MOORE — James Marlin Zenger, 91, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Blanchard, died Friday, July 8, 2016, in Oklahoma City. The son of Henry Zenger and Lessie (Smith) Zenger, he was born on April 27, 1925, in Lookeba, Oklahoma. James married Velma Pauline Becker on September 1, 1945, in Aline, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in 1950 in Rolla, Kansas.  

He was a member of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Throughout his ministry, he pastored churches in both Kansas and Oklahoma and served as Superintendent of the Kansas Conference for over 20 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed studying the Bible, carpentry, and gardening. His greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Betty Hardesty; and an infant daughter; one sister, Maxine Coker; and one brother, Johnny Zenger.

James is survived by his wife of nearly 71 years, Velma Zenger of Oklahoma City; three daughters, Sharon Lauzet of Okarche, Janet Hooks and husband, Wallace, of Edmond, and Helen McDowell and husband, Lee, of Blanchard; one son, James “Jim” M. Zenger, Jr. and wife, Rita, of Briscoe, Texas; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mae Ingram of Checotah; and many other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Southgate Pentecostal Holiness Church, 206 South Janeway Avenue, Moore, Oklahoma. Interment will follow in the Blanchard Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southwestern Christian University, P.O. Box 340, Bethany, OK 73008.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard.  Online obituary and guestbook are available at