Robert Lehr

Robert John "Pete" Lehr

Friday, December 25th, 1931 - Saturday, May 15th, 2021
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Robert John “Pete” Lehr was born in Gill, Colorado, on December 25, 1931, to Peter and Barbara (Manweiler) Lehr. He lived in the Gill and Greeley area most of his life. He passed away May 15, 2021.

Robert graduated from Gill High School in 1950, where he was active in sports. We like to brag that dad was the high point basketball player in Weld County his senior year. He played for the Gill Blues baseball team for several years and he also enjoyed league bowling. On June 15, 1952, he married Harriett Helen Hoffner in Greeley at St. Paul’s Congregational Church. In October 1952, he was inducted into the United States Army and was stationed at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, before he was deployed to Korea. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant while serving in the artillery, earning the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, and National Defense Medal. He was discharged in 1954 at Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Robert was employed by Greeley Candy and Tobacco for 10 years and then he worked for Meadow Gold Dairy as a route man for 30 years. He retired in 1994. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Congregational Church and he belonged to the Greeley Elks and the American Legion. Robert enjoyed attending all the activities of his grandchildren, including their church, school, and sports events.

Robert and Harriett traveled extensively and they enjoyed taking their two children to see most of the United States on family vacations, including watching games at several professional ballparks. They took cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas and in later years, they took senior citizen trips to visit new places they hadn’t seen in prior travels, including the Panama Canal. Robert was an original season ticket holder for the Colorado Rockies and he was an avid fan of all Colorado sports teams. One of his last words to us was “baseball.”

Robert’s family remembers him as a gentle, kind, and loving man. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. In November 2012, Robert’s life changed in an instant when he had a hemorrhagic stroke, after which he required skilled nursing the rest of his life. The therapists said they wished that everybody would have the same great attitude that he did. He never complained one time about his new circumstances; he was mainly focused on how Harriett was doing. We would like to sincerely thank Steve Briscoe and the staff at Grace Pointe for the loving care he received from everybody on the staff, with special thanks to the nurses and CNAs who made such a difference in his life. Robert will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Survivors include his daughter Jo Anne (Lonnie) Hilzer of Greeley; son John (Carol) Lehr of Eaton; grandchildren Michelle Lehr of Eugene, Oregon; Derek Lehr of Eugene, Oregon; Jennifer (Reg) Laubmeier of Santa Clarita, California; Bryan (Ashley) Hilzer of Austin, Texas; Erin Gregory of Denver; Marla (Chad) Holcomb of Hamilton, Montana, and great-granddaughters Emerson and Brooke Holcomb, along with many beloved nieces and nephews. He was awaiting the arrival of great-granddaughter Madison Laubmeier this summer.

He is preceded in death by his wife Harriett who passed away in March 2017, his parents, a brother, Walter Lehr, and three sisters, Lydia Busch, Helen Fink, and Rose Bauer.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 23 at the Adamson Life Celebration Home. His Life Celebration will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 24 at St. Paul’s Congregational Church with a luncheon following. Interment 1:00 p.m. at Linn Grove Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to “St. Paul’s Congregational Church” in care of Adamson, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634. Friends may leave condolences at
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Adamson Celebration Center
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  • Service

    Monday, May 24th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Monday, May 24th, 2021 10:30am
    St. Paul's Congregational Church
    1525 43rd Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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  • Interment

    Monday, May 24th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Monday, May 24th, 2021 1:00pm
    Linn Grove Cemetery
    1700 Cedar Avenue, Greeley
    GREELEY, CO 80631
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  • Reception

    Monday, May 24th, 2021 |
    Monday, May 24th, 2021
    St. Paul's Congregational Church
    1525 43rd Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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Beverly McConville

Posted at 03:20pm
I am so sorry for your loss. We first became acquainted with Pete and Harriett in the early "60's. We bought a house out in Edwards Addition on 35th Ave. Ct. and they bought one on 35th Ave. We were neighbors for years. Sometimes got together with the Knaubs and Rhones for an evening too. Time went on and we all moved out of the old "hood". So when Bob became a resident in the memory care unit at Grace Pointe, I was surprised to see Pete at Grace Pointe too. Bob seemed to recognize Pete and would always want to visit. He called Pete and John "his boys". He was a good man and will be missed. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Bev McConville

Jo Anne Posted at 12:14am

Thank you, Bev. I remember those days fondly—so very thankful that Bob and dad got to reconnect in recent years.

Jane Franklin

Posted at 08:23pm
My dad, Jake Hoffner, always enjoyed visiting with Pete. On the many times, I went to visit Dad in CO, we would go to Greeley and see Pete and Harriet. Pete was very important to my dad, and I remember Pete fondly, as always reaching out. My sincere sympathy. Jane Franklin and Michael Levy

Jo Anne Posted at 09:38am

Thank you for posting this, Jane. I have a fond memory of one of your dad's visits to my dad at Grace Pointe. I walked in to dad's room, and he and your dad were almost forehead to forehead having a great conversation. Your dad's eyesight and my dad's hearing didn't stop either of them. My folks loved your folks so much.

Vonda Rhodes

Posted at 02:17pm
Pete was such a sweet man .....always cheerful and had a smile to greet you. I have so many fond memories of overnights at their house with JoAnne and Christmas parties full of laugh and ornaments for earrings!! The Hilzer family household was just that way.....full of fun and laughs and good food!! Pete always remember my nickname Vondellaschnaaay....... I’ll miss him.

Jo Anne Posted at 12:56pm

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear friend, for all the cards and pictures you sent my dad over the years. You will never know how much it meant to him. My parents loved you dearly. I am blessed beyond words to have you as my best friend.

Love Vonda

Posted at 01:30pm
Sending my heartfelt sympathies to all the members of Petes family! He was such a treasure and will be deeply missed.
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Shari Simo

Posted at 12:04pm
Sending our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Love , Glenn, Shari and Lindsay Simon.
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