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Melvin Daniel Zehr b. 12 Jun 1923 Deer Creek Twp., Tazewell Co., IL d. 22 Oct 2007 Gibson City, Ford Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Melvin Daniel Zehr

Male 1923 - 2007  (84 years)


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  • Name Melvin Daniel Zehr  [1, 2
    Born 12 Jun 1923  Deer Creek Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Oct 2007  Gibson City, Ford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Annex
    Buried Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • East Bend Mennonite Cemetery
    Person ID I2598  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2020 

    Father Daniel Alvin Zehr,   b. 25 Sep 1890, Deer Creek, Washington Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1973, Sarasota, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Kate Elizabeth Birkey,   b. 25 Apr 1894, Decatur Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1987, Meadows, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1913  East Bend Twp., Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • By Peter Zehr, at home of Valentine Birkey
    Family ID F111  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Elizabeth Roszhart,   b. 10 Aug 1923, Meadows, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1996, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1946  [2
    Children 
     1. Paul Daniel Zehr
     2. Thomas George Zehr
     3. Philip Jon Zehr
     4. Rebecca Sue Zehr
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2001 
    Family ID F1828  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Edith Wiens 
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F2215  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Jun 1923 - Deer Creek Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Oct 2007 - Gibson City, Ford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit: (Pantagraph.com)
      FISHER — Melvin D. Zehr, 84, of Fisher, passed away on Monday (Oct. 22, 2007) at Gibson City Annex.

      His family includes his wife, Edith Heiser Zehr; son, Paul (Kathleen Erickson) Zehr, Topeka, Kan., and sons, Joel and Nathan of Colorado; son, Tom (Rachel) Zehr and daughters, China Tabbitha and Elizabeth of Springfield; son, Philip (Debra) Zehr, and son, John and Daniel of Lawrence, Kan.; and daughter, Rebecca (Ken) Moyer, and children, Anna, David and Michelle, of Monticello. Mr. Zehr also has siblings, Lela Keller of Paxton; Fern (Orva) Helmuth of Arthur; and Wilmer (Evelyn) Zehr of Champaign. In addition, his stepchildren and their families are Cleona (Dean) Swartzentruber, children, Josh, Andrew and Heidi; Carol (Steve) Nunn; and John (Lisa) Heiser, and son, Jake; and three great-stepgrandchildren.

      Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel A. Zehr and Katie E. Zehr; sister, Viola, and her husband, Wilbert Birky of Foosland; brothers, Wayne Zehr and wife, Geraldine, of Morton; Raymond Birkey and Paul Keller, sister, Lela’s husbands; and Mr. Zehr’s first wife, Mary Roszhart Zehr of Ludlow.

      Mr. Zehr resided for over 50 years in Ludlow and farmed nearby in Ford County until he retired in 1988. Additionally, he drove a Ludlow school bus for 24 years developing a lifelong connection with many of the children he transported. He also served a number of years on the Ludlow School board.

      Melvin enjoyed collecting toy tractors and was especially fond of his John Deers. In addition, he maintained an extensive pen and pencil collection and was a member of the American Pencil Collector’s Society. He was actively involved in the East Bend Mennonite Church and enjoyed interacting with friends and family. Melvin was devoted to helping others including disaster relief work and assisting neighbors, young and old, in many ways.

      He was born June 12, 1923, in Deer Creek Township, Tazewell County.

      Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at East Bend Mennonite Church, rural Fisher. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bend Cemetery, followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m.

      Melvin was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His kindness and generosity will be remembered. He was a gentle but strong man, and his family loves him dearly.

      Memorials may be made to East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher.

      Resided Ludlow, IL, later in Fisher.
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      Zehr.- Melvin D., 84, Fisher, Ill., died Oct. 22. Spouse: Edith Heiser Zehr. Spouse: Mary Roszhart Zehr (deceased). Parents: Daniel A. and Katie E. Zehr. Step-children: Cleona Swartzendruber, Carol Nunn, John Heiser; four step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren. Children: Paul, Tom, Philip, Rebecca Moyer; 10 grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 27 at East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher.
      The Mennonite, November 20, 2007, page 27, Vol. 10, No. 22.

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] Joseph and Catherine Stalter Good, Edna Schertz.

    2. [S2] The Berkey Book, Ruth Berkey Reichly, (Arlington, VA).

    3. [S11] Obituaries of Individuals.

    4. [S225] East Bend Mennonite Church Records, Peter Zehr.


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