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Harold A. Zehr b. 15 Oct 1903 Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL d. 15 Dec 1975: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Harold A. Zehr

Male 1903 - 1975  (72 years)


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  • Name Harold A. Zehr  [1, 2, 3
    Born 15 Oct 1903  Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    CLER
    Occupation Farmer, School Teacher, Minister 
    Ordained 1931  Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • East Bend Mennonite Church
    Religion Mennonite 
    Residence Dec 1952  Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Became Executive Secretary of the Ulrich Foundation and Director of PR for Ulrich Manufacturing Co.
    USR1 Heart Attack 
    Died 15 Dec 1975 
    • from March 1978 Mennonite Heritage
    Buried Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • East Bend Mennonite Cemetery
    Person ID I1150  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 26 May 2019 

    Father Jacob E. Zehr,   b. 8 Aug 1872, Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1950, Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Emma A. Miller,   b. 20 Mar 1876, Carlock, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1955, Rantoul, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 13 Feb 1902  [4
    Family ID F488  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Alma P. Unzicker,   b. 5 Nov 1903, Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1966, Normal, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1926  Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Edith Marie Zehr,   b. 28 Mar 1927, Foosland, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 2001, Normal, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Wesley Jay Zehr,   b. 24 Jul 1928,   d. 7 Jul 2017, Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     3. Dr. John Everett Zehr,   b. 29 Dec 1929, Foosland, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 2018, Urbana, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     4. Dean Richard Zehr,   b. 24 Feb 1932, Foosland, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 2014  (Age 82 years)
     5. Hazel Irene Zehr
     6. Allen Lee Zehr
     7. Rachel Zehr,   b. 8 Aug 1937, Foosland, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 2016, Chenoa, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     8. Lila Zehr,   b. 1 Jul 1941,   d. 4 Sep 2019, Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 28 Sep 2007 
    Family ID F836  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ruth Olive Springer,   b. 29 Feb 1912,   d. 16 Sep 2002  (Age 90 years) 
    Married Aug 1967 
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F4755  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Oct 1903 - Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Jun 1926 - Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrdained - 1931 - Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Dec 1952 - Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit:
      Zehr, Harold, son of Jacob E. and Emma (Miller) Zehr, was born at Goodfield, Ill., Oct. 15, 1903; died of a heart attack on Dec. 15, 1975; aged 72 y. In 1926, he was married to Alma Unzicker, who preceded him in death in 1966. In 1967, he was married to Ruth Schertz, who survives. Also surviving are 4 sons (Jay, John, Dean, and Allen Zehr), 4 daughters (Edith, Rachel, Mrs. Hazel Yoder, and Mrs. Lila King), one sister (Mrs. Mildred Good), and 3 brothers (Walter, Ellis, and Chester). He was preceded in death by one sister (Mrs. Mabel Schrock). He was ordained to the ministry in 1931 and served as a pastor in Illinois and Ohio. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, Ill., Dec. 17, in charge of Carl Newswanger and Edwin Stalter.

  • Sources 
    1. [S223] Where the River Bends, A 100-year History of the East Bend Mennonite Church, Verle C. Oyer.

    2. [S1018] {“Union in a Common Faith” published in Mennonite Life, March 1993, by V. Gordon Oyer}, {Harold Zehr} .

    3. [S1111] The Life and Legacy of a Farmer-Preacher, John E. Zehr.

    4. [S26] Jacob Zehr, 1825-1898, Mackinaw Meeting Preacher, Margaret and Verle Oyer.

    5. [S11] Obituaries of Individuals.


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