Clifford J. Zehr, Sr., 86, of Copenhagen


Copenhagen – Clifford J. Zehr, Sr., 86, formerly of Mechanic Street, died early Monday, November 18, 2013 at Country Manor Nursing Home, Carthage.

The funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Naumburg Mennonite Church with Titus Mast, Pastor, Myron Roggie, Pastor, and Elmer Moser, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Croghan Mennonite Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the church.

Contributions may be made to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Geraldine; 11 children and their spouses, Wayne and Donna Zehr of Copenhagen, Marvin and Linda Zehr of Carthage, Clifford, Jr. and Cynthia Zehr of Silver Lake, IN, Henry and Sherry Zehr of Warsaw, IN, John and Sheila Zehr of Beaver Falls, Mervin and Maureen Zehr of Lowville, Glenn and Cheryl Zehr of Lowville, NY, Merle and Kristy Zehr of York Springs, PA, Jerry and Mary Margaret Zehr of Watertown, Annette and Peter Lehman of Copenhagen, Eleanor and Kent Widrick of Beaver Falls; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Henry Zehr of Lowville, Sherwood and  Linda Zehr of Black River; five sisters, Rosella Thompson of Lowville, Estella Yancey of Sarasota, FL, Grace Steria of San Diego, CA, Rachael Widrick of Lowville, Florence Lehman of New Bremen; a sister-in-law, Janet Zehr of Croghan; 32 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by a son, Keith Zehr, who died September 23, 1967; by two granddaughters, Alyssa Zehr and Kailey Zehr; a brother, Gilbert Zehr, who died July 20, 2012; and a sister, Eleanor Zehr, who died in infancy.

Mr. Zehr was born in Croghan, NY on July 28, 1927, a son of the late David and Veronica Widrick Zehr. He attended rural school at Belfort. On October 19, 1949, he married Geraldine Gingerich at the Lowville Mennonite Church, with Rev. Lloyd Boshart, officiating.

Mr. Zehr took over the family farm on the Old Watertown Road in 1956. Together with his wife, the couple owned and operated the dairy farm until 1986, when they sold the farm to their son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Donna Zehr.

After retiring from the farm, Mr. Zehr worked for Stebbins Engineering in Watertown for three years, and worked part-time for the Northern New York Farmer’s Market in Lowville.  He was a 16 year member of Copenhagen Central School Board of Education. 

Mr. Zehr was a member of Naumburg Mennonite Church.  He enjoyed camping and traveling.

Condolences may be made online at

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