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**Reverend Paul Newell Ray Memorial Fund**

Reverend Paul Newell Ray, a cherished minister and pillar of the Rochester, Wisconsin community, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at the age of 85. Pastor Ray’s journey of faith and service touched the hearts of many.

This fund is established in his name to help defray funeral costs and to support his beloved spouse. Your contributions will honor his legacy and provide much-needed assistance during this difficult time.

Pastor Paul Newell Ray’s legacy of faith, love and service will continue to inspire and guide all who were touched by his remarkable life. He will be deeply missed but forever remembered.

Thank you & Bless you.

Further details from Obituary of Rev. Paul N. Ray.
Born on January 11, 1939 in Spring Green, Wisconsin, he was the son of Newell and Ethelyn (nee Hyatt) Ray. He grew up in the Madison and Verona areas, graduating from Verona High School. He graduated from Chicago Bible College (“Christian Life”) and Western Theological Seminary. In 1963 in Rockford, Illinois, he was united in marriage to Agneta Gustafsson. One week after marriage, he was ordained and together with his wife they served in churches for over 61 years.

Over the course of his dedicated career, he faithfully served congregations in various communities, including Dodgeville, WI; Spring Green, WI; Lone Rock, WI; Traverse City, MI; Allegan, MI; Beloit, WI; Yarmouthport, MA; Hanson, MA; Taunton, MA; and finally at First Congregational Church of Rochester, WI. In each location, he led with a spirit of love, compassion and unwavering faith. His sermons were known for their profound biblical wisdom and ability to connect deeply with parishioners of all ages. His genuine kindness and care for the people that he served embodying the true essence of Christian charity.


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