DES MOINES, IOWA — Friends, family and loved ones gathered on Tuesday in Des Moines to say a final farewell to a husband and wife killed nine days ago by an alleged drunk driver. Fred Lehman, 76, and his wife Mary, 79, were driving home from church when their car was struck by a speeding Camaro. The Lehmans were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Camaro, 18-year-old Kameron Wright, now faces the possibility of life imprisonment after allegedly admitting to authorities that he was on drugs before he got behind the wheel.
Tuesday night the family held the visitation from 5-8 p.m., with the funeral service at New Hope Assembly of God at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The Lehmans were loved by members of the community and members of the church. Mary and Fred were married for 57 years and were devoted in their faith and service to others. The Lehmans spent the longest amount of time at Bethel Open Bible in Des Moines, starting at the church back in 1994.
“Fred I don’t think ever knew a stranger and if you were a stranger, he would make sure you were a friend right away,” said Bart Logan, a case management supervisor with Hope Ministries at Door of Faith. “I think daily God poured into them and then they would go about their day pouring that out for others…they felt the call to ministry and serving together and, quite frankly, serving a segment of our population that most people probably shy away from a lot of times or don’t know what to do or how to service those people.”
Logan worked with Fred for 18 years in Des Moines. Logan referred to him as a father-figure and someone he would go to for advice daily.
Fred and Mary had four children. Lyndsay Lehman shared with WHO 13 News what the last nine days have been full of tears, but reminders of the true impact her parents had on the community.
“People think ‘this is my life and I’ll do what I want with my life’, but our lives our bigger than ourselves and they go forward and when you do it the right way you do leave a legacy,” said Lehman. “Mom and Dad did that in ways that I think would astound them.”
Lehman said that the family is focusing on all the good memories and moments they enjoyed all together. She mentioned that so many individuals were reaching out, explaining the impact her parents had on them and how that has been helping the family in the grieving process.
The funeral service will be streamed, you can find it at this link.