|Donald J. Zehner Sr.
June 21, 1936 – March 13, 2020
We are living through a unique time with dealing with the Coronavirus and trying to plan for the funeral service and gathering of family
and friends (visitation). As we are not able to have regular visitation, we very much want to have time with you. If you are interested in
having a short interaction with Ruth and her family, we would like to schedule a video call with you. Please click on the link below to
schedule a time with us over the next few days (Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday).
We are planning on having a “Celebration of Life” on his birthday – targeting 6/21/2020 in Monterey. At this time, please feel free to
click on the link above and schedule a short call with Ruth and her family.
The Zehner family
Donald J Zehner Sr., 83, of Monterey passed away peacefully Friday, March 13, 2020, at Advent Hospital in Sebring,
He was born June 21, 1936, in Monterey to August and Anna (Shorter) Zehner. He lived his entire life in the
Monterey community. He was married July 27, 1957, to Ruth Keller at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Monterey. Don
attended Holy Family School through the 8th grade, followed by Monterey public school, graduating from Monterey
High School in 1954. Following graduation, he worked at the Culver Military Academy and Studebakers in South
Bend, Indiana. Don and Ruth owned and operated Zehner Service Center for 41 years. Since 1970 Don and Ruth
have owned and operated a Mobile Home Park in Monterey.
Don was a devoted husband and father, a wonderful grandpa, brother and friend. He was a lifelong member of St.
Anne's Catholic Church. He was a past member of the Lions Club and a Volunteer Fireman for the Monterey Fire
Department. Don had a very generous heart and was always willing to help those in need. Don enjoyed the
challenge of fixing anything that was broken. After retirement, Don and Ruth spent winters in Avon Park, Florida.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth; his children, Don (Pam) Zehner of Logansport, Greg (Mary)
Zehner of Monterey, August (Kathy) Zehner of Anderson, Sharon (Larry) Yelaska of Walkerton, and son-in-law Linn
Reynolds of Winamac; Grandchildren, Arin (Shawn), Jordan ( Danny), Lauren (Lukas), Peyton, Bryan, Heather (Phil),
Erik, Tiffany (Jordan), Bryce, Gwen (Jake), Donna, Jill, Nick, Sarah (Eric), Zack (Shelli), Katie, Brett, Jessie, Kelsey,
and Nita; great-grandchildren Mason, Gavin, Ashton, Genevieve, Bernard, Evelyn, Margaret, Claire, Ezekiel, and
Eloise; sister Mary (Joe) Penska, and sister-in-law Delores Zehner and many nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bob and Jim, sister Sue, daughter Beth and grandson Ben.
A private Catholic service will take place at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Monterey, with immediate family
due to current coronavirus requirements.
A memorial service will take place in June.
Memorial contributions in Don’s memory can be made to St. Anne’s Church in Monterey, IN or the
American Lung Association for COPD research.
Condolences can be sent to Ruth Zehner P.O. Box 5, Monterey, IN 46960.