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June 24, 1940 – April 21, 2020

Kenneth Otto Lehner, age 79 of Winsted passed away at his residence on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

He was born on June 24, 1940 in Krain Township, near Albany, Minnesota the son of Alois and Dorothy (Klug) Lehner.

He was baptized on July 7, 1940 at Evangelical Ebenezer Church.

Ken was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on April 11, 1954 at Evangelical Ebenezer Church.

He honorably served his Country in the United States Army Reserves.

On November 18, 1961, Kenneth O. Lehner and Luella E. Lemke were joined in holy marriage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farming Township, Stearns County, Minnesota by Reverend Gene Merrill.   God blessed their marriage with three sons.

Ken was employed for many years at Sterner Lighting in Winsted as a welder and shop supervisor.

Ken loved his family!   He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was a faithful member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.  Ken formerly served as Church Treasurer, Elder, on the Board of Education and as a Sunday School Teacher.

Survived by his loving wife of fifty-eight years: Luella “Lue” Lehner; children: Jeff ( Patty) Lehner of Waverly, Brian (Cindy) Lehner of Hayward, Wisconsin and Tim (Catherine) Lehner of Mayer; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren; siblings: Diane (Ron) Nelson of Spicer, Greg (Gail) Lehner of Sauk Centre, Lois Thul of Prior Lake and Jim (Margie) Lehner of Avon; a sister-in-law: Sharon Lehner of Albany; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Alois and Dorothy (Klug) Lehner and by a brother Loren Lehner.

A Memorial Service for Kenneth “Ken” Lehner will be held on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.   Pastor Dave Hormann will officiate.   Special Music by Bruce Gatz and Keyboard will be Whitney Heinen.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 27th at the church from 9:00 A.M. until time of services.

Interment was held at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Farming Township, Minnesota.

Honorary Casket Bearer were: Treyton Frisbie.

Casket Bearers were: Cameron Lehner & Emily Gabur, Heather & Brandon Smith, Collin Lehner, Brant Mangrich, Rian Mangrich and Kira Frisbie.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made to



9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Glenn & Ellen Weibel

    It is truly the loss of a good friend – The usual comment “he will be missed” is so very true in Ken’s case. Always a smile and willing to lend a hand.

  2. Cory Baumann

    My deepest sympathy to your family. I knew Kenny briefly and worked with Jeff. Sincerely, Crusher

  3. Dean & Paulette Jopp

    My deepest sympathy to your family. Kenny always had a warm and welcoming smile. God bless.

  4. Patricia Schoephoerster

    I am truly sorry Lou. Your family and you have my deepest sympathy. I only have pleasant memories of your family and mine.

  5. Marcie Tuma

    My heart goes out to you and the family. I worked with Ken for many years when Sterner Lighting was open. Good times and lots of memories to remember. Deepest sympathy.

  6. Theresa Wemhoff

    Lou and family; I am so sad to hear that Kenny passed away. He is one person I will never forget. Please accept my families condolences. May he fly with the eagles. Theresa and Art Wemhoff

  7. Carol Kappel and family

    Our sympathy to you Lue, and your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  8. Lynne (Kruger) Lahr

    Lu; My sincere sympathy to you and your family. We were all blessed to know Ken, and, you as well. One of my favorite memories of you BOTH was at a Sterner Christmas Party, when you and Ken were spinning around the Blue Note dance floor, doing a polka. He was having a great time! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Lynne (Kruger) Lahr

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family. One of my favorite memories of you BOTH is at a Sterner Christmas party, spinning around the dance floor, doing a polka! Thoughts and prayers.


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