Donald E. “Don” Lehner

October 31, 1928 ‒ June 04, 2006

Carthage, Texas, and formerly Chesterville, Ohio

Donald E. “Don” Lehner, age 77, of Carthage, Texas, and formerly of Chesterville, died on Sunday afternoon, June 4, 2006, at the Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was born in Marion County, Ohio, on October 31, 1928, the son of the late Lewis and Nellie (Dodrill) Lehner. Don was a graduate of the Johnsville High School in the Class of 1948.

Following graduation, Don enlisted into the U.S. Navy, a veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served his country from 1950 to 1954, aboard the “USS Leyte.”

On June 17, 1955, Donald married his loving wife of almost 51 years, Delores (Blue) Lehner, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Together they lived in the Chesterville area until 1977, when they moved to Carthage, Texas for his work.

Don worked for Peabody Manufacturing in Galion for 21 years as a plant machinist, and for Texas Utilities for 14 years, until his retirement in 1992.

Don was a member of the Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Cardington and a life member of the V.F.W. Post #8054 in Mount Gilead, where he also served as a past commander.

Holding a special place in their hearts, Don and Delores continued returning to Morrow County to spend up to 6 months of the year at Hidden Lakes in Mount Gilead. They also enjoyed traveling across the U.S. whenever possible.

An avid genealogist, Don enjoyed researching his family’s history. He also dabbled in gardening, growing a little bit of everything in his vegetable garden.

Don will be remembered for his devotion to his family and his enduring spirit.

In addition to his wife, Donald will be missed by his three daughters Debora (Steve) Lewis of Marengo, Ohio, Doreen Lehner of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Deanne Lehner of Huntsville, Texas; 6 grandchildren Michael, Kevin and Nathan Lewis, Carly, Joshua and Jeremy Anderson; 2 great-grandchildren Kaymi and Noah; and a sister Velma Johnson of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The family will greet friends on Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 South Main Street, Mount Gilead. Calling hours also be held on Saturday from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 336 West Main Street, Cardington, where funeral services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Ed Wahl officiating. Burial with military honors by V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will be held at Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead.

If desired, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 336 W. Main St., Cardington, Ohio 43315, or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus, Ohio 43218.

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