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John Howard Lehmann
05/05/1963 — 02/24/2023
From Richland, WA | Born in Tacoma, WA
John Howard Lehmann
John Howard Lehmann, age 59, was called to be with his creator on Friday, February 24, 2023, peacefully at his home in Richland, Washington.
John was born on May 5, 1963, in Tacoma, Washington. He and his family moved to Torrington, Connecticut in 1965 where he grew up until his brothers and mother moved back to Yakima, Washington in 1972. He graduated from Davis High School in 1981 and remained in Yakima to begin his career in the heating and air conditioning industry. During this time, he met Sally Ann Hansen, and they were married on July 4, 1992, in Richland, Washington.
After their marriage, he made the decision to selflessly adopt Sally’s boys and always loved them as if they were his own. They moved to Spanaway, Washington with their three sons to continue his career. During their time there, they welcomed their daughter, Samantha, and enjoyed the early years of their marriage. John accepted a position in Blue Springs, Missouri in 1996 where he served as a regional sales representative covering a large four-state territory in the Midwest. After a year and a half, they missed Washington State, so John accepted a wonderful opportunity in Bellingham, Washington.
John and Sally loved their time in Bellingham and remained there for ten years. John continued his career in heating and air conditioning. John enjoyed living close to Mount Baker where he would occasionally visit to snow ski. As you can imagine, these years were very hectic with four children. The kids attended school and participated in various sports which he loved attending throughout the years. John enjoyed going bike riding with the kids and taught them all to drive in the cemetery across the street from their neighborhood. He was the sole-supporter of the family and started his own fireplace hearth business as a side job to make extra money.
After the passing of Sally’s father Leo, they made the decision to return to Richland, Washington in 2007 to be closer to both of their mothers. They built their current home where they enjoyed hosting barbeques and holiday gatherings with their family and friends. They installed a swimming pool in 2017 where he was well-known as the “pool boy” taking care of everyone like he enjoyed doing most. He loved to swim with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was well known in the family to help anyone with any task they needed done.
John began working at Bruce Heating and Air, but transitioned to Campbell and Company where he worked until the time of his passing. Many would say he was a “workaholic” as he spent several weekends and long days traveling to and from Yakima and everywhere in between. He attended several Campbell and Company barbeques and parties and enjoyed getting invited to go boating on the Columbia River with coworkers where he could re-live his younger years and passion for water skiing. He was well-loved and respected by his bosses and coworkers and will be missed.
John was preceded in death by his mother and step father, Joy and Bill Fearon of Yakima, Washington, his mother and father in-law, Leo and Shelia Hansen, and brother-in-law, Gregory Hansen. He is survived by his wife, Sally Ann Lehmann and his children Derek Hansen (wife Shannon) of Granite Falls, Washington; Scott Lehmann of Richland, Washington; Travis Lehmann (wife Jessica) of Kennewick, Washington; and daughter Samantha French (husband Trux) of Kennewick, Washington. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Jackson, Camryn, Kade, Mason, Elsa, Oakley, and Jameson, with an eighth on the way. He leaves behind his father Tom Lehmann (wife Debby) of Hartford, Connecticut and two brothers Todd Lehmann of Yakima, Washington and James Lehmann (wife Tena) of Graham, Washington. He also left behind his sister-in-law Janet McAdie (husband Dave) of Kennewick, Washington, sister-in-law MaryJo Koch (husband Mark) of Puyallup, Washington, brother-in-law Michael Hansen (wife Lara) of Ravensdale, Washington and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, Washington. There will be a reception at Christ the King Parish following the burial.
My wife and I were shocked to hear of John’s passing, our deepest sympathy to all his family. John was my Nieghbor and I always admired how much he cared for his family and doing yard work. I will miss our conversation we would have all summer as we both worked outside. RIP my friendJohn and May god watch over you and your family. Til we meet again
John you will be missed our daily conversations will be cherished until we meet again
you can now cloud surf be good rest well we have lots to to discuss when we meet again
Go M’s 🙂
Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers
We’re so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. What a shock for you & your family. Not sure you’ll remember us but we’re good friends of the Wards. Sue shared this sad news with us. Please know we send our deepest condolences. We remember you & Syd being such special friends & were so glad we got to meet you.
Marsha & Craig Powers
God Bless you John and rest in peace. You are enjoying the presence of your mother and other siblings.
Our condolences to The Lehmann family with the passing of John. Appreciated his honesty and knowledge of the HVAC business. Always recommended him to all of our neighbors. Such a pleasant person to deal with. His obituary definitely reflects his true character. RIP
Sending all my prayers to the Lehman family. John was an amazing man to work with. He always spoke so highly of his family and all the grandkids. His big smile and kind heart could always light up a room. He will truly be missed everyday, and especially at Campbell functions.
Sally and family ,
I am shocked to read of Johns passing . Please know that my heart aches for you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers
Sally and family, my heart is saddened by your tremendous loss. My sincerest condolences to you all.