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Ernest Eugene "Gene" Lehman

October 29, 1932 — November 8, 2023

Casa Grande


Obituary: Ernest Eugene Lehman (10/29/32 - 11/8/23)
Casa Grande mourns the loss of a beloved long-time resident and esteemed businessman, Ernest Eugene Lehman, affectionately known as Gene. Born on October 29, 1932, Gene passed away on November 8, 2023, surrounded by family and listening to his favorite gospel music, leaving behind a legacy of service, dedication, and love.
Gene's journey in Casa Grande began in 1955 when he arrived alongside his dear friend, Charlie Toon. Together, they opened an appliance repair business, utilizing Gene's expertise gained during his time in the Army as a radio repairman during the Korean War. His commitment to excellence and his passion for helping others quickly earned him respect in the community.
As his business expanded Mr. Toon was replaced by his high school buddy and best friend John Cress. Together they created an appliance business that endured and thrived for decades.
Not only was Gene a successful businessman but also a family man. He was joined in matrimony with the love of his life, Judy, and together they raised five children: Allen, Lissa, Vicki, Scott, and Frank. Gene's devotion to his family was unparalleled, and he cherished every moment spent with them.
Firefighting was another profound passion in Gene's life. For over five decades, he dedicated his energy and expertise to building a professional fire department in Casa Grande. Gene played an integral role in this endeavor, and his contributions were invaluable to the city and its residents. His commitment to the well-being and safety of others was unwavering.
Gene's impact extended beyond the business and firefighting realms. He actively participated in numerous community efforts, from his early involvement in the Jayces to his recent years on the board of the Casa Grande Historical Society. He had a particular zeal for preserving the history of old fire trucks, a testament to his deep appreciation for both the past and the present fire service. Gene delighted in driving the old Engine #1 in parades, with his beloved Judy by his side, creating cherished memories together.
Sadly, Gene was preceded in death by his daughter Vicki, son Allen, and his loving wife Judy. However, he leaves behind a legacy of love, strength, and resilience. Gene is survived by his high school sweetheart and companion of the past four years, Tansy Mayo, as well as his daughter Lissa Lehman, his son Scott Lehman, and his son Frank Lehman. 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.  His memory will forever live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and the community he dedicated his life to serving.
As we bid farewell to Ernest Eugene Lehman, we honor his remarkable life and the immeasurable impact he made. His passion for business, his selflessness in serving the community, and his unwavering love for his family will continue to inspire generations to come. May his soul find eternal peace and may his legacy be a guiding light for us all.
A celebration of this magnificent and exceptional  life will be held November 21st at 11am at Trinity Baptist Church in Casa Grande. Followed by a graveside service and a reception at the fellowship hall.
Requesting Donations  be made to his final project of protecting his beloved fire trucks in lieu of flowers.
Donations can be made online at All proceeds go to CG Historical Society to complete the project.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Ernest Eugene "Gene" Lehman, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Trinity Southern Baptist Church

1100 E. Trinity Place, Casa Grande, AZ 85122

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