Michael J. Lehman
Michael J. Lehman, 73, of Fort Wayne, native of Berne, passed away on Monday, October 22, 2012 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was born on February 10, 1939 to Edgar and Inez (Habegger) Lehman. He was married on October 4, 1959 to Donna Lehmann.
He served in the US Army Reserves. He was a member of the Fort Wayne Maplewood Mennonite Church, where he was a founding member of the church. He also was on the committee which started the nursery school. He graduated from Purdue University and was a project engineer for International Harvester/Navistar for over 40 years. He was an innovative engineer who was awarded five patents for inventing various truck systems. He was co-president for the Parkinsons Support Group and was a volunteer Santa Claus at the Fort Wayne Development Center for over 20 years. He was a member of the Swiss Heritage Society and Berne American Legion Post #468 for 29 years. He was an avid sports and racing fan. Above all, he enjoyed following his grandchildren's activities.
He is survived by his daughter, Pamela (George) Pulliam of Cumming, Georgia; two sons, Carl Lehman of Fort Wayne; and Bruce (Tina) Lehman of Woodburn; sister, Gretchen (Claude) Oxendine of Rockledge, Florida; four grandchildren; one step-grandson; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife.
Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26 at the Maplewood Mennonite Church in Fort Wayne and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 27 at the First Mennonite Church Chapel in Berne. Officiating will be Pastor Barry Schmell. Burial will take place at the MRE Cemetery in Berne.
Graveside military rites will be provided by American Legion Post #468.
Memorials may be made to the Maplewood Mennonite Church and the C.D.C. (Berne Clock Tower).
Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guest book online at yagerkirchhofer.com.