Curtis Samuel Lehman, 83, of Willow Valley Manor, Lancaster, died Sunday, February 22 at Arbor View of Willow Valley after gracefully enduring years of declining health. He and his wife, Janice Weaver Lehman, have celebrated 57 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Linda Lehman, her life partner, Sharon Bumbarger and their children and his beloved grandchildren: Kyra Kim, Tai Nicholas, and Quin Curtis. He is also survived by brothers and sisters: Ralph Lehman, Bernice Hostetler, Dolores Wedel, all of Kansas; Lyle Lehman, N.Y. state; Jane Lehman, Claramae Klink, Gary Lehman, LaVerne (Jim) Lehman, all of Indiana. He was predeceased by his 3 sons: Eric, Jeffrey, and Kim Curtis, 1 sister and 3 brothers.
Born in Castorland, N.Y. Curtis was the son of the late Samuel H. and Clara Kennel Lehman. He graduated from Lowville, N.Y. High School and Goshen College, Goshen, IN. Following WWII he was one of the Seagoing Cowboys delivering horses to Europe in humanitarian relief for the organization which became HEIFER International; 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202. Through the years this has remained his favorite charity.
A member and past Deacon of the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren he was also a member and past President of the Kiwanis Club of Norlanco Rheems. For 3 years he served as Divisional Chair of District 16 for Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) program. He was employed by the State of PA and retired from the Department of Education, Title I program. Curtis enjoyed travel, roses, reading and discussions of current affairs.
A memorial service will be held March 21 at 11 AM at the Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mount Joy St., Elizabethtown, PA. led by pastor Greg Davidson Laszakovits. Guests are invited to meet with the family and share a luncheon at the church following the service. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.