J. Zehr, 77, of State Route 812, died at his home Friday
morning, July 20, surrounded by his family and under the care of his family and Lewis
Calling hours are from 2
to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the Lowville
Mennonite Church. The funeral will be at 10 a.m.
Monday, July 23, at Lowville Mennonite Church with Rev.
Keith Zehr, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the
Croghan Mennonite Cemetery.
was born at home in Belfort, NY, on Sept. 11, 1934, a son of
the late David H. and Veronica Widrick Zehr, he attended
Belfort, Beaver Falls and Copenhagen Schools.
On May 26, 1954, he married Janet K. Widrick at Lowville
Mennonite Church with Rev. Lloyd Boshart, officiating.
The couple purchased a farm on the Number Three Road in 1955
and moved to the farm on Route 12, Copenhagen in the mid
1960s, retiring in 2006 and moving to Croghan. Mr. Zehr also
had the distributorship for Impro Colostrum Products for
was a member of the Lowville Mennonite Church and an active
Gideons International since 1976, serving in local offices
& as Zone Leader and was instrumental in forming the
Gideon chapter in Lewis County. He was also involved in
various Christian community outreaches.
Zehr enjoyed his children, farming, hunting, traveling and
Surviving are his wife of more than 58 years, Janet; two
sons and three daughters and spouses, Jesse (Barb) Zehr of
Lowville; Nathan (Paula) Zehr of Webster, NY; Alma (Larry)
Roes of Staunton, VA; Joan Marie (David) Gerdon of
Copenhagen; Allison (Dan) Guenthner of Dolgeville, NY;
brothers and spouses surviving, Henry Zehr of Lowville,
Clifford Zehr of Country Manor Nursing Home, Carthage and
(Geraldine) Zehr of Castorland; Sherwood and (Linda) Zehr of
Black River; sisters, and spouses surviving, Rosella
Thompson of Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility,
Lowville, Estella Yancey of Florida, Grace and (Elmer)
Steria of California, Rachael Widrick of Lowville, Florence
Lehman of New Bremen; 18 grandchildren, 17
great-grandchildren, 1 step great-grandson. He is
predeceased by a daughter, Adrienne in 1970 at age 9, a son
Gale in 1980 at age 19, a grandson, Keith Gerdon in 1978, at
3 months of age, an infant sister, Elinor, two
sisters-in-law, Mable Zehr and Joan Zehr and four
brothers-in-law, Walter Thompson, Clyde Yancey, Sherwood
Widrick and Daniel Lehman.
are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lewis
County Chapter of Gideons International, P.O. Box 418,
Lowville, NY 13367 or Lewis County Hospice, 7785 N. State
Street, Lowville, NY 13367.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.
Information provided by Iseneker Funeral Home of Lowville and