Lee Bernhart Blehl, age 95 years, of High Bridge, NJ, died on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Country Arch Care Center, Pittstown, NJ.
Born on February 2, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late
Walter H. and Anna Harvey BIehl and step-son of Abigail Lee Barnes
BIehl. The family moved to New York City when Lee was 2 years old.
He and his wife Laura Ella Hart were married on June 26, 1953.
Lee enlisted in the New York National Guard in 1938 at age 16. Reenlisted in the
regular Army and spent one year of compulsary training at Fort McClelland, Alabama
before Pearl Harbor. He was stationed in Hawaii for 3 years with the 27th
Division, 102nd Medium Ordinance Company, Special Troops. He was sent to
Iwo Jima for 7 months until the end of the World War II.
The family moved to Glen Gardner, NJ in 1946.
Lee was employed at Taylor-Wharton in High Bridge until it closed in 1953. He worked at Foran Foundry and Flemington Dural Rubber. He was employed
by Presco Foods in Flemington for 14 years. He was custodian at Hunterdon
Central High School. He was Head Custodian at High Bridge School for 16 years
until his retirement.
He was a member of the New Jersey Army Reserve National Guard in Flemington
for 33 years. He retired with the rank of Platoon Sergeant E-7. Between the
Regular Army and the National Guard he served 43 years 3 months. He received
his G. E. D. at Sea Girt Military Academy through the National Guard. He has
always been very proud of his military service to his country.
Lee’s hobbies are fishing, woodworking, wood crafts, and beadwork. He enjoyed
making things for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.
He was the High Bridge Boy Scouts leader and also neighborhood chairman for
several years. He is a life member of the American Legion, High Bridge Post 188. He is a life member of the V F. W. Glen Gardner Post 5119. He is a member of the 27th Division Association. He is a member of the New Jersey Black Powder Association
Surviving are his wife, Laura Ella Biehl of High Bridge, NJ; son, Edmund W. Biehl and his wife Stacy of Lady Lake. FL ;daughter, Laura Lee White and her husband Robert N. White of Edmonton, KY; son, Kevin W. BIehl and his wife Katherine Ann Grant Dolan of Murrieta, CA; daughter, Donna M. Horvath and her husband James R. Horvath of Alpha NJ; Lee has 11 grandchildren; Diane L. Lessenberry, John E. BIehl, Brandon E. Biehl, David R. White, Michelle M. Glass, Erin M. Brown, Steven S. BIehl, Megan D. Biehl, April R. Ballard, James C. Horvath, and Samantha R. Horvath, and also a step-granddaughter Lauren K. Dolan.
He also has 19 great grandchildren; Anthony, Nicholas, Kassandra, John, & Patrick BIehl
Jonathan & Joseph Biehl Justin & Danielle Lessenberry Maddox & Madelyn Glass Marshall & Archer White Jonas & Raye Ballard Xander McPherson Jillian & Jacob Abatemarco, and James Horvath.
A brother, Walter Harry Biehl Jr. passed away June 24, 1998
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Noon in the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ. Interment will be in Three Bridges Cemetery, Three Bridges, NJ. Calling hours will be held from 10 AM until time of the service in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the High Bridge Emergency Squad, 95 W Main St, High Bridge, NJ 08829.