Dean C. Lehr

Dean C. Lehr
Date of Birth: June 28, 1951
Died on: September 25, 2018

Aberdeen, SD-Memorial service for Dean C. Lehr, 67, of Aberdeen will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory, 1708 8th Ave. NE. The family requests attendees dress in casual attire. Pastor Mary Lou Gruebele will officiate.

Inurnment will be in Morningside Cemetery, Roscoe, SD at a later date.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Dean died September 25, 2018 at his home.

Dean Curtis Lehr, son of Elmer and Martha (Pietz) Lehr was born June 28, 1951 at Ipswich, SD. He grew up on the family homestead between Ipswich and Roscoe. He attended country school until the third grade and then attended school in Roscoe, graduating with the class of 1970. Dean went on to attend Lake Area Technical Institute for Auto Mechanics, where he earned his certificate in 1971.

Dean was united in marriage to Marilyn Heilman on October 14, 1972 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Hosmer. He then worked as a mechanic for Roscoe Auto for many years until they closed. He then became employed at Cenex in Roscoe until a workplace injury made him seek other employment. In the fall of 1994, Dean took over the family farm operation focusing on ranching, growing an 85-cow herd into a good Black Angus herd of 325. In 2011, Dean and Marilyn sold the ranch and moved to Aberdeen. In the fall of 2012, he began working for Napa Auto Parts – Farnam’s Genuine Parts where he was currently a salesman.

Dean was an avid car race fan and a respected engine builder for many of the drivers. He had his own brand, D.L. Motors. Every Friday night, he could be found at the Brown County Fairgrounds race track and other nights at other area tracks. He always enjoyed the Jamestown Stampede Race. Dean also enjoyed antiquing with his wife, Marilyn and of course collected many treasures.

Dean was a former Roscoe City Council member, Bryant Township Supervisor and had been a member of the Roscoe Fire Department where he had served as Chief.

Grateful for having shared Dean’s life are his wife of 45 years, Marilyn; daughters, Stephanie (Jay) Mehling of Wessington, SD and Samantha (Jayson Smith) Lehr of Aberdeen; son, Brian (Heather) Lehr of Pierre, SD; five grandchildren, Josie, Jerrit and Sophie Mehling, Hunter Buntrock and Avery Lehr and brothers, Marlin (Susan) Lehr and Dennis (Patsy) Lehr, both of Aberdeen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant daughter, Mary.

Honorary Urnbearers will be Dean’s racing family.

The organist will be Mavis Lehr.

Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.


  1. Celeste Schnaible Geier says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you.

  2. Jon grismer says:

    I am so sorry about your lost I have known dean for awhile now when it came to working on my derby car I would call dean up and he would always know what part I would need or what was wrong with my engine he will greatly be missed.

  3. Dennis & Joyce Heyne says:

    We were so very sorry to hear that Dean passed away. Our deepest sympathy to you. May our Lord give you the peace and comfort that your hearts long for. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Kathy Terril and Family says:

    My heart breaks for you and your family. My prayers will be with you for the days to come. Love you, Samantha.

  5. Colleen Ann Lehr says:

    Our hearts and love are with you during this time.
    Need anything at all please call. We love you!

    Clyde & Colleen

  6. Tim Waldner says:

    Wonderful GUY MR.Dean Lehr was , I feel Very Blessed to have known and done Buisness with him the last 3 years I personally feel I Lost A Great Dear Friend ,HE Will BE MISSED VERY MUCH!

  7. Art and DeLaine Nehlich says:

    We are sorry to hear about Dean! Thinking about you all during this sad time

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