Ray “Preacher” Merz, 76, returned to his heavenly home on June 4, 2019 after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Ray was born to the late Egon and Lillie Merz, in McQueeney, TX on May 31, 1943. He pastored his first sermon at the age of eighteen and continued his calling in the ministry for the remainder of his life. Ray was also the Owner/Broker for Texas Proud Real Estate which served the Hill Country for many years.
Ray was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend and fellow parishioner, Carolyn Faith Werley on September 4, 1976 in San Antonio, TX. Ray helped raise his three sons with patience, discipline, humility, and joy. Ray dedicated and baptized each of his children to God and encouraged them to explore the truth of the Word of God.
Ray had a generous spirit and was always willing to lend a hand. He always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is now at peace with his Lord & Savior.
Ray is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his sons Ryan, daughter-in-law Maggie; Jason, and daughter-in-law Lindsey; and Jeremy, daughter-in-law Ellen; his grandchildren Dylan Merz, Hayden Merz, Jaslyn Merz, Hunter Merz, Ella Merz, Luke Merz, Kathryn and spouse Cliff Jones, Caroline McClellan, Courtney McClellan; his twin brother, Roy Merz, and other extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Egon and Lillie Merz; his sister, Mary Merz; and his brothers, Delbert and Virgil Merz.
Visitation for Ray will be at Sunset Memorial Oaks Chapel from 5:00-9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 11,2019 in New Braunfels, TX. Funeral service will be the following day at 10: 00 AM at Sunset Memorial Oaks, with burial service to follow at the Hill Country Memorial Gardens at 11:30 AM. Pastor Dave Tooker will officiate the services.
Please visit our website at www.sunsetnewbraunfels.com and sign our online guestbook. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 415 S. Hwy Bus. 35, New Braunfels, Texas 78130, (830)626-2020.