Monday, November 23, 2020

Louise M. Coates, 94

Scio, NY - Louise M. Coates, 94, of 4078 Pine Street passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital, one day shy of her 95th birthday. She was born November 22, 1925 in Rexville, NY the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Keegan) Birmingham. On November 18, 1948 in  Rexville she married Ralph Coates who predeceased her on February 22, 2013.

Louise has resided in Scio for several years, and was formerly employed by National Fuel Gas, retiring in 1987. She enjoyed walking, reading, watching the Buffalo Bills, and visiting with her many friends in the Scio community.

She is survived by her son, Gerry Coates of Solvang, California, two granddaughters, Megan (Brian) Ricci of Solvang, California, and Arin (Billy) Meade of Oakley, Utah, two great granddaughters, Brooklyn and Hannah Ricci, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by three sisters, Gertrude McCormick, Mary Francisco, and Helen Murphy, and three brothers, Donald, Robert,  and Lynn Birmingham.

A private graveside service is being planned for a later date at Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Scio Memorial Library, or Fairlawn Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit

James A. Colegrove, 78

Allegany, NY - James A. Colegrove, 78, of 4032 Mediterranean Drive passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Cuba Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born July 1, 1942 in Wellsville the son of Wendell X. and Adelene (Miller) Colegrove. On June 9, 1962 in Wellsville he married Gail E. Miller who survives.

Jim was raised in Wellsville, and was a 1959 graduate of Wellsville High School. He graduated from Alfred State College in 1962, and Rochester Institute of Technology in 1970. He was an engineer for Burroughs Corporation in Rochester for 1962 to 1974, and for Burroughs in Salisbury, MD from 1974 to 1982. He moved to Allegany in 1982, and worked for Dexter Corporation in Olean until his retirement in 2001. He was a great family man.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Terri (Dave) Randall of Ischua, and Jennifer (Tex) Crider of Shippenville, PA, a son, Richard (Betty) Colegrove of Warrenton, VA, four granddaughters, Ashley Hall, Kyla (Lance) Tronetti, Lauren Colegrove and Tessa Crider, three grandsons, Colin Crider, Andrew Colegrove, and Noah Randall, three great-grandchildren, Sophia and Vanessa Tronetti, and Adelaide Hall, four sisters, Patricia (Richard) Welch of Geneseo, Mary Hopkins of Columbia, SC, Marge McEnroe of Allentown, NY, and Barb (Kevin) Rowe of Australia, one brother, Thomas (Jean) Colegrove of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Maryann Colegrove of Porterville, CA, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a brother, Rol Colegrove in 2011.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany Fire Department and Allegany Rescue.  To leave online condolences, please visit

Joanne C. Brandes, 85

Wellsville, NY - Joanne C. Brandes, 85, of Fassett Lane passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born Joanne Catherine Herman on December 23, 1934, in Wellsville, the daughter of August and Catherine (Arnold) Herman. On Aug. 26, 1961, in Wellsville, she married  Karlton Brandes with whom she celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary prior to his passing on April 18, 2012.

Joanne was a 1953 graduate of Wellsville High School, a 1958 graduate of Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and a 1977 graduate of Alfred University with a master’s degree in Elementary Education.

Joanne was a compassionate lifelong teacher who was employed by Wellsville Central Schools from 1977 to 1992, as a Reading Specialist. Prior to marriage, she taught in Chattanooga TN (1956-1957), Bristol CT (1958-1960) and Plainview Long Island (1960-1961).  After retirement, she enjoyed traveling, camping, canoeing, hiking, playing the violin, volunteering with the Allegany County Mental Health Association, delivering Allegany County Meals on Wheels, and helping Habitat for Humanity.

She was an active member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, where she lovingly and joyfully served our Lord in many capacities.

She is survived by her children Mark (Sheila Garvey) Brandes of Titusville, FL., Paul (Anne Marie Hinkle) Brandes of Waynesboro PA., Christopher (Tamara Hile) Brandes of Sebastian FL., and Jonathan (Lori Cole) Brandes of Wellsville. Her precious grandchildren:  Morgan, Cassidy, Hannah, Abigail, Ava, Emily, Evelyn, Teagin and Tiernee Brandes, and a great granddaughter, Alice.  She will be also missed by her nieces, nephews and many special friends.

She was predeceased in addition to her parents, husband, by her brothers, Bruce and James Herman; and her sister, Janet Herman Lang.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Shepherd of the Valley Church, or to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Friday, November 20, 2020

Jack W. Bilby, 69

Wellsville, NY - Jack W. Bilby, 69, formerly of 3711 County Road 28, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Absolut of Houghton, with his loving friend Lauren at his side. He was born on May 4, 1951 in Wellsville, the son of the late Woodrow and Helen (Dixon) Bilby. On September 28, 1984 in Wellsville he married the former Sandra Gray who predeceased him on November 29, 2015. 

Jack was raised in Wellsville, and was formerly employed by Allegany Arc. He also was a handyman who enjoyed painting houses, and working for Papa Louie's Concessions during the summer months. 

Surviving  are two daughters, Michelle (Martin) Seamans of Olean and Helen Bilby of Wellsville; one granddaughter, Aubree Seamans; siblings, Robert (Tammy) Bilby, Lonnie (Nikki) Bilby, Clyde Bilby, Floyd (Donna) Bilby, Fred Bilby, Frank (Debra) Bilby, Lena Bilby, Mable (Bruce Weber); sister-in-law Joyce Bilby; and several nieces and nephews. 

Jack was predeceased in addition to his parents and his wife by three brothers John, William “Bill”, and Woodrow “Woody”.

A memorial service is being planned, and will be announced at a later date. Please  consider memorial donations to the Crosstown Alliance Church, 450 N. Highland Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Gregory R. Winterhalter, 59

Belmont, NY - Gregory R. Winterhalter, 59, of 84 Greenwich Street, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on November 8, 1961 in Wellsville, NY the son of  John “Jack” and Helen (Whitney) Winterhalter. 

Greg was raised in Belmont and was a 1980 graduated of Belmont Central School. He was employed by the Laidlaw Shop in Belmont; Great Lakes Cheese in Cuba for twenty years; and most recently was a foreman for the Village of Belmont until his death. Greg was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 808, a life member of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department, and an avid hunter. 

He is survived by: his companion, Ellen Graham of Belmont; three sons, Joshua Winterhalter of Winter Park, FL, Josh Graham of Wellsville, and Jacob Winterhalter of Belmont; three grandchildren; his parents, Jack and Helen Winterhalter of Belmont; a sister, Mary Jo (Michael Trivisondoli) Healey of Angelica, a brother, Jeffery (Christa Zenoski) Winterhalter of Belmont; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and his beloved black lab Zoey. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be private and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to Amity Rescue or the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit 

Friday, November 13, 2020

David C. Graves Sr., 85

Wellsville, NY - David C. Graves Sr., 85, of Wellsville, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020. He was born in Wellsville on October 8, 1935 the son of the late Richard and Eleanor Graves. In 1956 he married his wife, Ruth Henry. 

Dave was a 1954 Wellsville High School graduate. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United State Air Force; where he had an illustrious twenty-year career in which he earned the rank Senior Master Sargent. He loved serving his country and held many different assignments during his time in the service. He served in the Korean War and served two tours in Vietnam. He often talked about being assigned to the Air Commando's and his duty in Ethiopia training the local military. In fact, being station at McCord Air Force Base in Washington was how Dave met his wife Ruth. After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, Dave brought his family to his home, Allegany County – the place he loved. In February of 1977, he married Janice Dickerson. Dave then managed the Kwik Fill gas stations for twenty-six years. 

Dave is survived by: his daughter Vikki Kruger of Florida; his son Marty (Amy) Graves of South Dakota; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: His wife, Ruth; and his son Dave Jr. 

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, a graveside memorial service will be held at a later date. Dave will be buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Friendship, NY, next to his wife Ruth Graves. To leave online condolences please visit 

Sharon Northup Evans

Wellsville, NY - Sharon Northup Evans, formerly of the Stannards Road, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 with her family by her side. She was born in Hornell, the daughter of the late Kenneth W. and Dora E. (Miller) Northup. On January 15, 1966 in Webster, NY she married Burt Evans, who survives. 

Sharon was raised in Hornell and graduated from Arkport Central School. She was first employed at Day's Grocery in Hornell, and later as a nurse's aide at several nursing homes in the Hornell and Wellsville area. In 1980 she moved to Wellsville, and was an active member of the Riverside Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and meeting her friends for lunch at McDonald's and Burger King. 

She is survived by: her husband, Burt; a daughter, Susan L. Evans of Geneseo; a brother, James (Sharon) Northup of Wayne, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Sharon was predeceased by: a daughter, Dorie Evans in 1988. 

A private Graveside service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo, NY.  To leave online condolences please visit 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Carlton Clifford Sekoll

Greenwood, NY - Carlton Clifford Sekoll, 80, of Banks Hollow Road, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was born on November 4, 1940 in the family farm house in the town of Willing, NY the son of the late John H. and Frances (Barhight) Sekoll. He was married to Priscilla Duell who predeceased him on August 18, 2007. 

Carlton was a long time resident of Greenwood, he graduated from Immaculate Conception School and Wellsville Central High School. He was a self-employed dairy farmer who also made maple syrup and maple candy. He also harvested ash tree bolts and sold them to Portville Handle Company for tool handles. For a time he was employed by Corning Glass. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and FFA. Carlton loved farming, maple syrup, hunting, fishing, spending time with his kids, grandchildren, and whoever would listen. 

He is survived by: five sons, Clifford (Heather) Johnson of Crawford, FL, Michael Johnson of Greenwood, Timothy (Sadie Mast) Sekoll of Greenwood, John Sekoll of Greenwood, and Carl (Angela Sherman) Sekoll of Greenwood; two daughters Lisa (Roger Smith) Elharem of Pittsburgh, PA, and Frances Sekoll of Greenwood and her four children; several granchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother Fred Sekoll of Greenwood; a sister Ada Cavagna of Shongo; a sister-in-law Linda Miller of Fillmoe and Jessie Sekoll of Wellsville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Priscilla, Carlton was predeceased by: two daughters, Skyler Sekoll and Eva Sekoll; two brothers, John Sekoll, and Richard Sekoll; a sister Margaret Maxwell; a special brother-in-law and best friend, Roger Miller. 

Friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service on Monday, November 16, at 10:00am at the family Cemetery off of Banks Hollow Road. The family would like to give special thanks to his caregivers, Angie Sherman, and Sadie Mast. Please consider memorials donations to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Richard H. Miess, 93

Belmont, NY - Richard H. Miess, 93, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born in Wellsville on February 18, 1927 the son of the late Harry G. and Leonora (Flisher) Miess. On November 27, 1949, in Whitesville, he married Helen Grover, who predeceased him on June 11, 2020.

Richard was raised in Belmont, and was a 1944 graduate of Belmont High School. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the United States Navy where he earned the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. He was a life member of Sampson WWII Navy Veterans, Inc. and was the District Representative for the organization. Richard returned to Allegany County where he led a full and community oriented life. From 1951 to 1969 he was employed by the Allegany County Highway Department of Engineers; he then became a Surveying Instructor for Alfred State College from 1969 until 1988. Outside of his employment, he was; a radio announcer for WLSV Radio in Wellsville; a life member, past president, and Captain of the Fire Police of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department, where he dedicated 56 years of service; he was Past Master of  the Belmont Masonic Lodge during their 100 year celebration of the Lodge Charter; a member of Herbert DeLong American Legion Post #808 where he held office of Adjutant; a member of the Amity Rescue Squad; and a part time Police Officer for the Village of Belmont. He served as the Amity Town Justice from 1961 to 1969, Town Supervisor from 1969 to 1989, Allegany County Legislator from 1989 to 1993, and was an Honoree of the Town of Amity/Village of Belmont Republican Club. 

Richard is survived by: three daughters, Leonora “Lonnie” (Thomas) Margeson, Corrinne (Scott) Kushner, and Noelle (Ray) DeTine; five grandchildren, Thomas Margeson, AdreAnn (D.J.) Barnhardt, Katrina (Erik) Hale, Zachary (Holly) DeTine, and Aidan (Sydney Keesler) DeTine; five great-grandchildren, Eliana Margeson, Cameron Barnhardt, Austin Barnhardt, Elliott Hale, and Charlotte Hale; a sister-in-law, Gloria Miess; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife of 70 years, he was predeceased by, a brother, David Miess. 

A private Graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Please consider memorial donations to The Belmont Free Library, the Amity Rescue Squad, or the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit  

Wanda M. (King) Norris, 88

Wellsville, NY - Wanda M. (King) Norris, 88, of 3420 Baldwin Road Wellsville, died in Houghton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Houghton on Monday November 9, 2020.

She was born September 25, 1932 in Wellsville New York, the daughter of Donald and Bernice (Peet) King.

Growing up, Wanda was an accomplished skater at Funland Skating Rink.  She graduated from Wellsville School and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict where she was an instrument mechanic at Mather Air Force Base.  She also attended Alfred State Agricultural and Technical College.  During her lifetime, she worked at the Fassett House, Motorola in Arcade, and worked many years at Jones Memorial Hospital as a lab technician, retiring in May 1995. 

Wanda was an active member in community activities while raising her boys.  She was a longtime member of the Wellsville American Legion Post #702 where, in the past, she was Commander twice, and also served as 1st Vice Commander and Membership Chairman, as well as 2nd Vice Commander and 3rd Vice Commander during her membership with the Post.  She was recognized in 2014 by Legion Post # 702 for her forty-six years of service with Post #702.

She loved camping and traveling and enjoyed time spent with friends and relatives. Wanda's personality was larger than life and her presence in the room was always immense.  There was never a dull moment when “Wicked Wanda” was around –  a nickname which fit her personality to a “T”.  Wanda was exceptionally proud of her accomplishments in life (she wrote the majority of this obituary herself!) and of her family.

She is survived by two sons, Donald (Svetlana) Norris of Casper, WY and Scott Norris of Wellsville, as well as one granddaughter, Janelle (Joseph) Young and three great-grandsons, Noah Windus, Evan Windus and Cooper Young, all of Angelica.  Also surviving are several aunts and cousins.  A very important part of her life for many years was Lewis Jackson, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, a son Terry Norris, her longtime companion Lewis A. Jackson, and her beloved pet Luci.

Memorials may be made to Wellsville American Legion Post #702, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Service arrangements are for a Graveside Service with full military honors with the American Legion Post #702 Honor Guard, on Monday, November 16, 2020 in Woodlawn Cemetery (276 S. Main Street, Wellsville, NY), at 10:00am. To leave online condolences please visit 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Louella M. Reuning, 93

Wellsville, NY - Louella M. Reuning, 93, formerly of 27 School Street passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Highland Park Rehabatation and Nursing Center from complications of Covid. She was born on January 26, 1927 in Brockway, PA, the daughter of Wade and Edna (Dull) Weirich. On July 13, 1946, in Wellsville, she married H. John “Jack” Reuning who predeceased her on June 22, 2004.

Louella was a graduate of Brockway High School. She was formerly employed at  Worthington Corporation, Reuning's Bakery, and was a beloved Lunch Lady at the Wellsville Elementary School  cafeteria for 20 years, retiring in 1995.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: her son, John Reuning IV; her siblings, Frances Lynady, Albert “Bud” Weirich, Charles “Jim” Weirich, Erma Smith, and Donald “Pete” Weirich. 

Friends are invited to a Graveside Service on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 10:00 am in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street, in Wellsville with Rev. Carol Stewart presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the SPCA Serving Allegany County, or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Iris Bahamonde, 86

Wellsville, NY - Iris Bahamonde died after a courageous, albeit short battle with COVID-19. She is pre-deceased by her youngest son Samuel Perez and by her first and beloved husband Pedro Perez. She is survived by her eldest son Pedro Perez & his wife; her grandchildren Yasmine Perez, and Aramis Bahamonde Perez and his wife; her great grandchild Alejandro Nelson Perez.

This valiant women lifted herself and her two boys out of poverty through her amazing fortitude and resilience. That effort allowed her grandchildren and great grandchildren not to face the trauma of poverty.

She was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1934; arrived in New York City in 1949, after being essentially homeless in Puerto Rico because her mother died when Iris was only two years old. Her father, who was a merchant Marine was nearly always at sea. When her merchant marine father remarried more than a decade later, she went to live with him in Spanish Harlem.

Soon, she was nearly homeless again with two sons after divorcing. Determined to have a better life she earned her GED, then an associate degree in nursing becoming a LPN. She went on to earn a Baccalaureate degree in nursing becoming a registered nurse, and before retiring she had earned a Master’s degree and worked as an administrator of nursing at a large NYC hospital.

She was an accomplished martial artist; highly skilled in the “Art of the Flying Chancleta.” No matter where in the neighborhood me or my brother were misbehaving that slipper would find us; whack us, and boomerang back to my mom’s foot. She had ESP and a great sense of humor, laughing as we rubbed our heads where the slipper landed.

She loved gardening and had a wonderful garden of flowers and vegetables adorning her small front and back yards. She traveled to China; where she participated in a nursing forum. She was a foster parent to many children. She was paying forward the gifts she had received; helping others to succeed.

She was always impeccably quaffed; often wearing colorful hats to top off her beautiful outfits.

The family will hold a private grave side service. Family suggests memorial donations to  BrightFocus Foundation-supporting scientists in their search for a cure for Alzheimer’s. To leave on-line condolences, go to

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Hark”, “Big Guy”, Harkenrider, 70

Wellsville, NY - David A. “Hark”, “Big Guy”, Harkenrider, 70, of Niles Hill Rd, died on November 4, 2020 at home. He was born May 4, 1950 in Wellsville, the son of the late Arling “Shot” and Daisy (Sherman) Harkenrider. On July 16, 1994, in Wellsville, he married Karen R. Neely who predeceased him in 2009.

Dave was raised in Wellsville and was a 1969 graduate of Wellsville High School, and a graduate of Alfred State College. He was employed by First Trust Union Bank of Wellsville, Casey Optical, and Bokman’s of Wellsville for many years, retiring in 2020.

Hark enjoyed bowling, golf, and watching college baseball. He also served many years on the board for Allegany Arc including the position of board president. He was recently inducted into the Twin Tiers USBC Association Hall of Fame and a member of the 40-year club.

Dave is survived by cherished friends Beth Ludden, Barb & Ron Lanphier, and Jim Marble. Big Guy was loved by his niece, Jenn Lanphier, her daughter Hailey, his nephew, Scott (Kendra) Lanphier, their children Abbie, Hunter, and Kennedy, and his “Assistant Coach” Michael (Melissa) Stawski of Texas. 

He is also survived by two step-children: Melissa (Joseph) Blaicher of Oakland, TN; and Bradley (Christina) Ostrander, and their daughter, Sloane, of Wellsville. He enjoyed many cherished friendships, including his faithful dog Stanley. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his beloved son, Mark Christopher in 2006.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, November 6, 2020 from 4pm-8pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Please consider Memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit 

Wilma P. Blouvet, 84

Wellsville, NY - Wilma P. Blouvet, 84, formerly of Scio, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at the Highland Park Care Center in Wellsville. She was born in Wellsville, on April 5, 1936 the daughter of the late William and Ruby E. (Rogers) Margeson. On May 18, 1954, in Scio, she married Richard L. Blouvet Sr, who predeceased her in 2016. 

Wilma was raised in Scio and attended Scio Central Schools. She was employed at ACME Electric in Hinsdale,and Wellsville Manor Care Center. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, baking, and watching both the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabers . 

She is survived by: two sons Richard L. (Tina) Blouvet Jr. of Cuba, and William L. (Kathy) Blouvet of Scio; three daughters, Barbara M. (Jim) Fanton, of Wellsville, Rebecca L. (Mike) Washer of Ellington, NY, and Roxanne L. Blouvet of Wellsville; twenty-one grandchildren; forty-seven great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Margeson of Lake Norman, NC, and John Margeson, of Washington; two sisters, Barbara Lee of Minnesota, and Donna Howe of Maryland; as well as several neices and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: a sister, Dorthea Austin; and four brothers, Baby Margeson, George Margeson, and the twins, Donald and Ronald Margeson. 

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 3:00pm in the Knights Creek Cemetery, 2987 Co. Rd. 9, Scio, NY, with Rev. Elva Cornell presiding. In lieu of flowers please consider donations be made to the Highland Park Recreation Fund, 160 Seneca Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Edward B. Lehman, age 88

Belmont, NY - Edward B. Lehman, age 88, of the State Route 244 passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at the Highland Park Heath Care Center. He was born on July 30, 1932 in Wellsville to the late William and Lena (Strong) Lehman. On March 22, 1952 he married Mary Helen James who predeceased him on February 26, 2009.

Ed was a long time resident of Belmont who attended Wellsville Central Schools. He served honorably in the US Navy from 1951 until 1955. Afterwords he was employed by C.E. Air prheater where he retired from after 30 years. He was a long time active member of the First Baptist Church of Belmont where he served as a Deacon and rang the church bell. He loved to fish,especially fly fishing, and was a former member of the Amity Rescue Squad. Ed loved spending time with his family, reminiscing and telling stories.

He is survived by 4 sons; Jim (Shirley) Lehman of Ashland, OH., Leo (Judy) Lehman of Ashland, OH., Jeffery Lehman of Ashland, OH., Jerry Lehman of Belmont; 2 daughters, Jane (Brian) Baker of Savanna, OH., and Julie Lehman of Belmont; 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; a brother Robert ( Winnie) Lehman of Wellsville; 2 sisters in law, Arlene Lehman and Doris Ann Lehman; several nieces and nephews.

Ed was predeceased by his parents; his wife Mary Helen; 3 brothers, Terry, Donny, and Bill; a sister, Nancy Kiefer.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 2-4 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Ed's funeral service will be a private family service at the First Baptist Church of Belmont with Pastor Duane Broadwell presiding. His burial with full military honors will be held in Forest Hills Cemetery of Belmont. Memorials in Ed's name may be made to the First Baptist Church of Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit