Dr. Elton D. Lehman, D.O. 1935-2016
The final door opened for Dr. Elton D. Lehman, D.O., 81, of Mount Eaton, when he passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 at his home. He was born near Kidron on August 19, 1935 to the late Sylvester A. and Martha (Bixler) Lehman and married Phyllis A. Schloneger on June 15, 1963. She survives. He was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite University and earned his D.O. degree in 1963 from Midwest University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following an internship at the former Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, he practiced family medicine in Mount Eaton from 1964 to 2004. He served on the staff at the former Doctors Hospital from 1964 – 2004 and on its board of trustees. He served as the medical director of Country Lawn Nursing Home for many years and had previously served as a Deputy Coroner for Wayne County.
Dr. Lehman was instrumental in the founding of the first free standing birthing center in the area known as the Mount Eaton Care Center. He served on its board of directors and as its medical director for many years. He authored and co-authored numerous articles and books related to his rural medical practice in Amish country. In 1998, Dr. Lehman was recognized as the Country Doctor of the Year by Staff Care, Inc. He also served on the board for the Wayne County Health Department, William McKinley Mental Health Society, Association of Birth Centers of Ohio, Mental Health and Recovery Board of Wayne and Holmes Counties, Austin Bailey Foundation and the Lighthouse of Hope. He had served as a councilman for the Village of Mount Eaton from 1973-1984 and as mayor from 1984-1999. He was a charter member and former president of the Mount Eaton-Paint Township Historical Society. He was a member of the Kidron Mennonite Church and served on numerous short term medical mission trips. He also served as a volunteer at the Viola Startzman Free Clinic.
In addition to wife, Phyllis, he is survived by children, Brenda (the late Dr. John) Benner, Dr. Brent (Claudia) Lehman and Beverly Lehman; grandsons, Andre, Adrien and Aaron Lehman; sisters, Florine (Lester) Yoder, Doris (Dan) Cartwright, Ruth (Roy) Bontrager, Janelle (Gerald) Gould, Carol (Edward) Burkholder, Geraldine (the late Gerald) Mumaw and Elizabeth (David) Wiebe; brothers, Merlin (the late Janet), Larry Lehman and Donald (Ruth) Lehman; and a sister-in-law, Arlene Lehman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son-in-law, John Benner; and brother, David Lehman.
Through his passion for medicine and his love of others, Dr. Lehman has donated his body to the Ohio University Medical College. A service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Kidron Mennonite Church, 3987 Kidron Road, Kidron. Friends may call on Friday from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the church or on Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Eaton Care Center, P.O. Box 177, Mount Eaton, OH 44659 or the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501 or the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation, 2719 Fulton Road NW, Suite D, Canton, OH 44718.