David D. Zehr1864 - 1924 (59 years)
Name David D. Zehr  Born 21 Apr 1864 Deer Creek Twp., Tazewell Co., IL [2, 3] Gender Male CLER Y Occupation Minister Residence 1897 Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Ordained 19 May 1902
Ordained 16 May 1909
Religion Amish Mennonite USR1 Results Of A Railroad Accident  Died 7 Feb 1924 Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Buried Manson, Calhoun Co., IA
- Rose Hill Cemetery
Person ID I317 Schrock-Birkey Connection Last Modified 22 Sep 2019
Father Peter Zehr, Sr., b. 30 Dec 1818, Manried, Bavaria, GR , d. 6 Apr 1886, Slabtown, Woodford Co., IL (Age 67 years) Mother Elizabeth Oyer, b. 23 Apr 1828, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR , d. 21 Mar 1896, Foosland, Champaign Co., IL (Age 67 years) Married 12 Aug 1845 Farmdale, Tazewell Co., IL Family ID F314 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Elizabeth M. Zehr, b. 12 Apr 1866, Woodford Co., IL , d. 12 Apr 1924, Manson, Calhoun Co., IA (Age 58 years) Married 28 Dec 1886  Children 1. Rosa L. Zehr, b. 4 Mar 1888, d. 29 Aug 1965 (Age 77 years) 2. Martha E. Zehr, b. 12 Nov 1890, d. 31 May 1950 (Age 59 years) 3. Silas P. Zehr, b. 23 Dec 1892, d. 20 Jul 1957 (Age 64 years) 4. Alvin William Zehr, b. 30 May 1896, Manson, Calhoun Co., IA , d. 19 Feb 1982, Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN (Age 85 years) 5. Alma Allison Zehr, b. 12 Aug 1899, d. 8 Oct 1969 (Age 70 years) Last Modified 16 Jun 2010 Family ID F138 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Event Map Born - 21 Apr 1864 - Deer Creek Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Residence - 1897 - Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Died - 7 Feb 1924 - Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Buried - - Manson, Calhoun Co., IA = Link to Google Earth
Zehr. - Bro. David D. Zehr was born at Deer Creek, Ill., April 4, 1864; died Feb. 7, 1924; aged 59 y. 9 m. 16 d. He died of injuries sustained in a railroad accident. He lived in the neighborhood of his birthplace until manhood. On Dec. 28, 1886, he was married to Lizzie, daughter of Andrew and Magdalena Zehr. He lived in Fisher, Ill., 2 years and at Flanagan, Ill., 6 years. In the spring of 1897 he moved with his family to Manson, Iowa, where he resided until God called him. Those who remain of his family are his wife and five children as follows: Martha E., Mrs. Rosa Roth, Silas P. Zehr, Alvin W. Zehr (who is suffering from the effects of the accident, but is doing nicely at present), and Anna L., wife of Clyde Garber, all residing in this vicinity. The following brothers and sisters survive: Elizabeth, wife of C. W. Heisey, Mary, wife of Joseph Baecher, Phoebe, wife of Christian Zehr, Daniel Zehr, and Samuel Zehr. He united with the Mennonite Church in his early youth and in his early manhood was much interested in Sunday school and church work. He was of the number who helped to organize the Sunday School at Fisher, Ill., and served as superintendent while living there. He was among the first ones to move to this neighborhood and was active in the organization of this congregation. He was the second ordained minister in this congregation and was ordained May 19, 1902, and ordained to the office of bishop May 16, 1909, serving as minister 22 years and as bishop 15 years. The last few weeks of his earthly life he would say about every night, "I wish Jesus would come." Just before he left his home on the night of the accident he was reading in our church paper, and said, "I wish I were well so I could go and do more or could get the young people together so they could do more." Funeral services were held at the Manson Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. J. W. Hess. Text, II Cor. 5:1. There were about 500 people present who had come to pay their last tribute of respect to our departed brother. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
An ordained minister, David helped his brother, Peter, organize the first Sunday School at East Bend Mennonite Church and became the first Sunday School Superintendent. Then he moved to Flanagan, IL, and later to Manson, IA.