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Theodore "Ted" William Lehman

April 16, 1921 August 27, 2019
Theodore "Ted" William Lehman
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Obituary for Theodore "Ted" William Lehman

It’s been a beautiful life for Ted Lehman: not without hardships, but rooted in faith, family and community.

Ted passed away at 98 on August 27 at Hillside Manor in McMinnville, three years after his beloved wife Doris, and was surrounded by their loving children. He had also just received embraces from many Hillside staff members, for despite a long battle with dementia, his jovial personality continued to shine through.

A celebration of Ted’s life is scheduled for September 28 at 11:30am at McMinnville Covenant Church.

Born April 16, 1921 outside Monmouth, Oregon, Theodore William Lehman grew up on the family farm: a time when horses still pulled plows. A bright student, he became the first in his family attend college, earning a business administration degree from Linfield.

But school initially had to wait as Ted served in World War II. A quartermaster in the U.S. Army under General George Patton, he participated in the historic Allied invasion of Normandy, France in 1944, landing under mortar fire just after Omaha Beach had been secured. He continued through the Battle of the Bulge and all the way to Germany.

Doris wrote him every day they were apart, and the couple wed on June 1, 1946 after Ted’s return. Married for 70 years, they would have four children. One, Ronald, was lost early to sudden infant death syndrome. But Ted is survived by the other three— Shirley Libby, Allan Lehman and Barbara von Behren—as well as by their spouses (Donald Libby, Elizabeth von Behren, Jon von Behren, Russ Schoof), six grandchildren (Brian Libby, Rebecca Lehman, Sara LaPietra, Christa von Behren, Anna Enck, Allison Parker) and four great-grandchildren.

Ted spent his career at Oregon Mutual Insurance, rising to company treasurer. Yet he never forgot his family’s business, Lehman Farms (relocated to outside Amity after being displaced by construction of Camp Adair during the war), working there twice a week into his nineties.

A member of Amity Baptist, then First Baptist and later Bethel Baptist Church, Ted Lehman often visited nursing homes to read residents Bible passages. He is remembered as a man whose Christian faith fueled his selflessness, humility and good cheer.


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celebration of life

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28

Sep

11:30 AM 9/28/2019 11:30:00 AM
McMinnville Covenant Church

2155 NW 2nd Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

McMinnville Covenant Church
2155 NW 2nd Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States
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