Harold Tapscott Lehman
February 11, 1927 - July 20, 2014
Harold Tapscott Lehman, long time Amity resident and businessman, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at his home in Amity, Oregon. He was 87 years old.
Harold was born on his family's farm near Camp Adair on February 11, 1927. Son of Edward and May Lehman. In 1942, during WWII
, the US Army bought up all the farm lands creating Camp Adair. Like many families displaced by the Army, the Lehman Family belongings were loaded into flatbed dump truck and up rooted the family farm to their current farm in Amity. Harold rode his bike the 1 mile to the Briedwell school house where he attended till the 8th grade before going to Amity High School. As the war escalated, like many young men, they worked on the farm in lieu of finishing high school, where in later years he obtained his GED.
Harold worked on the family farm west of Amity with his brothers, Ted and Robert, doing custom thrashing, dairy cows, and farm equipment repair. In the early 50's, the Lehman Family started the farm equipment and hardware store, selling Minneapolis-Moline tractors, Amana freezers, and Zenith TVs.
Harold attended the Amity Baptist Church where he met and married the love of his life, Elsie Louis Rogers on July 16, 1948. The first couple years of marriage, Harold and Elsie lived west of Amity near the family farm, having their first child, Kathryn in 1951. Shortly after, they bought a house in Amity, where they had their second child, Donald, in 1954. There, they raised their two children, sharing 66 years of marriage in 2014.
In the early 70's, Harold bought the family business, continuing the farm equipment repair with his son, Don. Later, also doing track hoe, backhoe, and bulldozer work. This proved to be some of Harold's most enjoyable memories and moments running equipment alongside of his son. Harold also enjoyed hunting, fishing, trips to the river, and visiting with his neighbors and friends. Harold was well known in the Amity farming community, serving several years on the Amity City Council, the Amity Cemetery Board and the acting sexton for years. He was a big supporter of the Amity Fire Department, Amity Police Department, Amity 5th Grade Outdoor School, Amity Valley Women's Club, and the Amity FFA.
His family and friends will forever cherish their memories of Harold and the Lehman Brothers. The shop will greatly miss him at the 10am coffee table, exchanging stories and catching up on the week's events, which some though was 9am-5pm. The Harold Lehman family, with the help of nephews Rollan and David Lehman, will continue the business' tradition and support of the farm community.
Harold was a friend to all, was always a book of knowledge for everything equipment repair, loved working, and seeing and talking to everyone who came in. His pride and joy were his kids, grandkids, but most know his great grandkids were the twinkle of his eye.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Lehman, daughter Kathryn Krieger of Gaston; son Donald and wife Connie Lehman of Amity; granddaughter Lisa and husband James Clark and two great granddaughters of Amity; grandson Ryan and wife Alicia Lehman, and one great granddaughter of Amity; grandson Kyle Lehman of Amity; brother Robert Lehman of Amity; brother Ted and wife Doris Lehman of McMinnville.
Harold is preceded in death by his parents Edward and May Lehman of Amity, Oregon.
Services will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:00am at the Chapel of Macy and Son. Memorial contributions may be made to the Amity Fire Foundation, to AES (Amity Outdoor School), or to the Amity Christian Church in care of Macy and Son. To leave online condolences, please visit www.macyandson.com