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Services set for Thomas Zehner

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Thomas F. Zehner, 84, of LaPorte, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at his home.

He was born May 28, 1925, in Bruce, Wis., the son of Benjamin F. and Euphemia (Coey) Zehner, who preceded him in death.

On Feb. 1, 1947, in Baltimore, Md., he married Catherine (Seitz) Zehner, who survives.

He is also survived by five daughters, Judy (Glenn) Sconce of LaPorte, Linda (James) Freels of Mission, Texas, Myra (Michael) Lalic of Crown Point, Kay (Tom) Harper of Port Orange, Fla., and Janet (Mark) Robbins of Buckeye, Ariz.; a sister, Kay Johnson of California; a brother, Carl Zehner of Idaho; seven grandchildren, Jimmy (Anita), Robyn, Terri (Philip), Wendy, Lisa, Eric, and Geoffrey; and three great-grandchildren, Emily, Bryce, and Evan.

He was preceded in death by a brother, George.

Mr. Zehner served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, in Okinawa and in Normandy on D-Day, and was proud to have witnessed the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima and to have served aboard the USS Texas and USS Nevada. For 10 years he volunteered at the Great Lakes Museum of Military History in Michigan City. He worked at J.L. Manta Company in Chicago for 25 years, retiring in 1987, was a member of Local 460, and belonged to American Legion Post 451.

A memorial mass is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Otis. Cremation has taken place. Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory in LaPorte is caring for arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Great Lakes Museum of Military History, 360 Dunes Plaza, Michigan City, IN 46360.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Posted 12/3/2009