Clair J. Zehner | 1932 - 2013 | Obituary

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Clair J. Zehner

Born: April 26, 1932
Died: July 27, 2013

U.S. VeteranClair J. Zehner, 81, of Rock Glen Road, Black Creek Township, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born April 26, 1932, in Sugarloaf, he was a son of the late Warren F. and Mildred (Ansbach) Zehner.

Mr. Zehner graduated from Rock Glen High School. In 1954 he joined the US Air Force and served with the 7244th Material Squadron as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist.

He served two tours of duty overseas and while stationed at Dhahran Airfield in Saudi Arabia, he was chosen Airman of the Month. He also received the National Defense Service Award and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged in 1962 at the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Following his military service, Clair was a farmer, then a semi-owner/operator. He retired as a supervisor of Valley Seeding Company, Sugarloaf.

Outside of work, Clair was a member of the Black Creek United Methodist Church, Sugarloaf. He also enjoyed going to Ocean City, Maryland, as well as doing outdoor work—especially gardening.

Clair is preceded in death by five brothers: Daniel, Fred, Benjamin, Wright, and Carl; as well as three sisters: Joyce Zehner, Alma Hartranft, and Evelyn Wagner.

Surviving is his wife of fifty-three years, Donna (Kelchner) Zehner, to whom he wed on June 4, 1960; two sons: Scott D. Zehner, of Little Meadows, PA, Robert C. Zehner and his wife Julie, of Zions Grove; one daughter: Kimberly Fitzgerald and her husband Daniel, of Hagerstown, MD; and three sisters: Betty Dietrich, of Sugarloaf, Dorothy Gerhard, of Weatherly, and Virginia Shank and her husband Carson, of Rock Glen. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Katelyn Fitzgerald, Emily Fitzgerald, Jessica Fitzgerald, Carolyn Zehner and Nicholas Herrold as well as one great-grandson: Treyvon Fitzgerald.

A visitation will be held on Monday, July 29, 2013, from 6-8:00pm at the Mayo Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Chestnut Street, Berwick. Funeral services will begin at 11:00am on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Briar Creek Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Clair at 301 Grant Street, Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or at

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