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Ralph E. Lehman
May 1, 1938 ~ November 13, 2022 (age 84) 84 Years Old
Ralph E. Lehman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Lock Haven University passed away Nov. 13, 2022 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville following a traumatic brain injury.
He was born May 1, 1938 in Williamsport, Pa., the son of Ralph F and Esta C (Miller) Lehman.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Yackel Lehman, as well as children Sherri Lehman Bradley of Muncy, Craig Eric Lehman of Danville, and Mark Eugene Lehman of Jersey Shore. He also survived by 10 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 3 step great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Neil H Lehman and numerous nieces and nephews. His two sisters, Dorothy Carnevale and Jacque Frye, preceded him in death.
Ralph graduated from Jersey Shore High School in 1957, where he was involved in both football and track, as well as serving as class president. Following high school, he was employed by New York and Pennsylvania paper Mill in Lock haven for 4 years, after which he decided he needed an education to follow his dreams. He graduated from Lock Haven State College in 1964 with a degree in Elementary Education. He was hired by Jersey Shore Area Schools District, and taught 5th grade science and social studies at Broad Street Elementary school while also earning his MED from Penn State and managing the Jersey Shore Borough pool. After earning his masters degree, he was hired to teach at Ackley campus school at Lock Haven and later became student teacher supervisor. He was director of international and local student teaching for Lock Haven University at the time of his retirement after 25 years of service. After retirement, he decided to run for political office, giving the borough of Jersey Shore the first four years of his retirement serving as mayor. He was most proud of the town beautification Project, adding gas lights downtown, and bringing the rails to trails to Jersey Shore near Weis Markets.
Ralph lived his faith in Jesus through service to the church, his family and others. St Johns Lutheran Church benefited from his singing in the choir, serving on the council, and working on building maintenance projects. Ralph was a 50 year member of the Jersey Shore Loins Club as well as the Elks Lodge, being honored with Elk of the year. Many hours were spent in his garage repairing family toys and neighborhood bicycles. Recently, he could be frequently spotted as part of the Jiffy Market retired meeting group.
Visitation to celebrate his life service will be at St. John Lutheran Church, 229 S. Broad St., Jersey Shore, on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 9:30 a.m.with a service to follow at 11 a.m. In honor of Ralph, the family is asking the you bring any fond memories, good deeds or fish stories to share.