Elmer Ray Zwahlen, 76, of Wyandotte, Okla. passed away April 4, 2011 at St. Johnís Medical Center of a massive stroke. He died with his family by his side.
Ray was born June 20, 1934 to Elmer and Mildred (Fast) Zwahlen in the Sherman City area.
He graduated from Columbus High School in 1952 and was united in marriage to Shirley Kay Davis on October 25, 1952. They celebrated 58 years of marriage in 2010.
He was a member of the Faulkner Christian Church and attended Center Christian Church. Ray farmed, worked at Spencer Chemical and BF Goodrich retiring in 1993. The couple moved from the Zwahlen Farm to Grand Lake, Okla.
Our daddy was a simple country man. One of his greatest pleasures in life was fishing. Grand Lake and the Neosho River will miss him. He so enjoyed picking those pecans, watching the Columbus Titans, his grandsons wrestle, hunting, bowling (he won the quarter pot Thursday) and going to the casinoís. Life was good.
Survivors include his wife Kay; daughter, Vicky Johnson, husband John of Cherokee; son, Johnny Zwahlen, wife Janet of Chetopa; daughter, Debbie Evans, husband Jay of Columbus, daughter Dianna Commons, husband Britten of Cherokee; eight grandchildren, Johnny Johnson, wife Krissie; Jesse Johnson, wife Crystal and daughter Darcy, Jennifer Coberley, husband Justin, children Andrew and Anna; Jason Elmer Zwahlen and Micah and daughter Kynlee; Mike Evans, wife Hilary and children Wiley and Callie; Brandon Commons, wife Keleena and children Skyleer, Gabriel, Landon and Leela; Suzie Smith, husband Jesse and children Olivia and Conner, Jessica Commons and step-granddaughter Brecklyn Johnson, sister Roberta Simpson and Lee, and his bowling and fishing buddies.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 8, 2011, 10 a.m. at the Center Christian Church with Justin Coberley officiating. Interment will follow in McKee Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home, Columbus, Kan. Memorials may be made to the Center Christian Church with Murdock Funeral Home serving as custodian. Online condolences may be posted at www.murdockfuneralhomes.com.