OBITUARY

Henry "Big Al" Allen Lechner

February 1, 1932November 23, 2021

Allen “Big Al” Lechner, husband to Theodora “Teddy” Lechner (wife of 48 years), and father to three sons, Gene (Louisa), Scott (Christina), and Tracy (Tami) Lechner, and three stepchildren, Robin (Mike) Carey, Bill (Margie) Crawford, and Dan (Ruth) Crawford, passed away November 23, 2021. Al was born on February 1st, 1932 in Tell City, IN.

Al graduated from Tell City High School (lettering in all sports) in 1951 and from Evansville College in 1955 (playing basketball for the Purple Aces) while earning a Master’s Degree from Indiana University. After graduating, he embarked on a 35-year teaching career, where he taught and coached at Plaza Park Grade School for 18 years before finishing his teaching career at North and Central High Schools. Besides being a committed husband, father, and grandfather, he will also be remembered by the many students and friends whose lives were inevitably impacted by his dedication, hard work, and sincerity. In addition to his wife and children, Al is survived by nine adoring grandchildren, Gene “Tony”, Krystal, Taylor, Kelsey, Lauren, Will, Molly, Claudia, and Meredith and was a proud great grandfather of six great grandchildren.

The family will have a celebration of life at a destination and time to be decided later.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a charitable donation to The Dream Center, a 501C charity for underprivileged children in Evansville which was founded by one of his early grade school students, Gary Jossa.

Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.

Services

  • The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date.

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The Staff of Lakeside Manor

November 29, 2021

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. Al will remain in our hearts forever.

BOBBI JO ( COHEN) BERNSTEIN

November 29, 2021

I HAD MR LECHNER AS MY TEACHER AT PLAZA PARK IN THE 50'S. HE WAS MY FAVORITE TEACHER. I MOVED AWAY FROM EVANSVILLE IN MY FRESHMAN YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN HIM. HE WAS SUCH A GOOD COACH (I WAS A CHEERLEADER) AND HE KEPT US ALL IN LINE ON THE TEAM BUS. WE ALL HAD SO MUCH RESPECT FOR HIM WE WOULDN'T DARE DISAPPOINT HIM. EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM LOVED HIM. I AM SAD TO LEARN OF HIS PASSING.
BOBBI JO

Walt and Selma Lewis

November 28, 2021

Dear Scott,
Both Selma and I have many personal and professional memories of your father. We knew him as a fellow educator at Central. Your dad was quick to share his assistance as well as his many memories of his coaching experiences and his family. We always valued our relationship with Al and Teddy.
I cared a great deal about your dad's family and also felt a connection through my years in the army reserves wth your dad's brother. I particularly cared about you, Scott. I value my memories of you as a student and athlete at Harrison; you were a special young man.
We send the entire family our sincerest sympathy and best wishes for the future.
Walt Lewis

Janet Leistner

November 28, 2021

Teddy and family,

So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed knowing both of you and working with Al at Central. Howard and Janet Leistner

Dave Lant

November 27, 2021

Knew Mr. Lechner as the gym teacher at Plaza Park grade school early 1960's. A man who we respected.

Steve McGinness

November 25, 2021

To the Lechner family so sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of our families being raised on Conlin Ave. Your dad will be truly missed. May the lord watch over your family and comfort you in your time of need.

Jill Esser

November 25, 2021

I have many standout "farm" memories but the one that makes me feel the best is when I would ride my bike over to your house during the summer and you would let me jump off the top of the garage into your pool! I was so hot and it felt so good! Thankyou for that freedom to have fun! You will be truly missed!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY