Joe Lehman was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Chicago. After many blessings and miracles, his courageous and valiant five-year battle with melanoma cancer ended peacefully in Green Valley, Ariz., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, when, surrounded by his family, Jesus came to take him home.
Joe was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was deeply loved and admired by so many and he will remain in their hearts and be forever missed.
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Mary MacEachin Lehman; daughter, Janet Boudrot (husband, Mark) of Anderson; son Robert Lehman of Greenwood; son, Curtis Lehman (wife, Kim) of Longmont, Colo.; grandchildren, Matthew and James Boudrot of Ind.; Emily and Victoria Lehman of Colo.; great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Macey Boudrot of Indiana; sister, Mary Jean Singleton of Chicago, Ill.; nephews, James, Joseph, and John Singleton; great-nephew, Raymond Singleton; and great-niece, Gina Singleton, all of Chicago, Ill.; niece, Susan Singleton and great-niece, Erica Singleton of San Diego, Calif..
Joe grew up in both Chicago, Ill. and Fairmount, Ind., graduating from Fairmount High School. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy for three years leaving only after a serious injury to his leg. He later graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He spent his career in Indiana working as an engineer and supervisor with Delco-Remy division of General Motors until his retirement in 1992. Joe was a fortunate man who loved and enjoyed his work. His passions were his family, cars, water sports and golf. He was actively involved for years with the Elks Club, Kiwanis Club, American Legion, and Junior Achievement.
For many years, Joe and Mary enjoyed a second home on Chapman Lake in Warsaw, Ind., which became their primary residence the first nine years of retirement. The family is grateful for the years of special and fun times enjoyed there together. These are memories that his family and friends will cherish and find comfort in always.
Joe and Mary first came to Arizona as snowbirds in 2001 and in 2005 became full time residents in the Quail Creek community of Green Valley, Ariz. They enjoyed spending time with their family, traveling, golf and the beautiful mountains and weather of Arizona.
Joe particularly felt blessed and grateful for his Desert Hills Lutheran Church family, the close Buttes Drive neighbors and friends, as well as many other friends, both in Indiana and Arizona, who supported and sustained him during his brave battle with cancer with their love and prayers and many fun and happy times.
The entire Lehman family has a deep appreciation and gratitude for Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care and the home care team who all gave such excellent care and support to all of us.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at Desert Hills Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, Joe’s family requests any memorial donations be made to the Arizona Cancer Center/Skin Cancer Institute, 1515 N. Campbell Avenue, P.O. Box 245013, Tucson, AZ., 85724, or to the Desert Hills Lutheran Church, 2150 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley, AZ 85622.
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