Carl F. Lehmann

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Carl F. Lehmann, 79, of Marco Island, Fla. and Granite, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, near Marco Island, Fla., as a result of cardiac arrest.

He was born July 5, 1933, in Granite. He was the husband of Inez "Ruthie" Sadler Lehmann, his sweetheart from Catonsville High School, whom he married in 1954.

As a businessman, he provided jobs for more than 100 employees manufacturing precision parts that were used in the Apollo Space Program and numerous national defense projects. Some of the parts Micro Miniature Machining manufactured remain on the moon to this day. Replicas of some parts are on display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

He enjoyed racing stock cars, riding motorcycles, serving in the Army National Guard and working on all things mechanical.

He contracted polio in his early twenties. After a long stay in the hospital, including more than nine months in an iron lung, and with his wife's encouragement, he survived and went on to positively impact those around him and his community.

While he lived with the physical limitations caused by polio, he did not let his limitations define him.

He built a commercial office building to house his business and other tenants. He was president of the Maryland chapter of the National Tool and Die Association in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He had met President Ronald Reagan, while in his role as a small business owner and president of the Association. He was active in the Lions Club and served on the Boards of several banks.

He was known to create things and solve many technical problems. After he sold the business, he bought a Komatsu bulldozer and took out a hill behind his house so he would have a better view of the family Christmas tree farm that spanned three generations.

He enjoyed helping people achieve their goals and make them laugh. He was quick with a joke and played many hands of cards. He was never wasteful.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sisters Ruth Chalker, Cleo Garriott and husband Peter Garriott, Louise Klohr and husband Edward Klohr; children Cindy Tallent and husband Patrick Tallent, Bonnie von Rinteln and husband James von Rinteln, Carl Michael Lehmann, and Timothy Alfred Lehmann; grandchildren Laura Bates and husband Steven Bates, Elizabeth Warren and husband Shane Warren, Chad Lehmann, Chelsie Lehmann, Jessica Tallent, Shelby Lehmann, Jordana Lehmann, Carli Lehmann; and a great-granddaughter, Grace Lehmann.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road,  Sykesville.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Granite Presbyterian Church, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Granite Presbyterian Church, 10637 Old Court Road, Woodstock, MD 21163.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 10, 2013
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