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Donald Zehr

FLANAGAN — Donald J. Zehr, 90, of Flanagan, formerly of Gridley, passed away at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday (March 14, 2017) at Flanagan Rehabilitation & Health Care.

His funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Prairieview Mennonite Church, Gridley, with the Rev. Doug Hicks officiating. Burial will follow at Waldo Township Cemetery, rural Gridley. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church family life center and one hour prior to the service Monday. Memorials may be made to Mennonite Central Committee or to the church. Calvert-Johnson and Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, is assisting the family with services.

Donald was born Jan. 25, 1927, in Gridley, the son of Edward and Louella Bertsche Zehr.

Surviving are brothers, Howard (Loretta) Zehr, Gridley; Orlyn (Jan) Zehr and Marvin (Jeannie) Zehr, both of Newton, Kan.; sisters, Leola Flaming, Inman, Kan.; Marilyn Yordy, Flanagan; and Miriam (Robert) Liechty, Berne, Ind.; nieces and nephews, Dr. Edward (Mary) Liechty, Dr. Dan (Naomi) Liechty, Mary (Peter) Graber, Marti (Paul) Conrad, Margaret (Phillip) Sprunger, Janet (Philip) Martens, John (Lorene) Flaming, Bill (Amy) Flaming, Russell Flaming, Carol (Rick) Hancock, Cindy Ervin, Jay (Sandi) Zehr, Thomas (Sherry) Zehr, Donna (Steve) Ringger, David (Mary) Zehr, Mike (Connie) Yordy, Vicky (Jim) Kirkton, Kenny (Karen) Yordy, Phil (Terry) Yordy, Beth (Jerry) Ripley, Kerry Zehr, Kim Zehr, Larry (Kelley) Zehr, Sharon (David Learned) Zehr, Mark (Amy) Zehr and Karen Zehr; and several great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Edmund; one sister, Evelyn; and two brothers-in-law, Vernon Flaming and E.J. Yordy.

He was a former member of the Flanagan Mennonite Church and more recently a member of Prairieview Mennonite Church of Gridley where he served as trustee and as an usher. He was known as the "Candyman." He retired from Heinold Hog Market in Gridley and also had various other jobs through the years at State Farm, Barker Motor Co., Pontiac Pellet Co., Eureka Milling Co. and Hart-Carter Co. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed playing golf.

The family would like to acknowledge the love and care that Flanagan Rehabilitation & Health Care staff gave Donald during these past few months.

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