Matthew Ryan Lehman
June 27, 1983 ~ January 2, 2017
Matthew Ryan Lehman, 33, of Shipshewana, died at 10:19 pm, on Monday,
January 2, at Goshen Health Hospital, Goshen, after a battle with cancer.
Matthew was first diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and only given 13 months to
live; He beat all odds living well over 13 months. He was born on June 27,
1983, in Phoenix, AZ, to Melvin R. and Phyllis (Rosendaul) Lehman. Surviving
along with his parents in Shipshewana are a sister, Heidi (Luke Swihart)
Lehman Wilbourn of Shipshewana; his soulmate, Kyla Shepherd of Hudson;
grandmother, Jean Rosendaul of LaGrange; five nieces and nephews, Mikey,
Quincy, Journey, Macy and Mason and a sister-in-law, Donna Lehman of
Albany, OR. He was preceded in death by his brother, Justin Lehman,
grandparents, Daniel & Ida Mae Lehman and Richard Rosendaul. Matthew
was a 2002 graduate of Westview High School where he was active in FFA,
he later attended Vincennes University. He was an aspiring comedian with a
goal to share laughter with everyone. He had worked for 10 years at
Pac-A-Sac in Shipshewana and was currently working for West Edge
Novelties in Howe. Matthew had received Shipshewana's Outstanding
Citizen of the Year award. Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday
January 6, followed by a funeral service at 7:00 pm at Miller-Stewart Funeral
Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Memorials may be given to
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home to assist the family with expenses.

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Condolences  ~  ~  ~  ~
Still can't believe he's gone. My hurts and thoughts are with you all. Praying
for peace and comfort during this time
From: Anita Spangle
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Please know that your family is in my prayers. I was Kyla's boss at the day
care and she has become a dear friend. We attend church together and she
brought Matthew with her once. Although I only met him once, it was a
pleasure. I could see the love he had for Kyla and he was so happy!
From: Brooke Hastings
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My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Matt was a
classmate of mine and he was an outstanding person.
From: Brandon Zehr
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You lived a legacy a deep friendship to many you were a hero a smile a joy to
many..the battle is over your no longer suffering you won many hearts
through the kindness of your own your journey in this life..your journey may
have been lost but the legacy of your friendship & joys and the love you had
for everyone will go on in our hearts. Thank you for being the awesome great
guy you were.. In loving memory may you rest in peace and now I can look
up into the sky and know that you are with the best place now and walking
the streets of gold..
The Lehman family and all the loved ones close to Matt and friends you are all
in my thoughts and prayers in this hard times god bless you will his love and
Matthew Ryan Lehman
June 27,   1983 - January 2, 2017
A legacy hero
From: Mandy
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I'll never forget the joy he brought to this world, and the awesome attitude in
which he did it with.  I was classmates with him, and had an especially good
time with him in Mr. Baker's Ag class. He always knew how to have fun, and
could make anyone smile.
From: Jason Hochstedler
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When I met Matt he was about 4, just a happy go lucky toddler, now he has
left us. What more must a mother endure? I am thinking of you....God speed
Matthew Lehman.
From: Roger Bedford
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I only had the pleasure of talking to Matt in person just a few times, but I
talked to him often through Facebook Messages.  He would check in on me,
or I would check in on him.  You see, Matt became fast friends with my son
Antonio in the fall of 2014.  Antonio kept telling me how cool and awesome
this Matt guy was, and that I would really like him when I met him.  
Unfortunately, Antonio never got to introduce me to his buddy Matt; as
Antonio passed away on 12-22-16 from injuries he sustained in an
automobile accident.  I finally met Matt on the day of Antonio's funeral, and he
was right, I totally loved Matt. He was a very nice and caring guy.  Matt told me
he had an instant bond with Antonio and thought of him as a little brother.  
Well, they are now back together again. I doubt they have WWE video games
in Heaven, but, I'm sure those 2 are having a great time. My heart sincerely
goes out to you at the time of this great loss.
From: Tonia Conley (A-Rod's momma)