Paul Lehman, 93, Ephrata musician, served missions

By on August 22, 2012

Paul Joseph Lehman, 93, of Ephrata, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at Ephrata Manor Nursing Home.

Paul was born on Feb. 11, 1919 in Manor Township and was the son of Christian Kendig Lehman and Mary Leaman Lehman of Manor Township. Paul married Naomi Krady, daughter of Daniel Stoner Krady and Francis Miller Krady, of Lancaster, on June 28, 1941.

As a child, Paul’s life was shaped by living on a farm where he acquired a passion for reading and playing musical instruments with his brothers. Naomi and Paul spent many happy years creating and singing music while engaged in mission work in Italy, Germany and Switzerland. To his family and extensive friends, Paul was known as a creative, loving and caring person who treated others with sincerity, consideration and a healthy sense of humor. He enjoyed reading, singing, teaching, composing music, playing assorted musical instruments and acting. Paul was a member of Pilgrims Mennonite Church of Akron.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years: Naomi; by an infant brother: Arthur; four additional brothers: Daniel, Gilbert, John and Christian; and one sister: Esther Ritchie.

Paul is survived by his three children: Judy, wife of Joe Stoltzfus, of Loysville; Jim, husband of Cindy Speaker, of Aurora, N.Y.; and Jerry, husband of Kandace Helmuth, of Akron; seven grandchildren: Jeff, husband of Jane Stoltzfus, of Alexandria, Va.; Jonathan Stoltzfus, of Harrisburg; Jolita, wife of Dana Peterson, of Pateley Bridge, U.K.; Theda L., wife of Ian Stone, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Jamie, husband of Christiana Stoltzfus, of Bainbridge; Jebb Lehman, of Geneva, Switzerland; and Bryn, husband of Angela Lehman, of Pahoa, Hawaii; 11 great- grandchildren: Rowan, Harvey and Eowyn Stoltzfus; Sofia and Nathan Peterson; Noah, William and Evan Stone; and Abigail, Isabel and Olivia Stoltzfus; and three siblings: Frank, husband of Emma Lehman, of Lancaster; Ruth Lehman, of Lancaster; and Miriam, wife of Jack House, of Cairo, Ga.

A simple burial, managed by family and friends, was held at Mellinger Mennonite Church Cemetery on Aug. 12. A memorial service will be held on Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. at Pilgrims Mennonite Church at the Welcoming Place of Mennonite Central Committee, 21 S. 12th St., Akron.

Memorial donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee at donate.mcc.org or by calling 859-1151.

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