On Thursday, March 28, 2019, Elmer Ray Milhoan, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 84.
Elmer (Ray) was born on August 13, 1934 in Wildorado, TX to Everett and Ada (Evans) Milhoan.
He served in the United States Navy for approximately eight years as a scuba diver. He truly believes in our military service and defending our country.
He received his Theology Degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary in 1976 and his Doctorate in Theology. He was a Southern Baptist minister for 46 years. He was a pastor for churches in Munday, Stamford and Amarillo, TX and started a mission in Cutbank Montano in 1978 where he served for eight years.
On August 12, 1954 he married Mary Joyce Milhoan. They raised two daughters Cheryl (Sherry) and Donna, and one son Ronald (Ron).
Elmer (Ray) was preceded in death by his father, Everett, and his mother, Ada, his daughter Cheryl Warren King, his brother, George Milhoan and sister, Marie Milhoan.
He is survived by his wife Mary (Joyce) Milhoan, two children Donna Cecil and Ron Milhoan, his sister and brother-in-law, Irma & Bill Koenig of Tennessee, his brother and sister-in-law, James and Gail Milhoan of Florida, granchildren Roy Dale King of Harlingen, Brandon Milhoan of Missiouri, Stephanie Sanchez of Connecticut, Justin Milhoan of Connecticut, Mandi Voss Willis of Amarillo and Kevin Voss of Throckmorton. He has 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Elmer (Ray) had a strong passion for his ministry, serving the Lord, and sharing God’s faith and promise. He touched many lives over the past 46 years through his ministry to God. He was also a mechanic by trade and owned Milhoan Garage for several years in Amarillo, TX.
We would especially like to thank Kindred Hospice in caring for our dad and husband. The staff are excellent, loving and caring to the patient and family. We can say that each one of these angels treated our dad and husband as family. There will never be enough words to thank them for making his final journey comfortable. The encouragement and continuous information on what to expect with his brain tumor helped us through his final journey to meet our glorious God in heaven. The Bible says that God will never put more on you than you can handle. When I was tired and exhausted I am human and would question that, however, every single time I questioned how I could do one more day I knew it was time to pray to our marvelous God to give me the strength to go on and he always has. I love you mama and daddy and would do it all over again if I had too.
We would also like to thank the staff at Georgia Manor in the excellent care for our dad and husband. Brain tumors are difficult for the patient and for the staff trying to care for them. Again, thank you for the patience and time spent caring for him. Each of you helped assist him also in his final journey on this earth.
A viewing will be held Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 3pm to 5 pm at Lighthouse Funeral Home. Funeral services are Monday April 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Country Church 2512 Ave J Amarillo, TX (located at Amarillo College East Campus area). Burial will follow at Palo Duro Cemetary in Wildorado, TX (appr 6 miles south of Wildorado)
Flowers may be sent to Lighthouse Funeral Home: 4207 SW 21st St. Amarillo, TX 79106.