Nov. 27, 1944-May 17, 2012
Gene L. “Yogi” Von Lehmden, 67, of Fort Jennings died 4:45 a.m. Thursday at his residence surrounded by his family following complications from ALS.
He was born Nov. 27, 1944, in Lima to Alvin and Rita (Stechschulte) Von Lehmden, who preceded him in death.
On July 31, 1965, he married Joann Pohlman, who survives in Fort Jennings.
Also surviving are his children, Cheryl (Roger) Koch of Glandorf, Brent (Cheryl) Von Lehmden of Fort Jennings and Mark (Pamela) Von Lehmden of Aurora, Ill.; nine grandchildren:, Logan, Kialee, Connor and Alexa Koch and Kelsey, Alex, Cody, Piper and Georgia Von Lehmden; and four brothers, Doyle (Joyce) Von Lehmden, Ronald (Mary) Von Lehmden, Duane (Rebecca) Von Lehmden and Kim (Yolanda) Von Lehmden of Fort Jennings.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Lori Joan Von Lehmden.
Mr. Von Lehmden worked for 38 years as an electrician at General Motors Corp., Defiance, and was also co-owner of Maxim Motors, Fort Jennings. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings. His other memberships included the Fort Jennings Sons of the American Legion Post 715, Fort Jennings Lions Club, UAW Local 211 Retirees, Defiance, Delphos VFW, Delphos Eagles and the Kalida Fish and Game Club. He was a basketball official for 25 years; a baseball umpire for 30 years and a volunteer coach for the Fort Jennings Elementary basketball program. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping, woodcarving, woodturning, playing cards in several card clubs and having a good time. He enjoyed taking vacations with his family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, the Rev. Joseph Przybysz officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m. Sunday at the Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, and for one hour prior to the service Monday at church. A Scripture service will be held 12:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to Putnam County Home Care and Hospice or to the Memorial Hall Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
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