James G. Lehman

Sept. 23, 1936 - April 14, 2008

James G. Lehman of Waukesha died Monday, April 14, 2008, at his home at age 71. He was born Sept. 23, 1936, in Jefferson, the son of Andrew and Gabriela (nee Ruecker) Lehman.

After graduating from St. John the Baptist in Jefferson and Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie Du Chien, he attended Marquette University for two years. Jim married Sharon Maxwell on June 6, 1959; she preceded him in death in 2001. After serving in the U.S. Army, he was employed for 37 years at Wisconsin Bell/Ameritech/AT&T. Jim loved the game of baseball, which included coaching for the recreation department and the Waukesha Blazers and winning a gold medal in the Senior Olympics in softball. For many years, he volunteered for The Working Boys and was a lector at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he was a member.

Jim will be sadly missed by his three children, Elizabeth (Kenneth) Gardner II of Waukesha, Michael (Karen) Lehman of Sussex and Robert (Mary Edmondson) Lehman of Lake in the Hills, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Kenneth Gardner III and Amanda Gardner, Danielle, Nicholas, Samantha and Sierra Lehman and Jessica Lehman; two brothers, Dan (Donna) Lehman of Fort Atkinson and Tom (Judy) Lehman of Watertown; one sister, Mary Lehman of Eugene, Ore.; and special friends, the Jim and Pat Parks family.

In addition to his wife, Sharon, Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Sue (Gene) Hamner, and his parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass on Friday, April 18, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Bill Key will preside. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church (address above) or to Family Unity International, 12750 Stephen Place, Elm Grove, WI 53122, which benefits The Working Boys Center of Quito, Ecuador.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.