SPRINGFIELD - Howard J. Lehmann, 84, of Springfield, died at 12:22 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at his residence.
Howard was born on December 11, 1928, in Gridley, Ill., the son of Joseph Peter and Wanda Neher Lehmann. He married Miriam Joyce Messer on August 27, 1950, in Lexington, Ill.
Howard was a graduate of Gridley High School and was the operator of Glass Specialty. He was one of the founders of MARA – Midwest Auto Racing Association and Abe Lincoln Quarter Midget Association. He served on the Board of Directors for RFMS. Racing was more than a hobby to Howard, it was a way of life. He also enjoyed fishing, water sports, and water skiing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John and wife, Kathy Lehmann; and his infant sister.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Lehmann of Springfield; son, Donald (wife, Ann Kmett) Lehmann of Springfield; two daughters, Doris (husband, Fabian) Guarderas of Cave-in-Rock, Ill., and Diane (husband, Frank) Suchomel of Morgan Hill, Calif.; three grandchildren, F.J. (wife, Nicole) Suchomel, Susan Suchomel, and Jack Joseph Lehmann; two great-grandchildren, Addison and Avery; sister, Marianne (deceased husband, Jack) Doyle of Carrolton, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation will be accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center following ceremonies.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4–7 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.
Funeral Ceremony: 12 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home with Chaplain Joe Chetta officiating.
Burial will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Ryan Newman Foundation for Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 5998, Statesville, NC 28687, St. John's Hospital Prairie Heart Institute, 800 E. Carpenter, Springfield, IL 62769, or donor's choice.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.