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Thomas Lehman

Lansing, Michigan

Jan 4, 1928 – Jul 25, 2020 (Age 92)


January 4, 1928
July 25, 2020
Lansing, Michigan


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Palmer Bush& Jensen Family Funeral Homes - Lansing Chapel Obituary

age 92, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Tom has departed his earthly life and gone to his eternal resting place to be
with the love of his life, Elizabeth (Betty), who he met in the 1st grade and
was married to for over 60 years. Tom graduated at Sexton High School in 1943.
As the long time patriarch of the Lehman Family, he defined the integrity of
family with an unassuming way and a smile or nod that left you feeling loved
and appreciated. A member of the Silent Generation, Tom embodied the values and
virtue that defined his era. He served his community and the Lord as a charter
member of Holy Cross Church and the Knights of Columbus. A man of highest
faith, Tom was also an Usher and part of the Holy Cross volunteer group Garage
Guys. He loved to watch, and commiserate with, his local Detroit and Michigan
State University sports teams. As loyal as they come, Tom worked for 40 years
for the Lansing based food retailer Schmidt’s. To Tom (and Betty), there was
nothing more important than family. This can be witnessed by his unrelenting
devotion to his loving wife Betty, 6 children: Thomas Jr. (Kimberly) Lehman
(both deceased), Michael (Carol) Lehman, Kathleen (Allan) Noack, Mark (Judy)
Lehman, Mary (Robert) Nowinski and Therese (Daniel) Fulgham, 17 Grandchildren and 26 Great Grandchildren, that all adoringly could find peace with him, knowing family comes first.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at St. Gerard Catholic Church with Msgr. Bernard Reilly as celebrant. Those that cannot join the family in person can participate with them via live stream on the Palmer, Bush and Jensen Facebook page. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel.

In appreciation of the care Dad was given and in lieu of flowers, the family
would like donations to be made to Sensations Memory Care Residence, 511 E. Shepherd St, Charlotte, MI 48813. Friends may send a condolence to the family on Thomas’s obituary at

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I just found out today that Tom had passed away. I'm so sorry we weren't able to be there for the funeral. My heart goes out to all of you. He was such a kind-hearted man. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Sending heartfelt sympathy to all the family as I remember Uncle Tom's kindness and ready smile.

We would always talk to Betty and Tom at the 6:30 Saturday mass at St Gerard after Holy Cross closed. Our condolences and prayers to the family.

I see your ear to ear grin and hear Aunt B’s one-of-a-kind laugh as your souls start down another path together and for always.

I was saddened to hear that Uncle Tom had passed away. Today made me remember what it is like to cry, and I thank God for all of the beautiful memories I have of him. He was always so very kind and loving towards me throughout my life. I didn't get to see him these past few years, but I hope somewhere deep in his memory he knew just how much he was loved by me.

The Harris family sends our love and prayers at this time of loss of a wonderful man!