In memory of
Parren "Pete" Lehman
In memory of
Parren "Pete" Lehman
Lehman, Parren "Pete" Alma, Michigan Formerly of Bay City Parren Edgar Lehman, Jr., "Pete" age 97 years passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019 of natural causes while living in Masonic Pathways in Alma, MI. He was born in Sunbury, PA on December 30, 1921. He was preceded in death by his parents, Parren E. Lehman, Sr., and Mary Kiehl Lehman; two brothers, Jack K. Lehman and Charles W. Lehman, sister, Mary Jane Guida, and his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Smith Lehman. He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Smith Lehman (West Chicago, IL) and Elizabeth "Libbie" Lehman Sheldon, son-in-law, Richard "Tad" W. Sheldon (Incline Village, NV), a brother, Marlin Lehman (Bradenton, FL), and a sister, Betty Lou Lehman McNiece (Port Huron, MI), two granddaughters, Elizabeth "Betsy" Sheldon Bircher (Austin, TX) and Katherine "Katie" Sheldon Bell (St. Paul, MN) and two great grandsons, Albert William Bell and Parren Joseph Bell and several nieces and nephews. When Pete was age 5 the family moved to Port Huron, MI. He was a graduate of Port Huron High School, class of 1941 and Kemper Military College in 1943. He served in the Navy Air Corp, WWII, until 1946. During his time in the Navy Pete joined the V-5 program, trained at Ohio Wesleyan, Delaware, OH; 1st flight training (WTS) Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI; pre-flight training, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Engine and Mechanic School, Norman, OK; Gunnery School, Cecil Field, FL; Operation Flight Training, Banana River, FL; Treasure Island, Oakland, CA; North Island, San Diego, CA. He was honorably discharged April 11, 1946, holding rank of Flight Engineer/Combat Gunner. Pete married Elizabeth "Betty" Smith, daughter of Dorothy and John F. Smith on June 24, 1950 in Saginaw, MI. Pete was employed by the JC Penny Company from 1946 – 1981 serving as assistant manager or manager in stores located in Saginaw, MI; South Bend, IN; Galesburg, IL; Racine, WI; Miller, SD; Maquoketa, IA; Iron Mountain, MI and Kingsford, MI. In 1986 the couple moved to the Smith cottage they remodeled on Killarney Beach Road in Bay City, MI. In 2004 they moved to Appletree Lane in Bay City until relocating to Masonic Pathways in Alma, MI in 2016. Through the years, Pete was active in Toast Master International, Kiwanis and Rotary. He was a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary. Since 1954, he was active in the Wenona Lodge No. 256 F. & A. M., Scottish Rite Bodies – Valley of Bay City and the Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple. As a couple, he and Betty were active in the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, MI; the Boca Grande Club, Boca Grande, FL; the Saginaw Club and the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club. Pete had many hobbies; boating, fishing, organ playing, wood duck carving, watercolor painting, golfing, gardening, stain glass working and tennis. Most of all, Pete loved story telling. He was revered for his stories; he was clever and very funny. He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband and father and dear friend to so many. The celebration of life will be held at the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home on Saturday, August 15, 2020 with visitation at 10:00 a.m. and memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will be at First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the wishes of the family.
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608 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
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First Presbyterian Church
805 Center Ave
Bay City, MI 48708
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In memory of
Parren "Pete" Lehman
Lehman, Parren "Pete" Alma, Michigan Formerly of Bay City Parren Edgar Lehman, Jr., "Pete" age 97 years passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019 of natural causes while living in Masonic Pathways in Alma, MI. He was born in Sunbury, PA on December 30, 1921. He was preceded in death by his parents, Parren E. Lehman, Sr., and Mary Kiehl Lehman; two brothers, Jack K. Lehman and Charles W. Lehman, sister, Mary Jane Guida, and his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Smith Lehman. He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Smith Lehman (West Chicago, IL) and Elizabeth "Libbie" Lehman Sheldon, son-in-law, Richard "Tad" W. Sheldon (Incline Village, NV), a brother, Marlin Lehman (Bradenton, FL), and a sister, Betty Lou Lehman McNiece (Port Huron, MI), two granddaughters, Elizabeth "Betsy" Sheldon Bircher (Austin, TX) and Katherine "Katie" Sheldon Bell (St. Paul, MN) and two great grandsons, Albert William Bell and Parren Joseph Bell and several nieces and nephews. When Pete was age 5 the family moved to Port Huron, MI. He was a graduate of Port Huron High School, class of 1941 and Kemper Military College in 1943. He served in the Navy Air Corp, WWII, until 1946. During his time in the Navy Pete joined the V-5 program, trained at Ohio Wesleyan, Delaware, OH; 1st flight training (WTS) Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI; pre-flight training, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Engine and Mechanic School, Norman, OK; Gunnery School, Cecil Field, FL; Operation Flight Training, Banana River, FL; Treasure Island, Oakland, CA; North Island, San Diego, CA. He was honorably discharged April 11, 1946, holding rank of Flight Engineer/Combat Gunner. Pete married Elizabeth "Betty" Smith, daughter of Dorothy and John F. Smith on June 24, 1950 in Saginaw, MI. Pete was employed by the JC Penny Company from 1946 – 1981 serving as assistant manager or manager in stores located in Saginaw, MI; South Bend, IN; Galesburg, IL; Racine, WI; Miller, SD; Maquoketa, IA; Iron Mountain, MI and Kingsford, MI. In 1986 the couple moved to the Smith cottage they remodeled on Killarney Beach Road in Bay City, MI. In 2004 they moved to Appletree Lane in Bay City until relocating to Masonic Pathways in Alma, MI in 2016. Through the years, Pete was active in Toast Master International, Kiwanis and Rotary. He was a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary. Since 1954, he was active in the Wenona Lodge No. 256 F. & A. M., Scottish Rite Bodies – Valley of Bay City and the Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple. As a couple, he and Betty were active in the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, MI; the Boca Grande Club, Boca Grande, FL; the Saginaw Club and the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club. Pete had many hobbies; boating, fishing, organ playing, wood duck carving, watercolor painting, golfing, gardening, stain glass working and tennis. Most of all, Pete loved story telling. He was revered for his stories; he was clever and very funny. He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband and father and dear friend to so many. The celebration of life will be held at the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home on Saturday, August 15, 2020 with visitation at 10:00 a.m. and memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will be at First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the wishes of the family.
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Services Provided By
Penzien-Steele Funeral Home
608 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
Services Provided By
First Presbyterian Church
805 Center Ave
Bay City, MI 48708
Past Services ╲╱
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