Raymond Leroy Zell (1933 - 2017)

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Zell, Raymond Leroy, P. Geol
August 5, 1933 – January 14, 2017
"Across the years
I will walk with you –
in deep, green forests;
on shores of sand: and
when our time on earth
is through, in heaven, too,
you will have my hand."
"Forever Loved"
On Saturday, January 14, 2017, Ray passed away peacefully at
home with his wife and best friend, Beth, by his side. Ray was
the son of Raymond and Kathryn Zell and grew up in Cheyenne,
Wyoming. He went to high school in Cheyenne and later graduated
from the University of Wyoming in 1955. After serving in the U.S.
Navy as an Oceanographer, and working for a while in Calgary, Ray
returned to the University of Wyoming and graduated with a Master
of Science in Geology in 1959. Ray started his career as a Geologist
in Calgary with Amerada and later opened the Calgary Exploration
Division of Inter-City Gas Limited as Corporate Vice-President,
finishing his career as an Exploration Consultant upon retiring in
2001 and loved his work as a Geologist. He was a life-long member
of AAPG, CSPG, and APEGA. He was always a cowboy at heart and
for many years raised Murray Grey cattle and horses.
He volunteered for many years as a Director at the Calgary Zoo,
the Calgary Stampede Rodeo committee, and as a Timer for both
the afternoon rodeo and the chuck wagon races for 32 years. He
coached minor hockey for many years and was a member of The
Olympic Organizing Committee, and a Timer for the hockey games
at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Ray also volunteered as a Treasurer
for the Cochrane and District Chamber of Commerce, and was
a founding member of the Cochrane and District Community
Foundation. He very much enjoyed volunteering with helping to
organize the Hooves of History 2000 Cattle Drive, as well as other
volunteer activities. Ray loved to hike, bike, and cross country ski
in the Rocky Mountains and he enjoyed his time in the garden,
especially growing flowers with Beth.
He is survived by his wife, Beth; his brother Jim (Marie) Zell and
son Brian of Cheyenne, Wyoming; his son Tyler Zell of Calgary;
his nephew Brad (Ty'lene) Jackson and children Taylie, Alston
and Kinlie of Laramie, Wyoming; his niece Gayle (Steve) Dilling
and children Morgan and Olivia of Port Orchard, Washington; his
father-in-law Arlie Ganong; his brother-in-law David (Holly) Ganong
of Kingston, N.B. and their children Ben (Christina) Ganong and
children Nathan and Noah of Norton, N.B., and Adam (Audrey)
Ganong of McDonough, Georgia; his sister-in-law Deborah (Oran)
Perrin of Canmore, AB and their children Dennis (Jocelyn) Perrin
and children Jesse, Amelie, and Thea of Spruce Grove, AB, and
Anthony Perrin of Oromocto, N.B; his brother-in-law Tim Ganong of
Hampton, N.B; as well as many dear friends in Cochrane, Calgary,
Cheyenne, and many states in the U.S.A. He is also survived by
his much loved "Westies", Buzzy and Meg, who brought him many
laughs and happy times. Ray is predeceased by his mother and
father, his sister Maggie and her husband Gregg Jackson, and his
brother John Zell. At Ray's request there will be no funeral service
and cremation has taken place.
Heartfelt thanks to Dr. John Heine, Dr. Lynn Lambert, Dr. Jan
McPhee, Dr. John Nesbitt, Lisa Kroeker R.N., and all of Cochrane
Home Care team, Community Paramedics, and Palliative Care team
for their wonderful care of Ray and a very special thank you to Ian,
Kelly, Reid, and the Staff of Grand Avenue Pharmacy, Cochrane for
all of their extra help the past few months.
Donations may be made in Ray's memory to the Cochrane and
District Community Foundation, Cochrane Humane Society,
Canadian Cancer Society, or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Condolences may be left at
www.cochranecountryfuneralhome.com
Arrangements in care of
Cochrane Country Funeral Home
403-932-1039
Funeral Home
Cochrane Country Funeral Home
#6, 402 Railway Street West
Cochrane, AB T4C 2B6
(403) 932-1039
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Published in The Cochrane Eagle on Feb. 2, 2017
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