Service Date: April 18th, 2019 11:00AM
Service Location: The River Community Church, Ellerslie Road, Edmonton
Kevin Lehman, treasured husband of Kelly, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on April 8, 2019. He spent his last day on earth working with his cows on his beloved farm. He was 60 years old.
Kevin was born at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton on November 25, 1958. He grew up on a small farm near Ryley and accepted Jesus as his Saviour at the age of 13. In 1973, a tractor accident took the life of Kevin’s sister Rita. Just when things were settling down, his father Marvin’s life was taken in another farming accident in 1978. His mother Dolores sold the farm and moved to the town of Tofield. In 1982 she married Jacob Eckert, and Lillian, Eric, and Ron became siblings to Kevin, Rose, and Wes.
In 1981, at the age of 22, Kevin married Kelly Lynn Morris. Over the next seven years, they were blessed with four children: Ron, Rebecca, Ben, & Karina. They bought a small farm near Lindbrook where they lived for eight years before moving to Tofield. The children have fond memories of life in Tofield, living on “Hallelujah street” where their neighbours included five other families from Tofield Gospel Church, all who had children of similar ages. The kids loved playing street hockey, soccer, sledding, trampolining & riding bikes with the other kids in the community. Kevin was very involved with his kids’ activities as chauffeur, assistant hockey coach for Ben’s hockey team, riding in local gymkhanas with his daughters, as well as supporting 4-H projects.
The family enjoyed annual trips in both winter and summer seasons to William Watson Lodge in Kananaskis. Activities included cross country skiing, snowboarding, sledding and Mountain Biking. One spring Kevin found a group of young adults swimming in the middle of Lower Kananaskis Lake. The lake temperatures were much too cold for swimming and they were way too far from shore. He joined a group of men who swam into the lake, forming a chain to try to save them. They were able to save three of the four young adults, and Kevin received the St Johns Ambulance Life Saving award.
Kevin dedicated his life to helping others in any and every possible way, including providing care for dozens of children, sometimes for just a weekend, sometimes for longer periods. In 2007 Angel Ingram joined the family, and lived on the farm for the next 9 years. On February 16, 2017 a baby girl was born to one of these extended family members. At that time, Kevin & Kelly were contacted by her Aunt Carla, and without hesitation, they welcomed Dahlia McCauley into the family, whom they have now adopted.
A key part of Kevin’s mission has always been helping children and families visit the farm and spend time appreciating nature, animals and farm life. This included Welcome Home community, church community, neighbors, egg/milk customers and really, anyone who stopped by. No matter who you were, if you stopped by the farm during chores or meal time, you were invited to participate.
The second commitment in Kevin’s life was Commercial Trenching, where he worked for over 35 years, both as a mechanic and equipment operator.
In addition to spending time with family, friends, and his job, Kevin was active in the church, from his upbringing at Salem, to Tofield Gospel Church, then Church on 99th, and most recently with the River church in Edmonton. As part of the River’s Serve team, Kevin & Kelly went on missions trips to Guatemala and Zambia.
Kevin will be forever remembered for his generosity, kindness, gentle spirit, and loyalty to his family, friends, employer and church.
Kevin was predeceased by his parents Marvin (1978), Dolores (2017), and sister Rita (1973). Left to cherish his memory are: children Ron (Erika), Rebecca, Ben (Anita), Karina (Trevor) Dunn, Angel, Dahlia; and four grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan, Melody, Skyler; sister Rose (Harry) Borkent, brother Wes (Lois), stepfather Jacob Eckert, step sister Lillian (John) Duenk, step brothers Eric (Sheila) Eckert, and Ron (Bonnie) Eckert along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at the River Community Church, Thursday, April 18th, at 11 a.m.
Donations in lieu of flowers could be sent to a Daddy Fund set up to assist Dahlia with some of the things that a Daddy would provide for her. For further information on the “Daddy fund”, please contact Kevin’s sister, Rose Borkent at email@example.com