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LEHR, WILLIAM C. William C. Lehr, Pearl Harbor survivor, age 93, of Hamden, CT, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014, at Connecticut Hospice. Husband of the late Eleanora (Nora) Tirone Lehr; father of three sons, William F. Lehr of Fresno, CA, James D. (Jacqueline) of Haverhill, MA and Gerald T. Lehr of Hamden; grandfather of four granddaughters, Phoebe, Amanda, Virginia, and Kristina Lehr. He is also survived by his brother Donald (Victoria) of Sunnyvale, CA, and his sister, Elsie Whitener of Kent, WA; and one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by his brothers James & Gerald Lehr. Born Jan. 3, 1921, in Superior, WY, he was a son of the late William G. Lehr & Augusta Muehsam Lehr. Bill was a Navy Veteran, serving 6 years in the Pacific Theater, having served on the destroyer USS Monaghan. He was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and participated in the Naval battles of Midway and Coral Sea, earning three battle stars before volunteering for submarine service in 1942, making six war patrols from Groton, CT serving on USS Sawfish and USS Roncador, earning eight battle stars. He was a Past Treasurer of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assoc., Past President of the Triton Chapter (Sub. Vets of WWII), Past State Commander of Conn. (Sub Vets WWII), member of Port 5 Naval Veterans in Bridgeport, member of the Westport Submarine Veterans, past president of the Hamden Fish & Game Protective Assoc, and was a member of the Hamden Lodge #2224 B.P.O. Elks. He retired from the Conn. D.O.T. in 1982 after 34 years of service. Friends may attend a Celebration of Bill’s life held on May 20, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with Military Honors held at 6:30 PM in the Elks Lodge # 2224, 175 School St., Hamden. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Children’s Center of Hamden, 1400 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Please see: www.beecherandbennett.com to send a condolence to his family.


Published in The New Haven Register on May 18, 2014
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