Jay Dee “Coach” Zehr was born on February 29, 1932 to Samuel Alph and Mary Ann (Sacket) Zehr in Hardtner, Kan. He passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the age of 81.
Jay Dee grew up in northwest Oklahoma. He graduated from Alva High School in 1952. After graduation, Jay Dee joined the US Navy. During his four year enlistment he served in Guam, aboard the USS Consolation and aboard the USS Toledo. Jay Dee ran track and played basketball during his years of service. After his honorable discharge he married Peggy J. Cooper on May 31, 1956 in Torrance, Calif. The couple then returned to Alva where Jay Dee attended NWOSU on the G.I. bill. While furthering his education Jay Dee held three part time jobs, had four children, ran track and held an 880 yard record for some time. He was a member of the NWOSU track team that won Conference Championships from 1957-1959.
In 1960 Jay Dee began his 32 year teaching and coaching career that took him to Lucas, Bunkerhill, Maize, Ingalls, Protection, and Spearville, Kan. and then to Carmen-Dacoma, Cyril, Hydro, Pond Creek-Hunter, Dover, Boise City and Crescent, Okla. His successful coaching career awarded him All State Basketball Coach in 1987 and two time Region I Coach of the Year. Jay Dee retired in 1992.
Jay Dee stayed very active after his retirement holding numerous part time positions. He especially enjoyed running the Ft. Cobb Lake marina. He and Peggy recently settled in Hinton. Jay Dee was very supportive of his children and grandchildren, attending as many sporting events as possible. He was a former member of Oklahoma Education Association, and a current member of Oklahoma Retired Teacher Association and Oklahoma Coaches Association.
Jay Dee is survived by wife Peggy of the home in Hinton, Okla.; nine children, Jodie Zehr Hall of Woodward, Okla., Joel Zehr and wife Judy of Weatherford, Okla., JaDena Hansen and husband Terry of Hinton, Okla., Janell Hart and husband Kelvin of Hydro, Okla., Jay Zehr and wife Angie of Copeland, Kan., Jamin Hinds and husband Larry of Keyes, Okla., Jeffrey Zerh and wife Shawnda of Norman, Okla., Jill Talley of Newcastle, Okla., and Jayna Sloan and husband Jim of Kohler, Wisc.; 27 grandchildren, Jennifer Sabedra and husband Jon, Joshua Harvey, C.D. Hall, Jordan Zehr, Latesha Margerum and husband Justin, Shane Hansen and wife Kaylyn, Tanner Hansen, Kaci Hansen, Kelis Hart and wife Dustie, Lyndon Hart and wife Tiffany, Jacob Hart, Chesnei Thomas and husband Derrick, Baylei Zehr, Jessica Hinds, Raymond Hinds, Kayla Hinds, Caisen Zehr, Caiden Zehr, Paicer Zehr, Landen Zehr, Kyle Howe, Zachary Howe, Alexia Talley, Tameka Talley, Colton Sloan, Cooper Sloan, and Eli Sloan; 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way, Macey, Dylan, Paisley, Jaxon, Addison, Braden, Duncan, Ryne, Korbin, Rylee and Baby girl Thomas due in June; brother, Dale Zehr and wife Kathy; and sister-in-law. Daile Sacket as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.
Page 2 of 2 - He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Zehr; mother, Mary Ann Zehr Parker; step-father, Ray Parker; siblings, Loren Sacket, Verle Zehr and wife Pauline, and Roger Zehr and wife Alice
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to Jay Dee Zehr Youth Sports Trust c/o Legacy Bank, 101 West Main St., Hinton, OK 73047
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, Hinton, Okla. with Rev. Kyle Kiner officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.