Theron LaRue Lehr, a resident of Irving, Texas since 1954 passed away due to natural causes on October 21, 2012, after 93+ years (34,021 days). He was born on August 30, 1919 in Grandfield, Oklahoma. He was raised primarily in Lubbock, Texas by his two parents, Harry and Nell Lehr, along with two older brothers, John and Dale, all of whom preceded him in death. Theron graduated from Texas Tech University in 1942. He is survived by: his loving wife of almost 63 years, Carlie Rae Lehr; son Lon Lehr (and his wife Mary), son Larry Lehr (and his wife Cindie), and daughter Lori Lehr Hall; grandson Philip Lehr (and his wife Meghan and their sons Connor and Henry), grandson Pierce Lehr (and his wife Megan and their sons Harrison, Bennett, and Charles), granddaughter Katherine Lehr, and grandson Zachary Hall; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and neighbors. Theron was a U S Army veteran of both WWII and the Korean Conflict, ultimately achieving the rank of major. Subsequent to the military, the central chapter of Theron's varied business career was in the perlite industry, focused primarily on lightweight structural concrete. He served as the national president of the Perlite Institute in the 1960s. Throughout his life, Theron was a student of technology, a thinker, and a tinkerer. He enjoyed mechanical and electrical problem solving and built innumerable devices and contraptions. In addition, Theron enjoyed reading, travel, conversation, and practical jokes. Theron was profoundly appreciative for his family, friends, and life experiences. Theron is to be interred at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with a ceremony to be held there on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 2:30PM, and an open reception for family and friends is to follow at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. (For those wishing to attend the service, the National Cemetery asks that attendees be in their cars in Lane C in the assembly area by 2:15PM.)
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Published in Dallas Morning News from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2012