Bill Lehman Jr.
Bill Lehman Jr., 60, of Gettysburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at his home in Gettysburg.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Gettysburg High School Gym with Fr. Jerry Kopel presiding. Burial followed at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Seneca.
William P. Lehman Jr. was born Aug. 13, 1952 to William Sr. and Mary Lou (Pundsack) Lehman at the Faulk County Hospital in Faulkton, SD. The family lived near Seneca where Bill attended North Canton School thru the 8th grade. He graduated from Faulkton High School in 1970 and went on to receive his Ag Degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 1975.
Bill’s first teaching job was at Todd County in 1976. From 1978 to 1984 he filled the Ag position with the Gettysburg School system before becoming the farm manager for Brown Farms from 1984 to 1987. In 1987 Bill went back to teaching. He taught one year in Eagle Butte and then continued his career at Gettysburg High School from 1988 until the present. He spent many hours driving the school bus and also cleaned pheasants for Paul Nelson Farms during hunting season.
Bill had such a love for his students and community. He worked on adding programs that would teach them both entrepreneurial and life skills. Over the years he has built the Gettysburg Ag and FFA program into one of the best in the state. He wanted to make sure that each and every kid had a chance to find love for their country, farmland, animals, and community. Bill started the Pig Project, the Relay for Life Demolition Car Raffle, and helped with many other worthwhile causes.
On Jan. 28, 1977, Bill was married to Cathy Wager and to this union three children were born: Sara, Amanda, and Casey. Bill married Peggy Schaunaman at Fron Church in Roslyn on June 5, 1993.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Ionic Lodge #83 of Gettysburg, and the Potter County Fair Board. Bill has been a member of the SD Association of Agricultural Educators for 33 years, serving on the executive board from 1993 to 1997. He has received numerous awards including: the Honorary State Degree from SD FFA Association (1996), Outstanding Education Teacher Award (2003), Middle and Secondary School Education Agricultural Program Award (2004), Region III NAAE Ideas Unlimited Winner (2007), Distinguished Service Award from SD FFA Association (2011), and the SDAAE Teacher Mentor Award (2012).
Bill’s life will be treasured by his wife: Peggy of Gettysburg; his children: Sara (David) Mitchell of Cibolo, TX, Amanda (Dexter) Allen of Colorado Springs, CO, Casey (Amie Morgan) Lehman of Gettysburg, Casey Jo (Josh Kukrall) Schaunaman of Aurora, SD, and Aaron (Tasha Fliehs) Barse of Aberdeen; 11 grandchildren; sisters: Laura Hartley of Ipswich, Coleen Freeman of Aberdeen, and Joleen Christman of Aberdeen; brothers: Joseph (Renae) Lehman of Aberdeen, Ben Lehman of Indianapolis, IN, Travis Lehman and Matt Lehman; mother-in-law: Judy Schaunaman of Roslyn and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; his parents, Bill and Mary Lou Lehman; his brothers: Ed, Jay Dee, and Brian; sister: Linda Switzenberg; father-in-law, Clarence Schaunaman; nephew, Dustin Christman and several aunts and uncles.
Memorials can be directed to the Bill Lehman Memorial Fund, c/o Great Western Bank, 111 N.E. St., Gettysburg, SD 57442.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Bill’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)