Robert “Bob” J. Lehman | TCHDailyNews

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Robert J Lehman, 80, of the Town of Matteson, Waupaca County, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on October 15, 2022.

Robert James Lehman was born on April 1, 1942, the second of seven children born to the late Gordon and Anna Lehman. He grew up farming with his family in Bear Creek. He graduated from Bear Creek High School in 1960. He spoke fondly of his experiences racing horses bareback, on a dirt road in Bear Creek. After high school, he worked in construction and served in the National Guard as a staff sergeant for 6 years. During this time he also married the love of his life, Carolyn Behnke in 1965. Bob and Carolyn went into dairy farming with Harold Behnke (Carolyn’s father) and the two partnered until the death of Harold. The couple then took over the farm and called it Lehman’s Restless Acres. They had two children Shane (1966) and Sherie (1971). The family worked together to manage a dairy herd and grow crops. His children have many happy memories of growing up on the farm. They worked hard together, but also found time for camping, snowmobiling, traveling and just enjoying the country life. Over the years, Restless Acres has been home to many animals, including loyal dogs, calves, cats, chickens, rabbits, pigeons, and (Bob’s favorite) miniature horses and ponies. In 1994 Bob became a grandparent and loved being a grandfather. He took every opportunity to teach his grandchildren what he knew about farming, horses, and repair. He could be seen taking rides in a cart pulled by two miniature ponies when the grandchildren were small. He enjoyed attending their sporting events and looked forward to their frequent visits to the farm. He especially loved the big family get-togethers for holidays and celebrations where Carolyn cooked amazing meals and he shared her endless stories. Bob also liked to work hard. It was rare to see him not engaged in a “repair” project, driving his tractor, caring for animals, or working a field. When he took a moment to relax, he and Carolyn spent the day shopping and visiting flea markets. For his family, Bob will always be remembered as the “Go to Guy”. If a member of his family needed help with anything (repairs, painting, construction, snow removal…), it was Bob who was called. He always came to help, no matter where and no matter when.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Carolyn (Behnke) Lehman; son and daughter-in-law Shane and Jody Lehman (Clintonville); daughter Sherie Lehman (Clintonville) (special friend Mike Mapes); and five grandchildren; Paige Lehman, Skyler Lehman, Jordan Lehman, Devyn Gee and Coleton Gee. Siblings: Marie Elsholtz, Richard(Millie) Lehman, Dave(Shelly) Lehman, Gerald (Joanne) Lehman, Jane (Randy) Kriewaldt and Pat (Rick) Rieck. A brother-in-law Merlin (Janet) Behnke, (Grafton WI) and his many beloved nieces and nephews.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Anna Marie Lehman; in-laws. Harold and Norma Behnke (Owen) and (Delbert Owen); and his brother-in-law Robert Elsholtz.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at St Martin’s Lutheran Church, Clintonville, with the Reverend Jason Zobel officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Clintonville, with military honors conducted by members of Clintonville VFW Post #664, American Legion Post #63, DAV Chapter #53 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit #63. Visitation will be held on Tuesdays at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established by Robert’s family. The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home and Crematorium in Clintonville helps his family. Special thanks to Pastor Jason Zobel for his spiritual guidance and prayers to Bob and his family. Thanks also to ThedaCare Hospice and loving home caregivers, Donna Haas, Teri Seefeldt and Lori Schilling.

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