Thomas E. Lehner, Jr., 87, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.
Thomas was born in Utica on April 30, 1932 a son of Thomas and Gladys (Ryan) Lehner, Sr. He was raised and educated locally and proudly served in the Army during the Korean War. Thomas married Joyce Burritt on September 20, 1952, a blessed union of 51 years until her death on July 3, 2003. For 43 until his retirement he was employed with the Bendix Corp. Throughout his life Thomas enjoyed bowling, camping and was a hugh Yankee fan.
Thomas is survived by his five children, Deborah Emerson and husband, James of N. Utica, Gary Lehner and wife, Susan of N. Utica, Denise Fortson and husband, Steven of AL, Edward Lehner and wife, Sunna of Brooklyn, NY and Jason Lehner of Utica. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren with 2 more expected and several nieces and nephews.
Thomas was predeceased by a sister, Marjorie Miller.
A funeral service with military honors will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 11:00 at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., N. Utica. Burial will be in the Sauquoit Valley Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday from 4-7.