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William James Lehr, known affectionately as Jimmy, passed away peacefully on October 2, 2023, at Centura St. Anthony Hospital Lakewood, Colorado after a long battle with kidney failure. Born on January 13, 1943, in Cleveland, Ohio, Jimmy was the beloved son of the late William Lowell Lehr and Margaret Ona Lehr (Barragee), late wife LaVon E. Lehr and the late cherished brother in-law Kevin Heidt and nephew Derrick Heidt.
While serving in U.S. Navy, Jimmy had the privilege of appearing in one episode of the U.S. Navy Blue Angles.
Jimmy was a journeyman lineman for Local Union No. 111 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, His colleagues remember him as a dedicated professional known for his commitment and hard work, retiring in 2011 after 40 years of service. Jimmy traveled across the United States most of his career working installing high power service lines and Amtrak sub-stations installations.
In addition to his work, Jimmy had a deep love for hunting, fishing, drag racing, music, movies and weekend football. He found peace in the simple act of hunting and casting a line into the water and waiting for a bite, and he often found inspiration in the quiet solitude of nature.
Jimmy is survived by his son Jeremiah Lehr sisters and brothers, Margaret and Lyle Abitz, Debbie Heidt, Jack and Barbara Lehr, Larry and Roseann Lehr, and Mike and Georgia Lehr. He was a beloved uncle to Shawn Lehr, Tina Skees, Tonya Mertens, Lori West, Amy Rohr, Melanie Brown, Nicole Adams, Brian Heidt, Tim Heidt, Briana Dudley and Greg Lehr. Each of them holds cherished memories of their time with Jimmy.
While we mourn his loss, we also celebrate the life of William James "Jimmy" Lehr. He was a man who lived fully and loved deeply. His spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those he touched. He will be deeply missed, but his memory will live on, a reminder of a life well-lived and a man well-loved.
“Each time we embrace a memory of Jimmy we meet again… for the heart never forgets”
I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave and echo,
whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times, and laughing times,
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve
to day before the sun…
of happy memories that I leave
when my life is done.