Paul Cleve Lehman (Cleve), 92, of Billings, MT was called home by his Lord and Savior on February 19, 2021, at home surrounded by family.
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Cleve was born in Billings on their farm in Lockwood on November 17, 1928 to William S. Lehman and Maria Elizabeth née Kober. He married Virginia M. Hein on August 30, 1947, and they had five children: David, James, Paul (Brenda), Laura (Ray), and Thomas.
Cleve farmed and ranched his entire life in Lockwood and surrounding areas. He retired from working at the flour mill on First Avenue South after over 20 years due to his health in 1989.
Cleve enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was particularly known for shooting pheasants. Back in the day, he was always playing the accordion for social functions such as they were at the time. He will always be remembered for his strict demand for quality with their dairy, cattle, and crop production, including alfalfa, wheat, barley, and beans. In his later years, he was given to riding and handling cattle and was so particularly proud of his horse, Target, that he had trained so well. He spoke of this horse most.
Throughout his life, Cleve has touched so many people, many who are not here now. Cleve was preceded in death by his wife, his oldest son, and nearly all of his friends. He is survived by four children, four grandsons, and seven great grandsons. He was to have his first great, great granddaughter, coming in April. He will be missed.
Services will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 1911 Old US Hwy 87E, (across from Lockwood Schools), on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm with burial at Sunset Gardens, 1721 Central Ave., Billings, Mt.
Viewing will be available from10:00 am until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Smith Downtown Chapel, 925 S. 27th St., Billings.
Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church or any charity of your choice.