August 12, 1930 to October 24, 2014
NEW BREMEN – Robert L. “Boomer” Zehr, 84, of State Route 812, passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 at Lewis County General Hospital.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014 at First Mennonite Church, New Bremen with Bruce Chartrand, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in First Mennonite Church Cemetery. A prayer service with Military Honors will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, prior to the funeral service. Calling hours are from 4 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at funeral home. Contributions may be made to First Mennonite Church, 8383 NYS Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367; or to Lewis County Memorial VFW Post 6912, 7784 West State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Arletha; his children, Lynn R. Zehr and his fiance, Sandy Eaves of New Bremen; Jill and Reginald Hoch of Lowville; Lisa and Lynn Lee of New Bremen; Jack and Roberta Zehr of New Bremen; four grandchildren, Patrick and Jennifer, Brooke and Sloane; three great-grandchildren, Nolan and Lane Roes, and Mason Lee; a brother-in-law, Gordon Gingerich of Florida; an aunt, Pearl Lehman Hirschey Farney; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by two sisters, Loretta Gingerich and Audrey West; a brother, Wilson Zehr; a step-sister, Velma Grau Farney; and his step-father, Russell Grau.
Robert was born on August 12, 1930 in the Town of New Bremen, NY, a son of the late Reuben Zehr and Marion Lehman Zehr Grau. He graduated from Beaver River Central School, and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea from 1948 until 1952. For his service, Mr. Zehr received the Army of Occupation Medal, the Japan Bronze Star Medal, Device with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, and the United Nations Service Medal. On August 2, 1953, he married Arletha M. Archer at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lowville with Monsignor Hogan officiating.
After his service, Mr. Zehr worked for his father as an electrician, for Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper, and operated Zehr Electric in New Bremen. Robert worked for DuFlo Spraying as a flagman, and for other companies, before operating his own trucking and excavating business until his retirement in 1991. He was a private pilot.
Mr. Zehr was a member of First Mennonite Church, New Bremen. He was a member of Beaver River Memorial Post #1663, American Legion, Croghan, and Lewis County Memorial VFW Post #6912, Lowville. Robert was a member of the Lewis County Citizen’s Patrol, and an honorary member of the New Bremen Fire Department.
Robert enjoyed camping, Blue Grass festivals, hunting, and playing the guitar and banjo. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com