Obituary - "The Leader" - Monday, November 21, 1988
David E. Lehman Sr.
KNOXVILLE, Pa. - David E. Lehman Sr., 49, town of Deerfield, formerly of Corning died Sunday, Nov. 20, 1988 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.
He was born Oct. 17, 1939 in Corning to David and Lillian Nixson Lehman.
He graduated from Northside High School and served with the U.S. Army 1959 to 1961. He was a civilian Forman at the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Miami Beach, Fla. He retired this year.
He and Geraldine Patterson were married June 19, 1967 in Tioga. She survives.
Also surviving are : six sons, Daniel Lehman, Mayport, Fla., David Lehman Jr. and Douglas Lehman, both of Beaver Dams, Steven Speciale and Thomas Speciale, both of Caton, Samuel Speciale of Laurel, Md.; three daughters, Tracey Jo Lehman of St. Augustine, Fla., Fran (Mrs. Gene) Mascho of Knoxville, Velma Speciale of Corning; his father and stepmother, David and Gene Lehman, of Lindley; his mother Lillian Fuller of Painted Post; one brother, William Lehmann of Elko, Nev.; four sisters, Sandra (Mrs. Kent) Kramer of Campbell, Sonya (Mrs. Merton) Davis of Lakeland, Fla., Nancy (Mrs. Roger) Cole of Coopers Plains, Dianne (Mrs. Darrell) Wilson of Lindley; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Carpenter's Funeral Home, Corning. A prayer service will be there 10:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, the Rev. Richard M. Murphy celebrant. Committal and burial will be in the Chapel Knoll Cemetery, Coopers Plains.
Memorials may be made to the School of the Deaf and Blind, St. Augustine, Fla. 32085.
Taken from a newspaper clipping provided by Sandra Kramer:
Obituary - "Star-Gazette" - Monday, November 21, 1988
By Lisa Bennett
Heart attach claims Corningite after he beat bone cancer
David Lehman called his brother, William, last June to say he had multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer.
"He was scared, and he was mad," said William Lehman, a Nevada resident and director of a radiology unit.
William Lehman telephoned colleagues and experts to learn about his brother's prognosis.
Then, "I called David and said, "Listen, you have a hell of a chance of surviving five years, there is a hell of a chance they find a cure by then,' " said William Lehman.
After six months of chemotherapy, David Lehman's cancer was "pretty much licked," his brother said.
But on Sunday -- shortly before his family's first reunion in 20 years, one that brought members from across the country back to their hometown Corning area -- David E. Lehman, Sr., of Knoxville, Pa., died of a massive heart attack. He was 49.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Carpenters Funeral Home, Corning. A prayer service will be performed there 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church. Committal and burial will be at Chapel Knoll Cemetery, Coopers Plains.
"He was not supposed to die," said William Lehman. "This wasn't suppose to happen."
David Lehman was born in Corning in 1939, the son of David and Lillian Nixson Lehman (now Fuller), both of whom have survived him, along with his stepmother Jean Lehman and wife Geraldine Patterson Lehman.
A father of nine children, David Lehman was a carpenter and later a glass cutter for Corning Glass Works. He recently turned down a business proposition expected to yield $5 million in two years.
"He didn't care about money as much as enjoying himself. ... He didn't want to ge locked in. He was a free spirit," said William Lehman.
That spirit led him to answer a job ad in 1980 and became a builder of high'speed boats the U.S. Coast Guard used to scout drug dealers.
A multi-talented man, David Lehman "Could do anything he wanted to do. But he never found out what made him happy until the last vew years in his life," his brother said.
Though he found it late and died young, David Lehman left his family with a lesson, said William Lehman: "When it comes right down to the hard knocks of lfe, family is always there. That says a lot about grit."
(1939 - 1988)
Chapel Knoll Cemetery
Coopers Plains, Steuben Co., NY.
"The Sunday Telegram" - Sunday, June 15, 2008
Written by: Tracey Lehman-Kelly
In Memory of David E. Lehman, Sr.
There are so many things going thru my mind; it is hard to get the words on paper. It has been 20 years, this year, since we were forced to say good-bye to you. When I remind people of how long it has been, they find it hard to believe. But that is not true of the ones that loved you. We know how many Father's days we've missed and how many birthdays and Christmases we've been without you. You know that song "Just one more day?" I've thought for 20 years what I would say or do if I had one more day with you, but of all things I would want to do and say to you, I already Know you've heard and seen. I know that you are with me everyday of my life. I believe you helped the Lord pick my children for me with a little bit of you in each one. I know you have heard my fears and my triumphs with every prayer I have said to the Lord. I also believe that every flat tire I have ever had is because you are trying to get my attention. I know it has been 20 years but it seems like yesterday. There are a lot of things you haven't been on earth for, but I know that you have been at every event. I miss you Dad with every inch of my being. You had touched so many lives.
I hope you know how loved you were and even still are.
Rest in peace my dear father, I can't wait to see you again.