Meadville Tribune

April 2, 2013

Dr. Luther Roland Zehner

Meadville Tribune


Dr. Luther Roland Zehner, 90, of 31 N. Park Ave., Meadville, formerly of 889 Maple Lane, Meadville, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community.

Dr. Luther was born in Reading on Feb. 21, 1923, a son of the late Adam A. and Isabella Zeigler Zehner. On Aug. 17, 1949, Dr. Zehner married Frances Joan Townsend; she preceded him in death on Feb. 3, 2009.

He had been a member of First Christian Church, Meadville.

A graduate of Juanita College, Dr. Zehner went on to receive his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical School. He completed his surgical residency at Harrisburg Hospital. Dr. Zehner served three years in the Indian Service, serving as a physician on Fort Yates Reservation in North Dakota as well as on Fort Defiance Reservation in Arizona. He learned to speak the Lakota Sioux language and in 1952 Dr. and Mrs. Zehner were adopted into the Lakota Tribe. In 1956 they moved to Meadville, where Dr. Zehner set up medical practice with an office on Diamond Park. Dr. Zehner had a passion for his vocation and he had a life-long love of Native American culture.

Dr. Zehner is survived by a daughter, Gail Martin and her husband, Larry, of Charlotte, N.C., their three children Kyrie, Chandler and Cody; and four nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Frances, of 59 years, Dr. Zehner was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Richard Zehner; and a sister, Dr. Kathryn Zehner.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Darrell Greenawalt, pastor of Saegertown United Methodist Church, officiating.

A private interment will be held in Greendale Cemetery, West Mead Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wesbury Foundation, 31 N. Park Ave., Meadville, Pa. 16335.

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