Lehmann, William G. 97, of Sachse, TX, formerly of Lake Zurich, IL, died November 4, 2012 after a brief stay at Founders Plaza Nursing Home in Wylie, TX, following a stroke. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1399 Elm Drive, Wylie, TX. Bill was born April 1, 1915 in Pontiac, IL to Albert and Emma Lehmann. He married Geraldine Meeker on December 29, 1939. They were married 67 years until Geraldine died in 2007. He was preceded in death by his older siblings, Chester, Edrie, Harold and Alberta. Bill was a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was a varsity letterman on the track team and earned the opportunity to race against Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympic Trials in Chicago. After college Bill served in WWII as a 1st Lieutenant in the medical corps of the US Army. He was stationed primarily in the Philippines, but was also in Tokyo soon after VJ Day. After the war he attended the University of Wisconsin (Madison) where he received a Masters degree in Education. Bill taught high school science for more than 40 years, beginning in Valley City, North Dakota, and then at Ela Vernon High School, later re-named Lake Zurich High School in Illinois. He also coached track, football and basketball and later served as Athletic Director. In the early 50's he started the LZHS football program, and was honored at the homecoming game in 2005. During this time he also served as an elder at St. Peter United Church of Christ and worked for the US Postal Service in Lake Zurich for 32 years before retiring at age 70. Bill enjoyed drinking coffee, rock collecting and polishing, pheasant hunting, working in the yard and decorating it for holidays and taking his family to northern Wisconsin for vacation. Survivors (and spouses) include his sons, William G. (Cheryl) Lehmann, Jr, Moline, IL, Randall E. (Jan) Lehmann, Sachse, TX, Terry A. (Barb) Lehmann, Spring, TX; grandchildren, Derek (Kelly) Lehmann, Greg (Brooke) Lehmann, Chad (Charity) Lehmann, Jeff (Teri) Lehmann, Drew Lehmann, Jill Lehmann, Megan Lehmann, Kelly (Chris) McDonald and Michael (Drew) Lehmann; great-grandchildren, Kyle Lehmann, Rachel, Rebekah and Julia Lehmann; Tobias and Mateo Lehmann; Ethan and Avery McDonald. We have chosen to honor Bill and Gerry by donating a tree to the new Children's Area at the Dallas Arboretum. The tree will bear a plaque with their names on it (William & Geraldine Lehmann). If you would like to contribute to this memorial, you may send a gift to Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas TX 75218 or donate on-line at this web address: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/MembershipGiving/Tributes_and_Honor_Gifts.htm
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Published in News Sun from Nov. 8 to Nov. 14, 2012