Joe C. Lehman

                    July 3, 1932 ~ November 10, 2020

Joe C. Lehman, 88, of Topeka, passed away on November 10,
due to complications of COVID-19. Joe C. Lehman was born
on July 3, 1932, to Albert and Annie (Hochstetler) Lehman in
LaGrange County, Indiana. He married the love of his life,
Kathryn (Yelton) Lehman on June 19, 1955 at Emma
Mennonite Church. He would live the remainder of his life in
Emma. He is Survived by his three daughters, Laurinda
"Laurie" (Steve) Sherck (Lagrange), Julia (Robert) Rubinstein
(Wolcottville), Beverly (Jerome) Stine (Bremen); 10
grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary (Ezra)
Gingerich (Honeyville); brother, Harvey Lehman (Berlin, OH).
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathryn,
parents, sisters, Edna Miller, Katie Miller, Ida Mae Miller, and
brothers, Freeman Lehman, Perry Lehman, Daniel Lehman
and Albert Lehman, Jr. Joe met his wife of 64 years, Kathryn,
while singing and playing guitar in a music group, which
performed with the Red Cross at VA hospitals throughout the
Chicago land area in the mid 1950’s. He continued his love of
music and was a part time DJ at WSTR Radio in Sturgis,
Michigan through the mid 1960’s where he hosted a radio
program entitled “Gospel in Song”. Joe loved traveling
throughout the U.S. with his wife and children, and many fond
memories were formed over the years during those trips. He
had a smile for everyone and a song, joke or story for every
occasion. In addition to a long career at Schult Homes in
Middlebury, in 1980 Joe and Kathryn fulfilled their dreams and
opened Lehman’s Music and Ice Cream Parlor in
Shipshewana. Lehman’s Music eventually moved to
LaGrange. Joe loved music and gave Guitar lessons at their
store. In addition to performing repairs and maintenance on
guitars and most any musical instrument, Joe also designed
and installed sound systems at churches and other venues
throughout northern Indiana. Joe and Kathryn continued
performing music throughout most of their lives and Joe
played guitar with the Emma Town Singers for over 30 years.
Due to concerns over the Current spread of COVID-19, the
children and grandchildren will be having a private service
with the intention that, once it is safe to do so, they will host a
Celebration of Life to honor their father and grandfather with
the extended family and community. In lieu of flowers,
Memorial contributions may be given to Agape Missions
and/or Menno Clinic.

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From: Jim and Nelda Miller
We always loved Joe....his music, sense of humor and just
chatting with him. The poem he wrote when your mother died
was so beautiful. We thank God that we could count him as a
friend. Blessings to all of you as you deal with the loss of
another parent and grandparent.
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From: Mel and Phyllis Lehman
Our sincere sympathy to Uncle Joes family. He was a great
man and blessed so many. I pray you find peace and comfort
knowing he is with his loving wife and having a heavenly
reunion with so many. Hugs and Prayers.
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