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Lehnen Furniture owner John Lehnen dies at 87

LAFAYETTE, Ind. -— John Edwin Lehnen, 87, owner and operator of Lehnen Furniture, died here on Jan. 17.

The son of the late Louis W. and Mary Florence Straubringer Lehnen, John Lehnen graduated from Purdue University and served in the U.S. Navy as a radar technician. Lehnen came home to Lafayette with ambition in the electronics field and first started a radio repair business in a rented garage, which became an appliance business. In 1953, he purchased Bosco's Furniture, which became Lehnen Furniture. Lehnen operated the business for 59 years before he turned the reins over to his son, John W. Lehnen.

He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church; the Knights of Columbus for 53 years; was a member of the barbershop chorus, the "Tippecanotes" for 48 years and the "Heartland Harmonizers" in Sebring, Fla. for 10 years. Lehnen won three barbershop quartet of the year awards and 17 notes, having encouraged 17 men to join their chorus.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife, two daughters, two stepchildren, eight grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

The family asks that memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation. Memories and condolences may be left at


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