Dr. Wesley's Story

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Dr. Wesley Jay Zehr, 88, was born July 24, 1928, in Foosland, Illinois, one of eight children of the Rev. Harold and Alma (Unzicker) Zehr. He died July 7 at his home in Goshen.
Jay graduated from Rantoul High School in Illinois 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 has been 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, Goshen, Brian (Kyla) Zehr, Fort Wayne, and Jeff (Lana) Zehr, Inman, South Carolina; seven grandchildren, Darla (Steve) Schrock, Phoenix, Arizona, Amy (Jenna) Richie Zehr, Indianapolis, Evan, Erin and Andrew Zehr, all of Fort Wayne, Lindsey (Jake) Adams, Greenville, South Carolina, and Allison Zehr, Inman, South Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Samuel Schrock, Nadia Schrock and Sommer Adams; brothers, John Zehr, Urbana, Illinois, and Allen Zehr, Bedford; sisters, Hazel Yoder, Normal, Illinois, and Lila King, 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 Friday, July 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. 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 his cremated remains will be scattered in the College Mennonite Church Memorial Garden prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be given to College Mennonite Church Encircling Fund or Heifer International.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 11, 2017
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