Lee Allen Erhard

August 19, 1951 ‒ June 26, 2008

Bellville, Ohio

Lee Allen Erhard, age 56, of Bellville, died on Thursday evening, June 26, 2008, at his residence following a lifelong battle with numerous illnesses.

He was born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, on August 19, 1951, the son of Lorna (Erhard) and Charles Neff. Lee graduated from the West Branch Area High School in the Class of 1969, and later graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

An extremely hard worker, Lee began working for the Bureau of Mines in Pennsylvania as a mining engineer. During his time in the mines, he wrote numerous mining publications and developed many inventions, such as underground lighting. For the last five years he was able to work, Lee worked at AK Steel in Mansfield as a shift supervisor.

On June 2, 1980, Lee married his loving wife of over twenty eight years, Kyra Blevins Erhard. Together they moved to Bellville in 2000, after living in numerous coal mining towns throughout the east coast. To Kyra, he was her “knight in white shining armor” who loved her so much he never even raised his voice at her.

He was a member of the Penn State University Alumni Club and was a lifelong member of the Forest Baptist Church in Windburne, PA. He also volunteered for more than eight years with his wife Kyra with the 84 Youth Baseball League where they coached numerous ball teams.

In the rare moments when Lee was not at work, he enjoyed motorcycle riding, reading fictional novels by his favorite authors, and Sudoku puzzles.

An avid gardener, Lee was most proud of his 20 to 25 rose bushes that produced roses of all colors.

Including his wife, Kyra, he will be missed by his sons: Frank (April) Erhard of North Woodbury, Kyle Erhard of Bellville, and Erick Erhard of Mansfield; two grandsons: Brayden and Gavin Erhard; one brother, Dale Neff of Pennsylvania; and a sister Jo Ellen Neef of Windburne, PA.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the family or to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 S. Street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.