Max Eugene Lehner

August 9, 1928 ~ January 11, 2021 (age 92)

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Max Eugene Lehner, age 92, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021. 

He was born August 9, 1928, in Marion, Ohio. Max was the youngest son of eight children to the late George Joseph Lehner and Grace Marie Blair. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in Ohio, June of 1948. He served two years in the Coast Guard in the Pacific region during WWII. During his 37-year tenure at General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC), he held various management positions in Mansfield, Columbus, Lima, and Akron, Ohio, Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan and retired from Atlanta, Georgia in 1989 to Lake Lure, NC. While in Lake Lure and Rutherford County, he served on numerous boards including Environmental Development Council (EDC) and the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) before being elected in Lake Lure Councilman and mayor of Lake Lure for two terms. During his tenure as mayor, the townhall was erected in Lake Lure. Due to his first wife's illness, he moved to Rutherfordton while continuing on several boards as well as chairman of Isothermal Planning and Development Commission (IPDC). He was a member of the Advent Lutheran Church in Spindale, member of the 32-degree Masons and Scottish Rite. Beginning in Mansfield, Ohio, he belonged to the Masons for 65 years and served as secretary and treasurer for several years. In various cities in which he lived, he was a Rotarian and was a Dale Carnegie instructor in Columbus, Ohio. He enjoyed watching Duke basketball, Ohio State University football, NASCAR especially Jeff Gordan and attending concerts sponsored by the Isothermal Community College. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 57 years, Betty Lou Hart of Mansfield, Ohio, and third wife Alice Chenoweth Collins Lehner of Rutherfordton, NC, three brothers, Carl, Ray, and Paul, two sisters, Mary Catherine, and Elenore of Marion, OH, and one daughter, Sydney M. Kraushaar of Apex, NC. 

Survivors include, one brother, Curtis M. Lehner (Garnet) of Mansfield, Ohio, one sister, Hazel Cusick of Marion, Ohio, one daughter, Patricia D. Love (Edward) of Warren, Ohio. Four grandchildren, Colonel Bryan M. Love (Amanda) of U.S. Army Europe, Brice E. Love (Robyn) of Columbus, Ohio, Hali E. Abruzzo (Mark) of Pepper Pike, Ohio, Lindsay B. Ruffini of Falls Church, Virginia. Ten great grandchildren, Brayden, Jack, and Elijah Love (Bryan), Jacob and Andrew Love (Brice), Natalie and Anthony Abruzzo (Hali), and Aiden, Ella and Madaline Ruffini (Lindsay). 

Interment will be at Glendale Union Cemetery, Cardington, OH. In lieu of flowers, due to COVID-19, the family has requested that donations be made to your local food bank.  Arrangements at Gompf Funeral Home in Ohio are, calling hours will be on Monday, January 18, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The funeral will begin at 11:00 AM and the burial will be in the Glendale Union cemetery with full military honors. An online guest register is available at McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of local arrangements.

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