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Herbert K. Lehman

Feb 24, 2013 Staff

Herbert K. Lehman died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at his home. He was 85 years old.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the United Methodist Church in Riverton, with the Rev. Mark Thurman presiding. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.

Herbert K. Lehman was born Aug. 21, 1928, on a farm near Broadwater, Neb., in the same house where his mother had been born. He was the third child of Eles E. and Lottie C. (Ruby) Lehman. He was educated in rural schools in Nebraska and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1946. He joined the U.S. Army after high school and served with 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Division in Seoul, Korea. After receiving an honorable discharge from the service, he attended the University of Nebraska and received his degree in 1952.

He married Kathleen Manthei on Oct. 7, 1951, and together they raised two children, Randy and Lori. She preceded him in death on Sept. 17, 1981. He married Clara A. Carroll on July 25, 1984. She survives him.

He worked for a short while as a sports writer and photographer for the Daily Hub in Kearney, Neb. He purchased a small photography studio in Bridgeport in 1953. After selling that studio, he moved to Riverton in 1955 and operated his first studio upstairs in the old Peters building across the street from the post office.

He built the present-day Lehman Studio in 1959 and owned and operated it until 1992 when he sold it to his son, Randy Lehman.

Mr. Lehman was active in civic affairs, serving as a city council member, president of the Eagles Aerie in Riverton and was a life member of the Riverton Elks Lodge and VFW. He was one of the founders of the present Wyoming Photographer's Association and served in all the offices of that organization as well as all the offices of the Rocky Mountain Photographer's Association. He also served as the Wyoming delegate to the Professional Photographers of America for 10 years.

His family said that for many years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing and golfing. He often said that he had been born at just the right time and "had hit it just right!"

He is survived by his wife, Clara; sister Eunice VanScoy of Las Vegas; son Randy Lehman and companion Tracey of Riverton; daughter Lori Gimmeson and her husband Brant of Aurora, Colo.; stepchildren Kathleen Welch of Billings, Mont., Jodi Edwards and her husband John of Riverton, Dirk Carroll and his wife Melissa of Riverton, and Quinn Carroll and his wife Theresa of Cheyenne; 22 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Claire Crossman and her husband Sam; brother Donald Lehman and his wife Jeanette; brother-in-law Ronald Van Scoy; and granddaughter Annie Jo Welch.

Donations for the Herb Lehman Memorial would be appreciated, in care of Davis Funeral Home, for a memorial to be placed at the Riverton Country Club.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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