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Leonard R. Lehner of Lincoln

Leonard R. Lehner, 88, Lincoln, peacefully entered eternal glory at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday (April 25, 2012) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, surrounded by his loving family.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church, Lincoln. Burial with military rites will be at 10 a.m. Monday at New Union Cemetery, Lincoln. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday before the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School. Arrangements are being handled by Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln.

He was born May 22, 1923, in Lincoln, the son of Frank and Catherine Jacobs Lehner. He married Dorothy Ann Kollmann on Jan. 10, 1946, in Spokane, Wash. She preceded him in death Nov. 26, 2008.

Leonard was a graduate of Lincoln Community High School in 1943. During World War II, he was stationed on troop transports Zania and LaGrange as gunner’s mate 2nd class in the U.S. Navy. His service included time in the South Pacific on Okinawa. After serving in the Navy, he and Dorothy settled in Lincoln.

A plumber by trade, Leonard spent most of his career working at Lincoln Developmental and Logan Correctional Centers. He was also an accomplished carpenter and built the family home in which he and Dorothy raised their four children.

Leonard was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 137 and the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society.  He was honored to attend the September 2011 Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Leonard had a zest for life as evidenced by his devotion to his family, his good humor and his cheerful demeanor.

Survivors include daughters, Dianne (Bill) Breen, Lincoln; Nancy (Rev. Charles) Olander, New Holland; and Randy (Roger) Payne, Normal; son, Richard (Dianne) Lehner, Bloomington; grandchildren, Eric (Kim) Robinson, Springfield; Dana (Kim) Robinson, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Dr. Sara (Jason) Netzley, Morton; Christopher Baker, Lincoln; Laura (Dr. Tyler) Bickel, Salt Lake City, Utah; Michael (Leah) Payne, Colfax, N.C.; Brandy (Mike) Welch, Bloomington; Brittney (Mike) Krzystofiak, Elgin; Mark (Kristi) Payne, Washington, Mo.; Bethany (Doug) Johnson, Bloomington; Matthew Lehner, Washington, D.C.; and Ryan Lehner, Bloomington; great-grandchildren, Emily Robinson, Bayley Robinson, Braidy Robinson, Evelyn Baker, Eleanore Baker, Callie Payne, Dylan Menchetti, Kylie Welch, Gage Swearingen, Amber Welch, Nolan Krzystofiak, Alayna Krzystofiak and Bailey Johnson; brother, Walter Lehner; and sister, Irene (Corliss) Norton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; sister, Frances Ritterbush; infant brother; half sister; and three half brothers.