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Harold Edward Lechner

Obituary Information

Service Details


Friday, June 22, 2018

4:00-7:00 p.m.

Worlein Funeral Home
Austin, Minnesota

*Also one hour prior to the service at the church




Saturday. June 23, 2018

11:00 a.m.

Oakland Lutheran Church


Oakland Lutheran Cemetery
At a Later Date


American Legion Post 91
V.F.W. Post 1216


Harold E. Lechner, age 86 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.  Harold Edward was born at home on June 7, 1932 in Freeborn, Minnesota to George and Cora (Peterson) Lechner.  Harold attended Austin schools through the 9th grade, then began working as a farm hand for Bill Lyle.  In 1957 Harold married Lucille Olson at Oakland Lutheran Church.  Harold entered military service in the United States Army on November 20th 1957.  He was stationed for fourteen months at Ft. Bliss Army Base in El Paso, Texas.  It was there that Harold met another army recruit by the name of Elvis Presley and had the opportunity to visit with Elvis during Elvis’s two weeks on the base.  Harold was later stationed at Ft. Chaffee Maneuver Training Center in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.  He then was moved to Fort Richardson in Anchorage Alaska where he was honorable discharge from his military service on January 21, 1959 and Harold returned home to be with Lucille the couple was together for 25 years and had one daughter Brenda. They later divorced.  When he returned home, he began driving semi for Red Owl. He was able to rent farm land, and also began farming at that time.  Harold later drove semi for Jensen’s Transport, then Barry Jacobson Trucking in Albert Lea.  Harold had an opportunity to move into his mother’s house, in Oakland and continued to farm.  In 1982, he quit farming and resumed his trucking career until his retirement.  During his retirement Harold worked in maintenance at the Cedars of Austin. He enjoyed collecting John Deere tractors and showing his tractors at the Mower County Fair.  Harold was a longtime member of Oakland Lutheran Church, and a member of the Austin Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 703.  He also enjoyed showing his 1955 and 1968 Ford Mustangs.

Harold is survived by his daughter Brenda (Louis) Schilman of Le Sueur, MN; companion Arlene Vanek of Glenville, MN; grandchildren Lucretia (Lio Anchondo) Wilder and Shane Schilman; greatgrandchildren Bailey, Mercedes, Madison, and Meyah; step-greatgrandchildren Gavin and Joanna; sister-in-law Marlene Lechner of Austin; former sister-in-law Marjorie Stonecypher; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Gorge and Cora Lechner; brothers Dean Lechner, and Earl (Beverly) Lechner; sister Joyce Zech.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Oakland Lutheran Church with Reverend Waldemar Gies officiating.  Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 P.M. at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and will continue Saturday morning for one hour prior to services at the church.  Interment will be at the Oakland Lutheran Cemetery.  Memorials preferred to Oakland Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.  Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.



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