Rev. Richard J. Lehman, 93


Rev. Richard J. Lehman, 93 Rev. Richard J. Lehman, 93, died at his home in Pennington, NJ, on Feb. 29, 2016. Born and raised in Ohio, he received a B.A. from Miami University and an M.Div. from the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology. He was ordained in 1947. After serving for several years as pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Elyria, Ohio, he left to become certified as a chaplain and supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). For the next 41 years, he was employed by the New York State Dept. of Mental Hygiene, teaching CPE to clergy and seminarians at two psychiatric hospitals, first in Gowanda (south of Buffalo) from 1954 to 1967, and then in Central Islip (Long Island) from 1967 until his retirement in 1995. During that time, he also served as pastor of the Farmingville Congregational United Church of Christ from 1973 until 1999. Upon retirement from the state and the church, he became the director of pastoral care for the Long Island Council of Churches, which included supervising the chaplains at the Nassau County Jail. He continued this until shortly before his move to New Jersey in 2010 to be closer to his daughter. Dick Lehman was an accomplished musician, playing saxophone, clarinet, and trumpet in concert, marching, and dance bands from high school through seminary and periodically thereafter. His beautiful bass voice enriched many choirs. He was also an avid gardener, finding (and creating) Eden in his half-acre yard at his home of 40 years in East Islip, NY. He was predeceased by his parents, Forrest Leroy and Carrie Martin Lehman; his brother, Capt. James Martin Lehman; and his two wives, Priscilla (Thayer) in 1989 and Marilyn (Birkman) in 2010. He is survived by his children, Nancy Lehman and her husband, Ted Borer, of Pennington, and Tom Lehman, of Burbank, California; his stepchildren, Alan Blume and his wife, Martha, of Cheshire, Connecticut, and Anne Blume-Robertsson and her husband, Johan Robertsson, of Zurich, Switzerland; and eight grandchildren, Ryerson, Thomas, Noah, and Priscilla Lehman-Borer; Phoebe and Margaret Blume; and Astrid and Joar Robertsson. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m. at Pennington Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a fund established in his name at Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 S. Main St., Pennington NJ 08534. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at