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Wesley Jay Zehr b. 24 Jul 1928 d. 7 Jul 2017 Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Wesley Jay Zehr[1]

Male 1928 - 2017  (88 years)

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  • Name Wesley Jay Zehr  [2
    Born 24 Jul 1928 
    Gender Male 
    • Ashes scattered: College Mennonite Church
    Occupation Veterinarian 
    Religion Mennonite 
    Died 7 Jul 2017  Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • at home
    Person ID I3919  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 26 May 2019 

    Father Harold A. Zehr,   b. 15 Oct 1903, Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1975  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother 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  [4
    Family ID F836  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Carolyn Sommer,   b. 17 May 1931,   d. Abt 2012  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 21 Dec 1951  Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Eric Jay Zehr
     2. Brian Patrick Zehr
     3. Jeffry Stuart Zehr
    Last Modified 8 May 2001 
    Family ID F2763  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Dec 1951 - Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Jul 2017 - Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit:

      GOSHEN — Dr. Wesley Jay Zehr, 88, of Goshen, was born July 24, 1928, in Foosland, Illinois, one of eight children of the Rev. Harold and Alma (Unzicker) Zehr. He died Friday, July 7, 2017, at his home.

      Jay graduated from Rantoul (Ill.) High School and attended Goshen College. He earned his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois.

      He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Zehr. They were married Dec. 21, 1952. Jay was a member of College Mennonite Church since 1960.

      Jay was raised on a central Illinois farm and as a youth discovered an interest in veterinary medicine, eventually choosing that career. 

      He was a veterinarian for Goshen Animal Clinic in the early 1960s before joining the Milford Small Animal Clinic where he also performed diagnostics for local poultry farms. He retired in 1992.

      Jay remained proud of his farming heritage throughout his life and was committed to preserving family history. He dedicated many hours compiling documents and photographs, leaving a legacy for his family’s future generations.

      He was an avid woodworker and spent much of retirement creating treasures for family members, including a cradle made from a walnut tree from Carolyn’s homestead. Every grandchild and great-grandchild has slept in the cradle.

      Jay was a Cubs fan and especially enjoyed watching the games in his later years.

      He is survived by sons Eric (Luisa) Zehr of Goshen, Brian (Kyla) Zehr of Fort Wayne and Jeff (Lana) Zehr of Inman, South Carolina; seven grandchildren, Darla (Steve) Schrock of Phoenix, Arizona, Amy (Jenna) Richie Zehr of Indianapolis, Evan, Erin and Andrew Zehr of Fort Wayne, Lindsey (Jake) Adams of Greenville, South Carolina, and Allison Zehr of Inman, South Carolina.; three great-grandchildren, Samuel Schrock, Nadia Schrock and Sommer Adams; brothers John Zehr of Urbana, Illinois and Allen Zehr of Bedford; sisters Hazel Yoder of Normal, Illinois and Lila King of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

      He was preceded in death by a brother, Dean Zehr, sisters Edith Zehr and Rachel Zehr and stepmother Ruth Zehr.

      Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017 in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church. A 5 p.m. memorial service will be conducted in the sanctuary. Pastors Ron Kennel and Pamela Yoder will officiate.

      Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and cremated remains will be scattered in the College Mennonite Church Memorial Garden prior to the service.

      Memorials may be given to College Mennonite Church Encircling Fund or Heifer International. [5]

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

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

    3. [S1060] Find-A-Grave,

    4. [S11] Obituaries of Individuals.

    5. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https:&|;&|;|;memorial&|;181329459&|;wesley-jay-zehr.

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