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March 22, 2019

2/9/2019 7:30:00 AM
David E. Lehman

David E. Lehman, age 72 of the Town of Newbold, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at his home. He was born Aug. 5, 1946, in Rhinelander to Arnold and Margaret (Pelong) Lehman.

In his youth, Dave worked in the family business, Lehman Oil in addition to attending school. He graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1965. On Jan. 25, 1975, Dave married Nancy Sonsthagen at St. Mark Lutheran Church and together they would raise their family of three children.

In 1972, Dave began his career as a firefighter with the Rhinelander Fire Department. That career of service would span 28 years including 12 years as chief until his retirement in 2000. He then worked for Wisconsin Public Service until retiring at age 65 to become a fulltime "putzer."

Among his interests, Dave enjoyed playing cards, looking forward to Thursday card night, hunting, coffee with friends, and regular stops at McDonalds. He especially loved time spent at Conro's Resort operated by his son and future daughter-in-law, Tim and April.

Throughout his life, Dave struggled with depression and in the end, that battle would claim his life. If you know someone dealing with depression and life challenges, please support them with love and encouragement to seek professional assistance and resources. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests donations in memory of Dave to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at

Dave is survived by his wife, Nancy Lehman of Rhinelander; his three children, Tim (April) Lehman of Rhinelander, Michael (Heidi) Lehman of Rhinelander, and Nikki Lehman of Waupaca; and seven grandchildren, Cole, Margaret, Samuel, Henry, Eleanor, Andrew, and Tyler. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, and two brothers, Richard and Douglas.

A memorial service for Dave will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414 / with Chaplain John Uhlarik officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019
Article comment by: Tom Bloom

.....sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. When he worked at Lehman Oil Company in the mid 60s, he provided great service to my brother Jim and I for our 1960 Ford Falcon. We used the car to deliver the (then) Rhinelander Daily News to rural Rhinelander residents. If the car didn’t run, folks didn’t get their paper.

Hoping, Dave, that you find peace in your final resting place.

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Always upon meeting Dave in or near the Fire Dept. he would gift me with his generous smile and kind words. We would usually part with each in candid laughter. Our acquaintance was always a pleasure and he always left me feeling good. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Craig and Gail Strid

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