Arland Ardie Nelson Lehman, age 86, of Ripon, WI, completed his Lifes Journey to the Lord at Barrett House in Ripon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
Ardie was born on May 3, 1930, the son of Nelson and Caroline (Humbright) Lehman in Ripon. He graduated from Ripon High School in 1948 and worked at Luecks Hardware in Ripon until he enlisted in the Navy in 1949. Ardie patrolled the Korean Coast during the Korean Conflict and did electrical repairs on airplanes. He was also interested in motion picture operation and took schooling to operate the movies shown at the base. He was honorably discharged in February of 1953. He married Mabel Irene Sell on May 28, 1955 at Our Saviours United Church of Christ in Ripon. Ardie then began employment at Berg Electric in Ripon for 25 years and then worked for Boudry Electric in Fond du Lac until his retirement in May of 1992.
Ardie was an avid outdoors guy who loved to hunt and fish. Our mouths still water for his tasty blue gill suppers. He was involved in coaching Little League Baseball and Babe Ruth for many years. Ardie was an active life-time member of the VFW Post 5278, Ripon. He carried in the American Flag on Veterans Day in 2015 to begin the Veterans Day program at Ripon High School. A proud moment in his life was to be on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2015. He was a member of Our Saviours United Church of Christ in Ripon.
Ardie is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mabel Mae; daughter, Kim (Robert Jr.) Grasee; son, Scott (Leslie) Lehman; grandson, Micah Lehman; nephew, Randall Lehman and niece, Lori (Ray) Hojnacki and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Duane and his wife, Shirley.
Visitation for Arland will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, from 4 7:00 pm with a V.F.W. service at 7:00 pm at Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home, 515 Mayparty Dr., Ripon, WI 54971 and again on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, from 10 11:00 am at Our Saviours United Church of Christ, 343 Scott St., Ripon, WI 54971.
Funeral Service for Arland will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at 11:00 am at Our Saviours United Church of Christ in Ripon with Full Military Honors to follow. Reverend Dr. Kevin P. Mundell will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Our Saviours United Church of Christ, 343 Scott St., Ripon, WI, 54971, V.F.W. Post 5278, 404 Ransom St., Ripon, WI 54971 or Barrett House, 632 Hilltop Lane, Ripon, WI 54971.
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