James Lehmann, dairyman, soldier, writer, family man; went on to his
eternal home with the Lord on November 8, 2020. He would proudly tell
you in his last few weeks, that he made it to 90.
Edith Lehmann, beloved wife, mother, friend; went on to her eternal home
with the Lord on January 22, 2021. She was a bright light to everyone who
was blessed to have crossed paths with her, right up till her last day on this
James was born in Baytown, Texas on October 16, 1930 to Henry and Clara
(Kelm) Lehmann, he was baptized by the Reverend Stroebel in 1931 and
confirmed at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Baytown by the
Reverend George Washington Obenhaus in 1944.
Edith was born in Washington County on November 21, 1930 to August and
Freida (Feisler) Gregor. She was baptized and confirmed here locally.
James returned to Washington County in 1945 and graduated from
Brenham High School in 1948. After receiving a coveted four year
scholarship from the Jesse H. Jones Houston Opportunity Award to Texas
A&M University, James became a member of the Texas A&M Corp of Cadets,
and graduated with a degree in Dairy Science in 1952. During his senior
year, James worked as Editor for the The Agriculturalist, the precursor to
today’s AgriLeader magazine. He was also awarded the honor of “Who’s
Who at Texas A&M” that same year.
Growing up in Washington County, Edith attended the Country Schools of
Mill Creek, and also graduated from Brenham High School. One might
know Edith from her years of working at the Washington County Tax Office,
or her tireless and loving teaching career at the Brenham State School.
During James’ nearly three decades of combined active duty and as an
active reservist, James served our country during the Korean War era as an
officer, being a member of the U.S. Army Psychological Warfare Center at
Fort Bragg, North Carolina. James continued service with our military
reserves until retiring as a Lt. Colonel after 29 years of total service. He was
a member of Brenham’s first army reserve artillery unit, serving as Battery
Both James and Edith demonstrated life-long hearts of service to others.
James served his local community as Secretary of the Property Owners of
Washington County; and a volunteer with AARP Tax Aide. But he was most
passionate about serving his military community, reinforcing his respect and
appreciation for them, with his many years of service at the Greater
Houston USO at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Edith loved her
church and was a member of the Rachel Circle, as well as a Board member
of the Brazos Cluster, Women of the Church and a Board member of the
Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod. She also faithfully served many years
and multiple positions with the Extension Education Clubs of Washington
County also known as Lunch and Learn (EEOC).
James and Edith were just two days shy of celebrating their 58th wedding
anniversary. They were married on November 10, 1962 at Ebenezer
Lutheran Church by Reverend Paul Banitt.
James was married to the sweetest, kindest, most patient companion a man
could hope for, his wife Edith. They are survived by farming partner and
friend, son Lance; Lance’s wife Patricia, and their daughter Ashley; also
daughter Sarah, her husband Chris, and their daughter Addy.
A joint memorial service is scheduled to be held at Salem Lutheran Church
in Brenham on Saturday, February 6th at 2PM, with a burial, to include
military honors for James, following at the Salem Lutheran Church
cemetery. Please self-govern to follow current state and local guidelines for
the health and safety of all in attendance.
James had requested two dear friends to act as his pallbearers, one being
the late Judge Eddie Earl Harrison. While his friend Eddie is no longer here
with us, we know they are probably having long talks together and solving
the problems of the world they have both left behind. Another friend, Dr.
Robert G. Wright, Jr. will serve as honorary pallbearer.
In lieu of flowers, James and Edith would be honored by memorials given to
the Salem Volunteer Fire Department, Salem Lutheran Church, or any
charity that you feel would honor their life and legacy.
James and Edith’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude for
the prayers, cards, notes of encouragement, and acts of kindness shown
during a most challenging set of circumstances.
Memories may be shared at www.MemorialOaksChapel.com