Ruben Frederick Lehmann, 94, of Sabetha, Kansas, passed away Monday, November 22, 2010 at the Apostolic Christian Home.
Ruben was born on the family farm west of Sabetha on January 27, 1916, the youngest of nine children to Fred Lehmann and Caroline (Lehman) Lehmann. He attended the Eureka School. He lived on the farm until he was 22 years old when he moved to Sabetha and worked for the Nemaha Coop Creamery.
Ruben married Eileen May Meyer on September 29, 1940 at the United Methodist parsonage in Bern, Kansas. They had three children. Ruben and Eileen celebrated 69 years of marriage before Eileen’s death in October of 2009.
Mr. Lehmann was a proud World War II veteran who entered the Navy in August of 1943 and served aboard the destroyer escort, U.S.S. Daniel, until honorably discharged in November of 1945 with the rank of Motor Machinist’s Mate First Class.
After returning to Sabetha, Ruben worked for Keithley Plumbing. In April of 1947 he and Carl Hartman started their own business in plumbing and heating under the name of Hartman & Lehmann. In 1953, the business changed its name to Lehmann & Meyer Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning when Hartman’s share of the partnership was sold.
Mr. Lehmann was always interested in city and community affairs and freely gave his support to many community projects. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Boy Scout leader and Scout Master. He served eight years on the Sabetha School Board. Ruben served on the Sabetha Chamber of Commerce Board and was a board member of the Sabetha Industrial Development for ten years. He served as President and State Director of the Kansas Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors’ Association.
After his retirement form business in 1986, Mr. Lehmann enjoyed fishing and spending time relaxing with the family and friends at his cabin at Big Lake, Missouri.
Ruben was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eileen; five brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Lehmann is survived by his two sons, Robert Lehmann and Richard Lehmann both of Sabetha; his daughter, Patricia Boyce of Sabetha; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
The family will be holding a private inurnment service at the Sabetha Cemetery.