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Fred Lehman (WD8MGO)
July 16, 2003
Fred was an avid contester and member of the Far Out Amateur Radio Club of Dayton, and was an engineer at the Miami Valley Cable Council.
Fred, you will be missed.
Contributed by: Michael Gollihue (N8CBJ)
Fred was one of the first amateurs I made
good friends with when I first joined the hobby. I learned a lot from him and always listened to what he had to say.
He was an expert utility DXer, he especially favored military communications. His passion for the hobby was unlimited.
Fred came from a wonderful family with very sweet parents. They welcomed me to stay the night at their home when Fred and I planned a road trip to hit a weekend hamfest.
I am utterly shocked by his passing, and will miss him greatly.
The radio hobby was a better place with Fred, but mostly I will miss my friend for
his friendship and helping hand.
Contributed by: Mark Meece (N8ICW)
Fred was my Elmer. I've known and worked with him for almost seven years. He was a great man. He kept me up to date with ham radio when I was too busy to myself. He constantly hounded me to upgrade and "Get my General" . . . which I've yet to do. Fred also got me into military radio collecting. We traveled to many of the local hamfests together. The last one we went to together was Hamvention. We were supposed to go to Indy, but I had to buy a new truck that weekend. It's okay, because that gave him a chance to spend the whole weekend with his family. Van Wert was the make-up hamfest the following weekend.
On Thursday, July 17 Fred didn't come to work. We were all worried since he didn't call. I went over to his house to check up on him, and he wouldn't answer the door. When I got back to work, I tracked down fred's parents number, and gave them a call. They drove down from Greenville. I left work later on, and drove by his place to find out what was going on. There were 4 police cars and an ambulance in front of his Apartment complex. Shortly afterwards, I found out what happened. A couple of days later, the cause came out . . . an un-diagnosed case of Crohn's Disease.
Fred was 43 years old. He was energetic, talkative, and ambitious. Fred had plans for forming his own business . . . Lehman Technical services. Outside of Amateur radio, Fred was an accomplished artist. He has a degree from the University of Dayton. He did sculptures using LED's and Metranomes. He even found beauty in the average orange construction cone . . . an art subject he planned on expanding on. He will be sorely missed by all . . . including myself.
Contributed by: John C. Golub IV (KC8JZO)
Fred was always a great guy to rag chew with for hours. Many times did I break months/years of radio silence after hearing him on a local repeater. His knowledge of SW/utility radio along with his attitude could keep you up way past your bedtime. I heard about his untimely death just a few days after seeing him talk about SW radio on the local cable access channel. I am very glad to have known Fred, and without question anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him would say the same.
Contributed by: WDS (SABERSAW)
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