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Carl F. Zehnder

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Carl F. Zehnder died Jan. 11, 2010 at the Bethany Lutheran Retirement Home in Lindsborg, Kan. Carl was born April 27, 1914, to Emil and Frieda Zehnder in Battle Creek, the second youngest of eight siblings. He moved to Terril when he was five years old and grew up on two farms near Terril. He was a graduate of Buena Vista College (University) at Storm Lake, and began a long coaching career at Thompson, Iowa, in 1936. In Thompson, he met June Peckham whom he married on April 17, 1938. She preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 2007. Carl coached football, track and basketball over the next 30 years at high schools in Marcus, Sioux Rapids, and Rock Rapids. To this marriage were born three children, Charles in 1941, Susan in 1943 and Jon in 1953.

Zehnder was a naval officer during World War II in the Pacific theater where he transported troops and supplies aboard LSM 95 during the "island hopping" toward Japan and was present in Tokyo Bay during the signing of the surrender by Japan.

He is survived by all three of his children, Charles of Branson, Mo., Susan Vinson of Rock Rapids, and Jon of Lindsborg, Kan.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, three nephews, Duane Milton (Dickens), Eugene Heiman (Northridge, Calif.), Delbert Zehnder (Fertile) and 4 nieces, Elaine Sorenson (Spencer), Arleen Hultman (Cherokee), Carolyn Beck (Des Moines) and Mary Nelson (Terril).