Francis G. Lechner, 79, of Trenton, died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at
St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.
Lechner was born November 26, 1929 in Nebraska City, NE to Theodore
A. and Agnes (Kuhlman) Lechner; they preceded him in death.
preceded in death by a sister, Marie Koeppel, brothers, Kenny, Erv,
Clete, Leo, Edward, Bill, and Leonard Lechner; father-in-law and
mother-in-law, Edward and Philomena (Huelsmann) Kniepmann;
sisters-in-law, Mary Hammer, Teresa Kniepmann, and Norine Kniepmann;
brothers-in-law, Joe Kniepman, Ed Kniepmann, Al Hammer, Owen
Brendel, Orville Litteken, Clinton “Mick” Bellm, and Edgar Liening.
married Bernadette Kniepmann on September 10, 1955 at St. Mary
Catholic Church in Trenton; she survives in Trenton.
surviving are his children, Larry Lechner of Trenton, Pat (Tom)
Ritzheimer of Trenton, Donna (Brian) Chandler of Manchester, MO,
Lisa (Allen Rohner) Lechner of Shiloh, IL, and Barb (Rob) Watson of
Grandchildren-Jennifer, Michelle, and Ryan Lechner, Jim and Paul
Ritzheimer, Brittany, Sarah, and Nick Chandler, Beverley and Amanda
Sisters, Evelyn Hager of Ragland, AL, Elsie Hicks of Omaha, NE, and
Lorine Hespen of Syracuse, NE.
Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sally Brendel of Troy, Ann
Litteken of Aviston, Martha Bellm of Highland, Rose (Marvin “Bud”)
Sudholt of Breese, Rita Liening of Breese, Jane (Stan) Niebur of
Breese, Pat Kniepman of St. Louis, and Bea Kniepmann of Highland.
Francis retired as a sheet metal worker at Scott Air Force Base and
was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict.
was a member of St. Mary Church, Past Treasurer of the Trenton
Knights of Columbus Council 2932, Past Commander of the Trenton
American Legion Post 778, Trenton VFW 7983, and Disabled War
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, January 10, 2009
at 10:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton with Fr. Gene
Kreher officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery with
full military honors accorded.
Visitation will be Friday, January 9, 2009 from 4:00-8:00 PM and
again on Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 8:00-9:45 AM at the Moss
Funeral Home in Trenton.
Memorials can be made to St. Mary Cemetery or to the donor’s choice
and will be received at the funeral home.
Trenton American Legion and VFW will hold services at 7:00 PM and
the Trenton Knights of Columbus will hold services at 7:45 PM all
Friday evening at the funeral home