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Richard M. "Dick" Lehman
Richard M. FlagRichard M. "Dick" Lehman, 98 of LaRue, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday February 23, 2024, at Delaware Court Health Care Center.

Richard was born on December 2, 1925, in Canal Winchester, to the late Jacob and Bernice (McElroy) Lehman. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (Corwin) Lehman on December 26, 2001, a brother Robert Lehman and a sister Mary Allen.

He is survived by his sons: Richard Keith Lehman of LaRue, Dan (Diane) Lehman of Richwood, Kevin (Dana) Lehman of Sunbury, Daryl (Kim) Lehman of Bull Shoals, Arkansas and a daughter Cheryl (Ron) Shaffer of Mt. Gilead. grandchildren: Nicole (Brian) Waeltz, Shawna (Travis) Church, Shelly (Jim) Robinson, Troy (Sarah) Lehman and Devin (Rachel) Shaffer, and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Richard met Phyllis at a small restaurant, Mar-O-Del, just outside of Marion, where she was working for her dad and brother.  It is still a mystery why he stopped at this place to get a bite to eat.  Happily, this led the way for them to get married on June 19, 1949, in Richmond, IN by the Reverend J.H. Carnes. They enjoyed 52 years together and created many wonderful memories.

He served in the United States Navy as a Fireman Second Class, during World War ll, on the USS Iowa Battleship, beginning June 18th, 1945, and was honorably discharged on August 7, 1946.

Richard’s farming career began in 1951, near Richwood.  The family moved in 1956 to a dairy farm near LaRue until 1973. He then began working at Asher Lumber and Roofing until he retired at age 75.

He loved to farm, was an avid gardener and God blessed him with the ability to help people fix things. He was always willing to lend a hand to his family and anyone needing help.

Richard was a member of the Richwood First Methodist Church since 1943 (81 years).  He had a strong foundation of Christian values that encompassed how he lived his life.  He was a gentle, quiet soul and had a smile for anyone he met.  He loved talking to anyone about farming, farm equipment, gardening and sports.

Calling hours will be Wednesday February 28, 2024, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Richwood First Methodist Church, burial will follow in the Marion Cemetery, where there will be Military Honors given by the Vietnam Veterans of America #1095.

Memorial gifts in Richard’s name may be made to Richwood First Methodist Church, 18 S. Fulton Street, Richwood, Ohio 43344

The family would like to thank the professionals at Delaware Court Health Care Center and Ohio Health Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.

Remembrances and condolences may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Deb Lawyer
Lyndhurst Ohio
Sun, Feb 25, 2024 at 6:22 PM

Deepest sympathies to the Lehman family. John and I always enjoyed seeing Dick when we had lunch at Diane and Dan’s home. It was always interesting when my late mother Ruby and Dick would reminisce about people, places and events as well as challenging as they were both hard of hearing!  Dick was one of the nicest guys and also very strong in his health challenges.  His family was devoted to him and that must have been a great source of comfort and pride to Dick and I hope to his family as well during this difficult time.

#2 from: Kent & Cathy Lindsay
Los Angeles, California
Sun, Feb 25, 2024 at 8:30 PM

Living in California, we don't have the personal memories of Dick that so many of you had, but we do remember hearing that he was quite the chef!  He was always happy to do his share and make something for family get-togethers.  He was such a humble, quiet guy, you'd never know all of the talents that were lying there, just under the surface.  I think the reason he had such a happy life all of these years, is because his kids really stepped up - visited him, had him over, and generally made him feel wanted and loved.  The ultimate gift in one's senior years!  So, we're sending a big hug and a heartfelt thank you to his loving family!

#3 from: Dean Lindsay
Wilmette IL
Sun, Feb 25, 2024 at 9:55 PM

Carla & I send our love and condolences to Dick’s family. We admired Dick’s kindness and appreciated his happiness when he was with his children & grandchildren. He was a lovely quiet soul. We are happy to be part of his family. —Dean & Carla Lindsay Wilmette IL

#4 from: Ron and Linda (McNew) Nelson
Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 1:24 AM

To the Lehman Family, Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Dick. The Ron Nelson Family

#5 from: Tom and Ruby Gwynn
Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 7:23 AM

Dan and Diane, you have our heartfelt sympathy. May you rely on your beliefs in Jesus to get you through these difficult times. Tom and Ruby

#6 from: Susan J Fox
Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 4:08 PM

Dan and Diane, My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. With my deepest sympathy, Susan Fox

#7 from: Dave Miller
Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 5:50 PM

Kevin, I am sorry for your father's passing. I am sure he was as proud of you as you were of him. Best to your family. Dave Miller

#8 from: Ken & Teresa Parks
Galena, Ohio
Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 6:16 PM

Kevin, Dana, and families, We are saddened to hear of Kevin‘s dad‘s passing. Sending our sympathies and love.

#9 from: Ned & Terry Bumgarner
Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 7:15 PM

Keith, Dan & Family… Sorry to hear of the passing of your father.  Sending thoughts and prayers. Ned & Terry

#10 from: Marsha Armstrong
Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 9:02 PM

Uncle Dick was a sweet soul. Always a smile and good word. I have many memories of him on their farm. I remember watching him in the dairy barn working with his boys. Quite a deal for a city girl. And pony rides. Prayers for his family.

#11 from: Rebecca (Price) Miller and family
Galion OH
Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 11:26 PM

Dan & Diane, Kevin & Dana and the Lehman family.  I’m saddened by the passing of Dick. Please know you’re in my thoughts and I hope your memories of earlier, happy times will bring you peace.  

#12 from: William Gilbert sr
Kenton ohio
Tue, Feb 27, 2024 at 8:31 AM

Sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to all your family ,rest in peace Dick.

#13 from: Robin  Lenox
Tue, Feb 27, 2024 at 9:28 AM

Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family. Robin & Stu Lenox & Eileen Apt

#14 from: William Ballinger
Clio, CA
Tue, Feb 27, 2024 at 6:44 PM

Keith and Danny…I’ll always remember your Dad’s smile, laugh and his massive biceps. You guys were very fortunate to have him in your lives for such a long time. 98!! Thinking of you. ‘Hope you two are healthy and happy.

#15 from: Brian E Napper
Wed, Feb 28, 2024 at 6:21 AM

May GOD give you comfort today and forever.

#16 from: Jeanie & Lauren Park
LaRue, Ohio
Wed, Feb 28, 2024 at 2:13 PM

We extend our deepest sympathies in the lose of your fathe! He was certainly an example of a life well lived for Jesus! His life is a legacy and an inspiration to many! May you find comfort & strength it many wonderful memories and know that you will see him again in heaven! God bless you. Jeanie and Lauren Park

#17 from: Merry Northrup Smith
Wed, Feb 28, 2024 at 9:24 PM

Dick always greeted me with a smile and a firm handshake at church on Sunday mornings.  He was a faithful and dedicated parishioner.  Such a sweet man who will be missed. My sincere condolences to the Lehman family.

#18 from: Pat & Jim Hahn
Bradenton FL
Wed, Feb 28, 2024 at 10:58 PM

Dear Kevin, Dana, & family, our hearts ache for the loss as you’re feeling in your life. At this time, we pray for God’s blessing, comfort, and healing for each of you. Pat and Jim Hahn

#19 from: Brent Harper
Wed, Feb 28, 2024 at 11:16 PM

On Behalf of the Kearns and Harper family, I’d like to extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Lehman Family at this difficult time! Dick, was a Kind Man and raised a great family. Please know are thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Your Life Long Friend Brent Harper and Family

#20 from: Dave Oman
Lake Wylie, SC
Sun, Mar 10, 2024 at 7:50 PM

Cheryl, Daryl, This is Dave Oman from 1st UMC Sunday School/Church. I saw your father's obituary in the Richwood Gazette and wanted to express my sympathy on the loss of your father. I recall him and your mother at services and special events. I know they are sorely missed. Best wishes as you continue on without him. Sincerely, Dave Oman

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