David A. Lehman, 73, of Elkhart

Published 8:49 am Thursday, December 5, 2013

April 16, 1940 — Dec. 3, 2013

David A. Lehman, Sr., age 73 years of Elkhart, Indiana died at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Hospice House of Elkhart following an extended illness.



He was born on April 16, 1940 in Elkhart to Merrill Dwight and Mary Alice (Hick) Lehman. He was graduated from Concord High School, and lived in Elkhart most of his life. He was employed as a butcher in several area butcher shops.

David enjoyed working on race cars which competed on local race tracks. He also enjoyed country music and driving tractor-trailer rigs.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a half-brother, Ralph Eby and half-sister, Maxine Keppel.

On September 16, 2007 he married the former Anna Lee Payne, who survives. Also surviving are his children, David A. Lehman, Jr., Mark A. Lehman, and Susan K. Lehman, all of Elkhart, and Ralph M. Lehman of Leesburg, Florida; grandchildren Margaret, Tori, David III, Jeremy, Sarah, Ashley, Mary Alice, Ida Mae, Erica Naomi Lynn, and Dale Eugene; and Anna’s children, Lora LaRosa and Bruce Moore, both of Michigan, and Kathy Ellingson of Niles, Michigan; grandchildren Jenny, Elizabeth, and Courtney; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for David A. Lehman, Sr. will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Randy Pearman of Bethel Baptist Church officiating. Committal will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of David may be made to the American Heart Association.