Gerald Lehnherr 1931-2012

Posted December 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Gerald Lehnherr 1931-2012

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Gerald “Jerry” Lehnherr, 81, of Rochester, Minn., died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at Golden Living Center Rochester East.

The memorial mass was held Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Macken Funeral Home River Park Chapel. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester. 

Jerry was born July 10, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minn. to John and Lenore Lehnherr. He graduated from Lourdes High School in 1949. Jerry was in the Korean War in the 44th Army Engineers “Broken Heart” Battalion and has been active in the yearly reunion of the group.

On September 25, 1954, he married Derla Jean Arbogast, of Miller, S.D., in New Hampton, Iowa, and they resided in Rochester, Minn. After his marriage, he worked for the City of Rochester Fire Department, 1955 to 1979, where he became captain.

He looked forward to fishing trips to Canada and fall pheasant hunting trips to Miller, S.D. with sons and grandsons.

He is survived by his wife, Derla Jean; his two sons, Paul (Cindy) of Jackson, GA and Pat (Cheryl) of Savage, Minn; his two daughters, Therese (Dan) Serres of Clackamas, Ore., and Diane (Tracy) Vig of St. Louis Park, Minn.; sister, Darlene (George) Caflisch of Rochester; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his mother; step-father, Paul Baumgardt; two brothers, James and John; two sisters, Donna Clark and Dorothea; half brother, Donald; half sister, Gene; son Joseph; and daughter Suzanne.

Gifts in memory of Gerald (Jerry) can be made to the Wall Lake Hunting Club in Miller, c/o Randy Johnson, 21550 SD Hwy 45, Miller, SD 57362.

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