Thomas E. Lehman
July 07, 1931 ‒ April 24, 2011
BELLVILLE: Tom Lehman wasn’t “one of the first” men hired on at the GM plant in Ontario – He was the very first! Tom held time clock card number 1, and worked as a security guard for 25 years with the local stamping plant.
Tom worked elsewhere as a security guard, and operated his own painting business for a while, but his work on earth is complete. He went to be with the Lord Easter Sunday morning April 24, 2011 from MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. He was 79.
Born Thomas Elwood Lehman on July 7, 1931 in Shelby, to Maurice C. and Ada B. (Wolfe) Lehman, he was graduated from Shelby High School. He attended Morehead State University, and served with the U.S. Naval Reserves for eight years, during the Korean War.
Though his vocation and military service were important, Tom was all about Church and Family. He was a member of Berean Baptist Church, the church’s Men’s Class, and served the church as a greeter. He was a member of American Legion Post #535 and Korean War Veterans Association.
Remembered for his constant smile and weird sense of humor, Tom preferred to be outdoors, unless the inside activities included a couple hands of euchre.
He is survived by his wife Patricia A. (Balliett) Crupper Lehman, whom he married April 28, 2004; daughters Kim (Terry) Bender and Terri (Terry) Haas all of Canton; several stepchildren including Cheryl Flynn, Robert Crupper, Jr. and Michielle LaCroix all of Bellville; numerous grandchildren and step grandchildren; a sister Maureen King of Clayton, NC; a brother Lynn Lehman of New Port Richey, FL; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a previous wife Anna Joleen Lehman in 2003; a brother Richard Dean Lehman, a sister Jacquelyn Gamble; a sister-in-law Jean Lehman; a stepson and step grandchild.
His family will receive friends Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Pastor Jim Berry will officiate. Private interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby.
Contributions in Tom’s memory to the Men’s Class of Berean Baptist Church may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Tom Lehman, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com