Dr. Arnold Lehmann passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on May 14, 2018. He was born February 7, 1921, in Deshler, Nebraska to Heinrich and Gertrud Lehmann (Jacobskoetter). He and his brothers, Helmut and Martin, spent much of their childhood in Hubbard, Saskatchewan, Canada. His father was a Lutheran minister, and both brothers became Lutheran pastors and theologians. However Arnold found his calling in medicine and surgery. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and earned his M.D. at Winnipeg General Hospital in 1944 at the age of 23. He then served active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve in the second World War as a medic, after which he received a Masters of Science degree at the University of Minnesota. While there, Arnold met Evelyn Landsverk, whom he married. They relocated to Spokane, Washington, where Arnold established a solo general surgery practice, Evelyn worked as an R.N., and they started their family. Arnold practiced general surgery during the time when a general surgeon did everything, head to toe, including making house calls. He followed his patients’ care closely, never left his telephone untended, and was always available to his patients and their families. Ever the intellectual, he obtained several surgical patents.
Arnold (Arnie) loved music. He played piano, violin, and guitar, and sang in a barbershop quartet. For years he attended the Spokane Symphony. He loved to go to the German American Club, where he would kick up his heels, eat, sing, and dance. He thoroughly enjoyed the homemade German meals, sang with the Arion Singers choir, and loved a good polka or schottische dance.
Arnold was preceded in his death by his beloved wife, Evelyn, in 1963. He was also predeceased by his brothers. He is survived by six children; Carla, Marcus, Naida, Jon, Kristi, and Kara; eight grandchildren; Monica, Natalie, Peter, Melissa, Corey, Christopher, Gregory, and Jon; one great grand-child, Violetta; one niece, Margaret, and two nephews, Peter and John. He also left behind his very, very dear friend of many years, Anneliese.
The family wants to thank Touchmark South Hill for their loving and enduring care of Arnie, and the kindness shown to his family during his final days. The family also appreciates the spiritual support provided by St. Mark’s Lutheran Church throughout the years. Donations in his memory may be given to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.