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Philip J. Lehn

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Philip J. Lehn, former Preston, MN resident, died suddenly at his home on March 4, 2013.

Philip Jerome Lehn was born November 25, 1946, in Fergus Falls, MN. He graduated from high school in Fergus Falls in 1964. Phil received his degree in auto mechanics from Wadena Technical College. Phil had a passion for engine building and he and his brother Mike enjoyed working at a Chevrolet/Oldsmobile dealership during the week, then drag raced in NHRA - Division 5 at many tracks across the country. On September 27, 1975, Phil was united in marriage to Kathleen Neumann in Barnsville, MN. After their marriage the couple moved to Preston, MN where Phil started teaching automotive technology at the Southeastern Cooperative in that city. He taught for ten years while starting his own automotive repair shop, greatly assisted by his wife, Kathy. Phil and Kathy were the proud parents of Christopher and Theresa. In 1998 the family moved to the Alexandria area where they started another auto repair shop on their rural property. Phil will be remembered as someone who could see creative solutions to mechanical problems when everyone else was in a fog. Phil was a patient man, always happy, and loved spending time with his family and friends.

Phil is survivied by his wife, Kathy; son, Christopher and wife, Katie Lehn of Carlos, MN; daughter, Theresa Lehn of Savannah, GA; one grandson; brother, Michael and wife, Burdette Miller-Lehn of St. Cloud; nieces, nephews, cousins and special extended family, Jeff and Bonnie Ahlbrect, Elaine and Shane Vogel. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Rosalie and Rosemary; and brother, Sylvester.

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