John H. "Jack" Lehman
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MOUNT GILEAD: John H. "Jack" Lehman passed away Saturday evening, January 12, 2013 following a long illness. He was 76.
Jack was born in Richland County April 6, 1936. After graduating from Mansfield Senior High in 1954, he enlisted in the US Army. He served two years and was honorably discharged as a Private First Class after being stationed in Germany for his tour of duty. On December 18, 1955 he married Pat (Edmonstone) Lehman.
Throughout his life he worked hard and always put 100% into everything he did. Jack was a very strong-willed and self-made man. After working in several vocations he established his own business. He owned and operated Jack Lehman Construction. Headquartered at Candlewood Lake near Mt. Gilead, his company built numerous homes and docks on the lake. He also owned a marina, a convenience store, and a store-and-lock-it. He loved being with the people of Candlewood and operating his Bobcat. Jack was also instrumental in bringing the annual 4th of July fireworks display to Candlewood.
Jack was known as The "Jack of all Trades." He was a daredevil at heart and would try anything he found intriguing. He used to drag race cars, fly kites behind his boat, and slalom ski. Jack donated many hours of his time to help build the athletic programs and booster club at Mansfield Senior High. It was his passion to follow and support his children during their athletic and academic careers. He was one of the first recipients of the Doug Castle Award and was honored at the 50th anniversary of the JC Gorman Wrestling Tournament. He was also an avid supporter of the Mansfield Mehock Relays. Jack could be found on the sidelines as a member of the "Chain Gang" for the home football games for 42 years. He was a member of AMVETS and the Masons.
Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years; two daughters: Linda (Mike) Kelly of Jacksonville, FL, Sally (Phil) Caskey of Lexington; a son Mike (Michelle) Lehman of Mansfield; six grandchildren: Jackie (Bobby Macedonia) Hicks, Melanie Hicks, Kelly Montero, Michael Stearns, Mike Lehman, and Sammie Lehman; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Pat Poorman.
The Lehman family will receive friends from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where Jack's memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. The Reverend Robert Stanley will officiate and military honors at the funeral home will be performed by Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack's memory to the Candlewood Lake Association to go toward their annual fireworks fund may be made at the funeral home.
Private condolences to the family are encouraged by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
Published in the News Journal on Jan. 16, 2013