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Michael Lehto

Services for Michael Lehto, 80, of Temple will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 07, 2022 at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

Michael Lehto died on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at a local facility.

Michael was born on October 01, 1941 to Axel Lehto & Hilda Lambert in New York, New York. He was raised Catholic and later was a man by faith. After graduating from high school, Michael enlisted into the Army where he later retired as a SFC. He volunteered numerous hours at Olin Teague VA hospital. Michael was an all time fan and had a great love for the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed watching all the hockey games at the Bell County Expo Center. His heart's  passion was serving children, veterans, and his community. All those who knew him knew he was an avid collector of various coins especially state quarters.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Michael is survived by his best friend David & wife Charlotte, Kristy Clark, Haley Schendel; and one cousin, David Freeman of Canada.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the VFW Post #1820 Disaster Fund.

A special Thank You to Regency Manor for their compassionate care and support. 

Arrangements are in the care of Sabrina Young with Young’s Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center in Temple.


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A candle was lit in memory of Michael Lehto

David and Laura Freeman Sep 5 2022 10:22 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Lehto

Eila (nee Freeman) and BillJames Sep 3 2022 7:31 PM

We wish to pay tribute to Michael.. Through my Youngest brother David Freeman was finally after years of trying fond him. I was able to talk to him several times when he was in better health. At that time, I told him that I had some information relating directly to his Mom, my Aunt Hilda (nee Lambert) that I wished to share with him. Michael was most appreciative for that. Sadly, Michael didn\'t remember his mother as he was a mere 14 months old when she passed as a result of a car accident in New York. We have run out of time in getting to know him better. His good friends David and Charlotte Schendel had stepped into the breach. Our sincere thanks to them and to his fellow vets for their support.

Eila James Sep 3 2022 7:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Lehto

David Schendel Sep 3 2022 3:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Lehto

Charlotte Sep 2 2022 10:31 PM

It is with sadness that we say Goodbye to a cousin whom I once met as a teenager. He came to visit his Mother’s sister,( my Mom) Aunt Martha. He had just enlisted into the US armed forces and wore his blue uniform with pride. He was a tall blond blue eyed handsome young man. We never heard from him again...until my younger brother David offered to assist our older sister to try and find him. She had done extensive research on our family tree and had not been successful in locating our long lost cousin Michael. David started his search looking through telephone books and “ finally found him.” He and his wife Laura made a detour on one of their trips and actually met him and his wonderful neighbours’ family who cared for him “like family!”
Thanks to his Best Friend and family for all you have done in your love and care! Heaven rejoices today for Michael. We know God is a God of love & mercy and we look forward to that reunion in heaven.

Dorothy Raymer( Michael’s cousin nee: Freeman) Sep 2 2022 10:26 PM