when we were young. Hugs to you and your family.

Vic and Doreen Lillo

Carol and family: God knows best! Lots of love to all of you. Your old Ryley friends. Vic and Doreen Lillo

Daryl and Vangie Sader

To the Ray Zook family. We always enjoyed his company. Our prayers are with you all.

Keith and Ila Balkwill

We were sorry to hear of Raymond’s passing. The family is left to mourn and we will be holding you up in prayer. May the God of all comfort put His loving arms around you and soothe your sorrow.

Maria Collett

My sincere condolences to Carol and family. Thinking and praying for you all. Pastor Ray was just wonderful!!

Phyllis Milligan

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Carol as you mourn the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. I have so many happy memories of Raymond as he was a frequent visitor at our home as were we at the Zook home.We’ve lost a good man. May your many memories bring you peace and comfort .Love and hugs to all.

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