June 01, 2016
- 7:00 pm
June 01, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
June 02, 2016
- 1:00 PM
William Thomas Lechner, born October 28, 1930 to Bertus H. and Ida G. (Thompson) Lechner in Fargo, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016.
Bill graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1948 and attended North Dakota Agricultural College. He married Geraldine Y. Trom from Kindred, ND in 1952 and they made their home Fargo.
He worked in the insurance industry for many years before retiring. He was a lifelong active member of Olivet Lutheran Church.
He was a Mason and member of El Zagal Shrine, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Eagles, and the Sons of Norway.
He was married for 64 years to Geraldine (Jerry) Trom Lechner, the love of his life. Their constant devotion was a model of love for the entire family.
Bill had artistic interests and talent, drawing and painting in his younger years, and designing the family home. He was a gentle spirit who was always reaching out and caring for other people, setting an example his grandchildren could emulate. He was a lifelong member of Olivet Lutheran Church, where he taught Sunday School for many years. He was known for his silly jokes, which were often repeated but still brought laughter. He loved cars, and had a series of different models that came and went over the years, but were never forgotten.
He is survived by his wife Geraldine, children Mary Carol Lechner Clarke (David), W. John Lechner, Thomas Lechner (Chala), and Susan Gray (Tom), grandchildren Jennifer Presthus, Claire Presthus, Anna Presthus, William Lechner, Allyson VanderWal (Kyle), Stephen Lechner, David Lechner, Audrey Graber (David), Andrew Gray, Matthew Gray, and brother Robert Lechner (Marion).
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Bert and Victor Lechner.
A family service will be held Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 pm at Boulger Funeral Home, with visitation from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 2, 1:00 pm at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center. Online guestbook at: www.boulgerfuneralhome.com