Eugene Henry Lehmann, 77, of Detroit Lakes, formerly of the Park Rapids and Menahga areas, passed peacefully into Eternity at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, MN, with his loved ones at his side.
Eugene was born on Jan. 20, 1933, in Havana, N.D., to Charlie and Grace (Ellsworth) Lehmann. He attended public schools in Havana. As a young man, Gene ventured to Cog-swell, North Dakota, where he worked on a farm for several years. At the age of 18, Gene enlisted in the United States Army where he faithfully served his country in Germany until his honorable discharge in 1954. While being caught in a snowstorm when traveling through Menahga, MN, shortly after his discharge from the Army, Gene met a cute waitress by the name of Elaine Ardith Jessen. The young couple fell in love and were married on April 2, 1955. This union was blessed with nine children: Stanley, Larry, Darrell, Thomas, Timothy who died in in-fancy, Julie, Terry, Carmen and Brenda.
Early in their marriage, Gene farmed and drove truck in the Menahga area. In 1960, they moved to Fargo, N.D., where he gained employment working in a beef processing plant. Later, Gene drove truck over the road in a career that spanned over 15 years. Gene moved with his family to the Detroit Lakes area where they engaged in farming, raising up a fine herd of beef cattle and growing the crops needed to feed his herd. He also worked for the City of Detroit Lakes in the street department. In 1994, Gene retired and a short time later they moved to Park Rapids where they en-joyed their retirement years together.
In 2009, Gene's failing health caused them to return to Detroit Lakes to be closer to family. Throughout his life, Gene enjoyed the out of doors. He loved camping and canoeing with his family. He also enjoyed riding bicycle with Elaine. In his spare time, Gene enjoyed working with wood and built many pieces of furniture and log cabin bird houses which he sold throughout the country. Gene was gifted mechanically and also enjoyed restoring old tractors. He was a member of the Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post No. 212 in Park Rapids. Above all, Gene devoted himself to his wife, children and grandchildren who he loved with all his heart.
Gene will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Elaine; his eight children, Stanley (Ruth) Lehmann of Frazee, MN, Larry (Doris) Lehmann of Detroit Lakes, Darrell (Jill) Lehmann of Litchfield, MN, Thomas Lehmann of Detroit Lakes, MN, Julie (Greg) Buckley of Detroit Lakes, Terry (Kathy) Lehmann of Rochert, MN, Carmen (Duane) Huseby of Vergas, MN and Brenda Lehmann of Detroit Lakes; l5 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; l sister, Emeline Raethz of Moorhead, MN, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his son, Timothy; his parents and two brothers: Forrest and Charlie.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at 2 p.m. in the Emmanuel Nursing Home Chapel, with Chaplain Vicki Marthaler officiating. Kim Schnitzer will sing, "In The Garden" and "Beyond The Sunset" accompanied by Chaplain Marthaler.
Congregational hymns will be: "Amazing Grace and "How Great Thou Art". The casketbearers will be Gene's grandsons: Tim Lehmann, Nick Lehmann, Brandon Lehmann, Jesse Buckley, Adam Buckley, Ben Linden and nephews: Johna Lehmann and Rob Raethz.
Interment will be made in the Lehmann family plot in the Green Hill Cemetery of Sebeka, MN. The Sebeka American Legion will provide military honors.
Visitation will be held from l p.m. until the time of service on Wednesday. Following the service, a luncheon will be provided by the Emmanuel Auxiliary.