Loren A. Lehner, 66

Loren A. Lehner, age 66 of Albany, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Albany Area Hospital in Albany, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Friday, October 5 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany. Private family interment will be at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery on Saturday in Albany.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the church in Albany.

Loren Alois Lehner was born February 13, 1946 in Albany, Minnesota to Alois and Dorthea (Klug) Lehner. He was united in marriage to Sharon Klein on June 18, 1966 at Ebenezer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Albany.  They made their home in Winsted for three years and then began farming on the family farm north of Albany in 1971.  After retiring from the farm, Loren worked at the Albany Elementary School as a custodian for ten years. He enjoyed his job at the school, especially the children.

Loren was a very creative man and loved building bird houses. He also enjoyed doing yard work and anything outdoors, including fishing with his family. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany where he served on the church council. Loren was also a lifetime member of the Friday Night Coffee Klatsch.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Lehner of Albany; children, Wendy (Craig) Hoffman of South St. Paul, Amy (Tim) Schmitt of Albany and Molly (Dwight) Kohout of Albany; grandchildren, Jack Hoffman, Alex, Jeremiah, Hannah, Billy and TJ Schmitt, Maddy, Emma and Natalie Kohout; mother, Dorothy Lehner of Albany; brothers, Ken (Lue) Lehner of Winsted, Greg (Gail) Lehner of Sauk Centre and James (Margie) Lehner of Albany; sisters, Diane (Ron) Nelson of Spicer and Lois Thul of Savage.

Loren was preceded in death by his father, Alois Lehner in 2003.

Serving as casket bearers will be Alex Schmitt, Luke Lehner, Jeff Lehner, Wade Rodenwald, Andrew Thul and Gail Hoffmann.  Honorary bearer will be Nancy Rahn.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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