Leon "Leo" Vincent Lehner

April 13, 2006October 11, 2021

Lehner, Leon Vincent, age 15 of Kettering, OH, born April 13, 2006.

It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of Leon “Leo” Lehner, who passed away on October 11, 2021. Leo was a light not to be dimmed. His unique spirit was intensely curious, open to adventure, and kind. He lived life in the present, embracing every detail. In a world that moves too fast and offers plenty of distractions, Leo didn’t just stop to smell the flowers, he dug the soil, planted the seeds, nurtured them, and shared the gifts with everyone he loved. Those gifts included playing the piano, trumpet, and violin, singing with the Kettering Children’s Choir and the Chaminade Julienne Liturgical Choir, making caramels for teachers, cooking for his family, gifting pottery or blown glass he created, inviting you to try the sun tea he made from “things around the yard,” offering squash he had grown, sitting with you and experiencing the thrill of a thunderstorm and so, so much more. Leo’s generous heart also loved helping his dad with various Catholic Social Services events or spending hours volunteering in the food pantry, where his big personality and bright smile lit up the room for staff and volunteers alike. Having just begun his high school career at CJ, he managed to win the hearts of many teachers, administrators, and students, and the CJ community won Leo’s heart back with their kindness. He enjoyed helping others so much that he set a goal for himself that he would establish a new record for service hours before graduating from CJ, and he was well on his way. Leo faced challenges in his short life, but he never let them define him. His family will forever be grateful for the doctors and nurses at Dayton and Cincinnati Children’s Hospitals and to the wonderful counselors and friends he met at Camp Flame Catcher. In recent years, he was blessed to discover the Dayton Boat Club. Rowing not only became his passion, but also provided a wonderful community of people who embraced his unique nature and shared his love for the outdoors. When he was on the water, his smile somehow grew ten times larger. He will be deeply missed by his parents, Mike and Kate (Beyer) Lehner, brother Daniel, sister Maria, grandparents Bill and Mary Beyer, Jim and Peggy Lehner, aunts and uncles Beth Wick (Austin King), Anne (Tony) Schoen, Eileen (Eric) Aber, John (Kiley) Beyer, Meg (Karol) Lagodzki, Katie (Tom) Collins, Mark (Leslie) Lehner, and Paul (Katie) Lehner, and many, many cousins. Friends of Leo and his family are welcome to express their condolences on Sunday, October 17 from 4pm-8pm at Tobias Funeral Home, 5471 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45429. A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, October 18, 12pm at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 3033 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45429. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Leo’s memory to the Catholic Social Services of Miami Valley Food Pantry, where he was so loved, (, or to the Epilepsy Alliance of Ohio, ( Leo’s family hopes you will be inspired by Leo’s love of service and help him reach his goal of service to others. No matter your age, or the city you live in, you can donate hours of service in Leo’s memory and impact the same number of lives Leo surely would have during his four years at CJ. Log your hours here: Condolences may be sent to


18 October

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 pm

St. Albert the Great Catholic Church

3033 Far Hills Avenue
Kettering, Ohio 45429


  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Sunday, October 17, 2021


Leon "Leo" Vincent Lehner

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Jeff G

October 18, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss of Leon. A friend from church was telling me about him. I am saying prayers for your family.

Bev Bornhorst

October 18, 2021

Such a tragedy to lose such a young spirited young man.. My heart aches for the entire family. Please accept our condolences and prayers.
Bev and Joe Bornhorst

Kathie Strande

October 17, 2021

Condolences to the Lehner family. I didn't know Leo but he had to be special having a grandfather like Dr. Lehner. He got me through 9 back surgeries. I was definitely a challenge for him until I damaged my spinal cord and paralyzed myself. He always remained his kind, smiling self which was a comfort for me. I know Leo would have had a bright future but God probably decided that he would be a great addition to His choir so took him home to be with Him.

Theresa Muse

October 17, 2021

Dear Katie A nd Dr Lehner , Family

I’m so sorry for The Loss of your young son Leo Lehner! Katie I met you Briefly @ children‘a hospital Dayton . Katie we spent time together on A Low Day , After Surgery! My family truly offers our condolences and healing prayers now! Please Thank your father for making my Life Possible and Better than I could ever dream of other wise .
The donation will be made in Leo. Name ! PEACE and God Bless.

Sincerely, Theresa Muse & family

Linda Damron

October 17, 2021

Kate and family. I am so deeply saddened for your loss. I am here if you need anything. My heartfelt love goes to you and your family.

Linda Damron

Heather Zerkle

October 17, 2021

The first day I met Leo was for orientation at MCL. He was full of questions and energy. By the time orientation was over I told him he was my spirit human. He was so special. The last time he stopped in it was to inform me he couldn’t work his shift and I couldn’t even be mad at him because his reasoning was so selfless. He told me he was trying to achieve 700 hours of community service. I gave him a high five and told him I’d give him a couple weeks off so he could chase his goal. He will truly be missed by so many employees and customers. Prayers for you guys! 💚

Daviid E. Durham

October 17, 2021

To the Lehner family,

As a parent of two and grandparent of five it is beyond my comprehension trying to cope with such a tragic loss.
Though it has been many years since my last contact with Dr. James and Peggy, I remember what a rewarding experience it was to design their home many years ago.
It wasn't long after that that the good doctor came to the rescue of our daughter Erika when she broke her back on Memorial Day in 1992. We had the good fortune to have Dr. Lehner nearby to care for her so that she has been able to lead a normal life, for which she, her mother and I, her sister, and ultimately her husband and three children are so grateful.
Blessings and comfort to all the Lehner family at this very difficult time.
David E. Durham ( retired architect )

Rebecca Molnar

October 17, 2021

You have my deepest condolences. My heart broke every time I heard this tragic story. It wasn’t until yesterday while at the Salon that I put the pieces together. The few times we spoke, I always enjoyed hearing stories of your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t begin to imagine your pain. His picture portrays all of the kind tributes I have read about him. My prayers are with you and your family during this unimaginable tragedy.

Olivia Sears

October 17, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Leo at MCL. He was so kind & had a wonderful heart. I got to know him as my friend. He will be greatly missed. Leo was a special person & I loved his smile & seeing him at work. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Lisa Bray

October 16, 2021

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. He sounds like a truly amazing young man. Angela Riley posted your sons passing on a seizure support group and it just breaks my heart. Thinking of you and your family💕😔💕