Richard J. “Rick” Lehner, 68 of Mooresburg, TN formerly of Beaver Falls, PA died Monday, September 16, 2019 after a long brave battle with a debilitating illness.
Born August 5, 1951 in Beaver Falls, Rick was the son of Anderw J. and Lillie (Nealer) Lehner.
After playing football at Geneva College for a year, Rick graduated from Youngstown State University. He was a middle school teacher in LaJoya, TX for 14 years before retiring to Tennessee. While teaching, he coached middle school football and once coached Little League baseball in Beaver County. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fa, loved to golf and loved visits with his grandchildren. He was also a former member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Midland.
Most recently, Rick and his wife owned and operated the Hill House Group Home for disabled senior citizens in Mooresburg.
Surviving is his wife of 31 years, Marian (Ostojic) Lehner of Mooresburg, five sons; Thomas (Mari) Coleman, Richard Lehner Jr., Joseph Lehner, Michael (Maria) Lehner, Scott Lehner, four grandchildren; Natalie, Aubree, Thomas Jr. and Matthew. One sister in law; Julie (Ron) Visnick, and many extended family members both on the Ostojic and Lehner sides. He is also survived by his lifelong friend and cousin, Gordon (Connie) Cogley, whom Rick was especially close.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother; Bob Lehner.
Friends of Richard J. Lehner will be received from 6:00-8:00 PM Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Buechele Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. 707 Kellys Way, East Brady, PA 16028.
Funeral Services will be held from the Funeral Home at 8:00 PM Sunday evening with Rev. Bogdan Burcur of St. Anthony’s Orthodox Church, Butler.
Burial will be in St. Eusebius Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Rick’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made toward research for Bulbar Palsy or their local ALS Association Chapter.
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