Rick Lehman is a 1965 graduate of Dowling High School. After high school, he joined the Navy and served in the Vietnam War. After he was discharged he met his wife Marcia and they were married at St. Pius X Church in Santa Fe Springs, CA.
In 1975, they moved to Des Moines with their three children, Rick Lehman Jr. ‘89, Renee Lehman Blakely ’90 and Ross Lehman ’91, all DCHS graduates. He and his brother owned and operated Lehman’s Commercial Service and Green’s Appliance until his retirement in 2008.
When he wasn’t working, he could be found coaching his children in baseball, softball and basketball. He served as a youth minister at Visitation and taught Religious Education and Confirmation at St. Pius X and St. Mary of Nazareth for 28 years. He served on parish and finance councils, was involved with the Sierra Club, and was a member of Legatus and a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of communion. He and his brother also started the first Catholic radio station in Des Moines.
In retirement he found many opportunities to contribute to the Catholic community, volunteering at St. Mary’s Food Pantry, praying at Planned Parenthood and Knights of Columbus, and speaking at local churches for Iowa Right to Life. He and his wife have also served for many years as sponsors of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus). He is sought as a faith mentor by many community members and has served as confirmation sponsor for numerous children whom he continues to pray for everyday.
Rick also became a woodworker later in life. He has made and given away hundreds of crucifixes which can now be found throughout the city, including one that was blessed and is now on display at DCHS.
He and his wife have eight grandchildren and currently reside in Des Moines. He enjoys the opportunity to teach his grandchildren and their friends about faith and often reminds them that they are God’s children.