Donald J. Zehner Sr.

June 21, 1936 — March 13, 2020

Donald J. Zehner Sr., 83, of Monterey, passed away peacefully Friday, March 13, at Advent Hospital in Sebring, Florida.

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 eighth 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. 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 Volunteer 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; 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, or the American Lung Association for COPD research. 

Condolences can be made online at or to Ruth Zehner at P.O. Box 5, Monterey, IN 46960.

(Pulaski County Journal — March 18, 2020)

Pulaski County Journal

114 W. Main Street
Winamac, IN 46996

Office Number: (574) 946-6628
Fax Number: (574) 946-7471

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