Ronald Dean Raper
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Ronald Dean Raper

of Benton, AR

April 9, 1969 - April 12, 2022

Ronald Dean Raper, 53 of Benton, Arkansas, passed away on April 12, 2022.

He leaves a vast loss in the hearts of his family and friends who were touched by his tireless dedication to others.

Ron was born on April 9, 1969, to Ronald Raper and Peggy Raper James in El Paso, TX. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, his mother Peggy, his daughter Victoria, his son Mason, and seven grandchildren, as well as 2 brothers, a sister, and other extended family.

He is, as his wife likes to say, ''pathologically nice''. Ron was one of the kindest, most generous and loving men, and everyone who ever met him was instantly drawn to his genuine and gregarious personality. Ron is a devoted man who loves God and his family deeply. His one constant wish is to help people learn more about God's promises for the future.

Ron was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and had surgery and chemo to combat it. The surgery resulted in chronic nerve pain until October of 2021 when he received the news that his cancer had returned. Ron continued to go to work, dedicated to caring for his family. But on April 12, his most generous heart became tired, and he passed away with his loved ones near.

He was beloved by everyone who ever met him, A fantastic father and grandfather, devoted son, a wonderful husband and a best friend to all walks of life. No matter the circumstance, you'd always leave Ron's presence feeling better about yourself.

Ron is now sleeping and alive in God's memory, awaiting the day that Christ will awaken him. (John 5:28, 29)

There will be a virtual memorial service held via ZOOM conferencing on Saturday, April 23 at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend. To join the Memorial Service on Zoom, please call 903-243-6858 and listen to the message for details.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation. Donations can be sent to

Raper Family
PO BOX 941
Benton AR 72018

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67 Condolence(s)
Elsa Rodriguez
Pittsburg, TX
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Monday, April 25, 2022

My condolences to the family and may Jehovah give you strenght to endure the pain you are going through.

We are very sorry for your loss. We will see him soon, we have Jehovah’s promise.

Live you’ll ❤️

Ronny Allan
Ringwood,
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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Sorry for your loss, sincere condolences

Paul and Melissa Monk
Mesquite, TX
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Saturday, April 23, 2022

We had the privilege of hosting Ron during his last Pioneer School here at Central Mesquite Kingdom Hall. Took a while for Melissa to realize Jenny had been in her Pioneer School several years before. We are so grateful to have met them both.. and look forward to the day we see Ron again. We love you both.

Harvel Neal Cofer
Winnsboro, TX
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Saturday, April 23, 2022

The New World is just around the corner. RON was great with the prisoner at Winnsboro. He helped me a lot. Harvel

Justin & Beth Mosca (& Mason & Eli)
Winston Salem, NC
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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Jenny, we are so sorry that you have to go through this. We look forward to the time soon when you and Ron can be reunited. Our deepest sympathy my friend.

Tyler, Katie, Solomon, and Alice Gibson
Lonsdale, AR
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Saturday, April 23, 2022

What a touching tribute to a wonderful man. We look forward to when we can make up this lost time in a perfect world, forever reunited. Until then, we send our love to his family and mourn his loss.

Judye
Traswood,
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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Love all of you!

Sharon Harris & Family
Sulphur Springs, TX
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Friday, April 22, 2022

Words can't express how loved and missed Ron will be. He truly had a big heart full of love for those he met. He always made you feel welcomed and encouraged when in his presence. I am so truly sorry for your loss. What a wonderful time when Revelation 21:3, 4 is fulfilled. We have that wonderful promise to look forward to.

Glenn Brown
Jacksonville, AR
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Friday, April 22, 2022

I work a advance auto parts and have been delivering parts to discount tire for almost two years ! Ron has always been such a pleasure to work and a great sense of humor! Sure gonna miss him!! R.I.P.my friend!!

Salvador & JoAnn Barrios
Mt Pleasant, TX
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Friday, April 22, 2022

Ron was a very happy, hardworking man loved by so many and I know you and those grandbabies of were his heart. You've been very strong through all of this. He's in Jehovah's memory and you're in our prayers. Love you.

Schantz and Lori Ross
Benton, AR
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Thursday, April 21, 2022

From the first moment you guys came into our lives, we knew we would treasure you both as closest friends.. family. Our thoughts, prayers and our heart will continue to be with you Jenny, until we will reunit with Ron again.

Danny Vick
Bryant, AR
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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Ron was everything said above. Almost immediately, you could tell he was genuine and trustworthy. He left his mark in the hearts of everyone who met him.

Jared hilkert
Mount ida, AR
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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Looking forward to seeing Ron Again one day Real soon Prayers for the family Revelation 21 verses 3 and 4

Ronald Wilcox
Sulphur Springs, TX
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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Ron was such a loving person and will be truly miss. We look forward to the time when Rev. 21:3,4 will be fulfill.

Jennifer Crespo
Miami, FL
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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

May your tears find their place in Jehovahs skin bottle. Sending all the healing love your way. 💗

Willy Allen
Kearney, MO
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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

I didn't know Ron personally but heard about him through Ben who I work with. Just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to the family.

Sarah Bradley
Benton,
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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Brother Raper will be missed by all who knew and loved him
Just around the corner we will see him again
Jenny you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts

Max and Kristi Rathbun
Hot Springs National Parkso sorry, AR
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

So sorry for your loss. He is in Jehovah's memory, praying for comfort and love in your time of sorrow.

Genell McNeil
Gilmer, TX
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Monday, April 18, 2022

I always loved visiting with Ron at the tire shop in Mt Pleasant! I think I played my best jokes on Ron and him on me when he worked there! One of the kindest people I ever met! He will be missed in this world! My deepest condolences go out to his family!

Matt Miller
North Little Rock, AR
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Monday, April 18, 2022

Fellow worker At Discount Tire And Brake. I didn’t know Ron for long but one of the most genuine kind man I have met.

Willie Lue Griffin
Benton, AR
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Monday, April 18, 2022

May Jehovah give you and your family strength to see this through you know you will see him again because it's just around the corner
Love ❤️.

Peggy and Garland Vick
Benton, AR
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Monday, April 18, 2022

We will miss him. What a loss!! He gave of himself for others in an exceedingly excellent way. We will miss his smiles and kindness until we meet again.

Linda Beck
Benton, AR
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Monday, April 18, 2022

Harold and Patricia Gloston
Benton, AR
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Monday, April 18, 2022

We love Ron and Jennifer very much. Looking forward to seeing him in the resurrection and seeing the fulfillment of Revelation 21:3,4 .

Drew & Teresa Smith
Bauxite, AR
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Monday, April 18, 2022

We are deeply sorry about Ron. You guys will always be in our prayers.

Wanda Tatham
Alexander, AR
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Monday, April 18, 2022

We lost a wonderful Brother for a little while but Jehovah will give him back to us shortly. Jenny and Ron’s families please know that you’re in our prayers and a phone call away

Eileen Hood
Benton, AR
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Monday, April 18, 2022

I am looking so forward to seeing him in the resurrection. Such a kind loving brother is missed by all.

Ted and Melanie Garner
Cozumel Mexico,
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Sunday, April 17, 2022

He was Always the funny one growing up.
I was so happy to see the man he grew up to be.
I will see my cousin soon and in perfect health.
To all the immediate family, and especially Jenny. Mel and I love you and are thinking about you. Praying you have peace in this difficult time

Joan Tyler
Fordyce, AR
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Sunday, April 17, 2022

My heart aches for Ron's family during this difficult time. He was truly a fine person. I look forward to getting to know Ron and his family during resurrection time.

Candace Nolen
Sulphur Springs, TX
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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Ron you are now sleeping and in Jehovah’s memory. We await your resurrection to once again say ‘hello’.
Ágape, Candy Nolen

Kris Eckstrom
Albany, OR
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Sunday, April 17, 2022

No greater hope do we have but to see our loved ones again! How loving a Father Jehovah is to give us this gift. May He wrap his arms around you all during this difficult time and well into the future until you are reunited!! Prayers and thoughts for you! Love ya! Kris

Albert & Samaris Zayas
Rock Hill, SC
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Sunday, April 17, 2022

We have fond memories of Jenny and Ron. He was loved and respected and he will be truly missed. It saddens us he is no longer with us but he is resting and no longer in pain. We pray that Jehovah comforts Jenny, family, friends and the congregation. We love you Jenny.

Chris Almazan
Mabelvale, AR
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Sunday, April 17, 2022

In the short time I got to know Ron,he impressed upon me that he was a very kind,gentle and generous person, I look forward in meeting Ron in the future resurrection.

Hellen Bell
Benton, AR
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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Dale Grady
Alexander, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

A brother in our Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses who
visited me at a time I will never forget, imparting encouragement and
loving concern, a man of unimpeachable spiritual integrity - my friend -
whose memory is inscribed on my heart. I will see him again.

Blaine & Chelsa Wenich
Bryant, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Ron was a fine example for all. Looking forward to seeing him in the new world. He will be greatly missed. ❤️

Familia Lopez
Little Rock, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Los amamos mucho. Es un tiempo duro pero gracias a un futuro de Esperanza nos alegra mas a verlo otra vez en el Nuevo mundo y compartir mas años de perfeccion y amor.

Sheila McGee
Sulphur Springs, TX
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

I only met him a few times but every time, he was a kind giving person. He will be missed. It will be a great day when he will be resurrected into paradise. I can’t wait to get to know him better with all our loved ones.

Ebonie and Caliece Garrett
CHICAGO, IL
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

It was impossible to leave Ron’s presence without feeling so much better than when you came. He had this incredible way of putting a smile on your face and always seemed to know the right words to say to offer words of encouragement at just the right time. He will be missed dearly by all. Sending both love and hugs to the entire family.

Gala and Larry Donald
Desha, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Ronald was a friend to so many so many will miss him. So sorry for the families loss.

Shawn and Jennifer Eckhart
Mablevale, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

We are so very sorry for your loss. And Jehovah is hurting too and going to miss his prayers. What a kind and good man, and very soon he will be back healthy and thrilled to see his loved ones. Love you Jenny

Rod & Queona Maupin
Maumelle, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

He was a wonderful brother and truly miss him. Can't wait to see him in Paradise! We love you Jenny so much! 💗💋

Renee and Terry schoon
Heber Springs, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

We are so sorry for your loss and are, along with all the others, looking forward to the time when Jesus wakes him up and there will be no more pain or sorrow

Alta Jones
Mabelvale, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

You could see in Ron's face such kindness. He was a good man who loved his family so much. It will be a great day when we get to welcome him back.

Edna McCrary
Scroggins, TX
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

So happy to have known Ron. A man who more than not, had a smile on his face. Even while in pain he continued to do his best in his service to Jehovah and the sheep under his care. Nothing seemed to stop him. This terrible enemy death gets the best of all in this old system. Praise to our God for the happy hope we have for the very near future when all sorrows will be gone forever and we can see our loved ones again. May Jehovah comfort you Jenny...and all his sweet family...

Kelly and Kristin Barber
Benton, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Ron was one of the most selfless, encouraging and kind people we’ve ever known. Up until the end, he was reaching out to help others, despite being in chronic pain. Now, he’s resting in peace. Can’t wait to see you soon, friend.

Marshena Kemp
Lonsdale, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

I will sure miss seeing that warm and loving smile when I enter the hall or watch on zoom. Ron was such a encouraging brother, always so caring and really made you know that he cared about his big spiritual and fleshly family. Can’t wait to see you again and hear about what else you can cook! We love you Jenny and we’re all here for you.

Dillon tillema
Winnsboro, TX
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Ron will always be one of my favorite people.
I always loved that he hade a meme or a movie reference for any situation. He was a wonderful person

Curtis & Lavonne Wood
Mabelvale, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

The first four verses of 2 Corinthians chapter eight are a fitting description of our loving and generous spiritual brother. Ron humbly shepherded Jehovah’s flock beyond his means, in a sense, by doing so while in constant pain and depending upon strength from Jehovah. The love he showed for those under his care will be greatly missed. We can’t wait until my brother wakes up without the trials that plague mankind today.

Carey Riffel (Smith)
Little Rock, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

My condolences to the family and friends of Ron. He was a gregarious, kind man. Look forward to the fulfillment of Revelation 21:3,4 to be able to enjoy his company and humor once again. 🖤

Kyle & Julie Smalley family
Sulphur Springs, TX
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

We will miss Ron until we get to see him again. Can't wait to laugh with him again in the future. Our prayers are with your family♡

Louis & Patty Romero
Cape Coral, FL
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Awesome, caring, loving friend and an absolute encouraging elder!! We love you soooo much Ron, we'll be waiting for u when u wake up to enjoy more moments together under the gazebo ❤ 💙 💕 ♥

James and Sarah Brown
Benton, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Ron was always so positive evertime we talked to him. He was a very sweet and encouraging brother. Cant wait to see him again in the resurrection!

Brenda Smedley
Frisco, TX
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

The bible gives us " real hope" that we will live again in a world free from sickness and death. May you find comfort in God's word.

Mike Pledger
Judsonia, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Kind does not begin to describe this wonderful man. Sincere condolences to Jennifer and all the family.

Shawn and Sharla Doddridge
Traskwood, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Barry and Sandi Newcomb
Malvern, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Ron was a wonderful and giving brother who we will miss very much.

Mo and Karen Broomfield
Benton, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

We so wanted to get to know him better but Covid robbed us of that. For now! Soon we’ll have eternity to catch up (and exchange cooking ideas). In the meantime we’ll miss him dearly. Such a loving and caring Brother. Will miss his humor too.

MARA MOODY
Little Rock, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

I look forward to seeing Ron again. Revelation 21: 3,4 My love to his family❤

Dorse Rogers
Benton, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Jerry & Brenda Colvin
Benton, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Gemayel & Atalaya Owens
Benton, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

A wonderful brother that will be greatly missed.

Melissa Nickols
Benton, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

He was a wonderful person. Jenny we love you so much.

Bill & Jeanne Hodge
Little Rock, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Gary & TJ Melton
Benton, AR
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

A wonderful brother and a very caring elder.

Debbie Hutcheson
Traskwood, AR
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Friday, April 15, 2022

Robert & Michelle Finnell
Benton, AR
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Friday, April 15, 2022