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Albert E. Lehmkuhl

June 28, 1951 ~ April 1, 2018 (age 66)

Obituary

Albert "Al" E. Lehmkuhl, age 66, Bellevue, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Oaklawn Hospital after a short illness.

Al was born in Marshall to Alfred "Alf"and A. Jean (Fiske) Lehmkuhl on June 28, 1951. He has lived his life in the Marshall area. As a child he attended Sherman and Gordon School, then Marshall Junior High School, and Marshall High School, graduating in 1970. After high school, Al embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, taking a cross country trek through Canada, down to California and back to Michigan, hitch hiking for his transportation!

Al was a starting forward for the Marshall High School Redskins Basketball Team in 1969 and 1970.

He attended Michigan State University, graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1974. He started his career in Law Enforcement first as an intern police officer in a Webberville after college graduation.

He started his career with the Calhoun County Sheriff Department as a part time Marine Deputy in the summer of 1973. Al served as a member of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Posse. He was hired as a full time Deputy on November 11, 1975 and became a member of the Road Patrol on August 1, 1979. In 1980 Al nearly lost his life while on a traffic stop on Michigan Avenue near 11 Mile Road when he was struck by a truck. His life was saved by a newly purchased Second Chance Vest he was wearing. He worked hard to rehabilitate his injuries and returned to serving the citizens of Calhoun County as a member of the Road Patrol. He was promoted on June 5, 1992 to Sergeant, supervising a shift of the Road Patrol. Al retired on June 28, 2001.

Al was an enthusiastic and responsible outdoorsman. He loved fishing and hunting his entire life. He was a member of the Marshall Country Club where he enjoyed many rounds of golf with his father, and his friends for most of his life.

He was a member of Moose Lodge #676 and the Marshall Country Club. Al was a member of Wayne B. Fitch Lodge Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed owning Corvettes and riding his Harleys.

Al is survived by his sister Cora L. Keiper of Marshall, and his niece, Christa L. (David) Morrison of Parker, Colorado; his special friend and companion Suzie Schoeder of Battle Creek; and great-nephews Donovan, Dillon, and Dalton Morrison, and a great-niece Brittany Stevens, 4 great-great-nieces and nephews; and his aunts Marlene Rapacz of Kalamazoo and Erma Cox of Battle Creek; and cousin Randy Rapacz of Kalamazoo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and uncles Stanley Rapacz and Theodore Cox.

Friends may call at The Marshall Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US 27 N., on Friday from 5PM to 8PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 7, at 11AM at the Marshall Chapel with Al's friend Rev. James S. Codde celebrating Al's life. Police Honors will be by the Calhoun County Sheriff Department. Interment will follow in Oakridge Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at Marshall Moose Lodge #676.

The family suggests remembering Al with a memorial contribution to The Thin Blue Line of Michigan, P.O. Box 415, Howell,MI 48844. www.tblomi.com

To sign the on line guest register and leave the family a message visit www.kempffuneralhome.com.

Visitation

APR 6. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)

Marshall Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US HWY 27 North
Marshall, MI, 49068

Service

APR 7. 11:00 AM (EDT)

Marshall Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US HWY 27 North
Marshall, MI, 49068

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