William Harman (Bill) Lehmker

Memorial Location

COLUMN: 10    ROW: 46

  • Telecommunications
  • July 28, 1942 – October 16, 1945
  • World War II

Born April 22, 1922, and died December 6, 2008, interred, Hammond, Indiana.

Bill was born and raised in Lansing, Illinois, attended grade school and high school in the Hammond, Indiana public school system.

After high school he was employed as a lineman working for Northern Indiana Public Service Company. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 28, 1942, attaining the rank of Private First Class and was honorably discharged on October 16, 1945.

He was in the telecommunication group and was in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was with the Marines at the invasion of Okinawa. He contracted malaria there and suffered from it most of his life.

Upon returning to civilian life he was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Company in the Indiana area. He started out as an Installer/Repairman and worked in many occupational positions. He was promoted into Management and worked his way up to Manager throughout Indiana and Illinois.

He retired from Illinois/Indiana Bell and opened Lehmker Investigation, a fire and arson investigative group. After numerous successful years as an investigator he sold the business and retired.

Bill was married to the love of his life, Olive Anne for over 61 years living and active in the community in and around Highland, Indiana.

Bill and Olive enjoyed their vacation home in Winchester, Wisconsin and loved fishing and watching beautiful sunsets.