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Dean Leroy Lechner

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Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Austin



Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Austin


Grandview Cemetery
Austin, Minnesota


Dean Leroy Lechner, age 81 of Austin, died Monday, September 28, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin.  He was born January 21, 1934 in Freeborn County, Minnesota to George and Cora (Peterson) Lechner.  Dean attended District 83 schools.  After school, he worked for area farmers.  Over the years his various jobs included running a gas station in Oakland, truck driving, and working at Weber’s (Anderson) Standard.  Later he owned and operated Dean’s Conoco.  In 1967, Dean went to work for Usem’s, where he did used car reconditioning for 13 years.  In 1984, he purchased the Budget Holiday Motel in New Ulm, Minnesota, which he ran for 8 years, retiring in 1992.  On May 19, 1956, Dean and Marlene Mudra were united in marriage in Myrtle, Minnesota.  The couple raised 4 sons.  In addition to his work and family obligations, Dean served his country in the National Guard for 6 years.  Among his favorite pastimes were yardwork, bird watching, NASCAR and stock car racing. 

Dean is survived by his wife Marlene Lechner of Austin; his sons Richard Lechner of Concord, North Carolina, Michael (Mary Jane) Lechner of Austin, Minnesota, Jonathan (Ann) Lechner of Spring Valley, Minnesota, and Joseph (April) Lechner of Breckenridge, Texas; 11 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; 2 brothers Harold Lechner of Austin, Minnesota and Earl Lechner of Rockwell, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Cora Lechner, a sister Joyce Zech and one brother at birth. 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Rev. Karen Behling officiating.  Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin.  Memorials can be directed to Our Saviors Lutheran Church, the Salvation Army, or recipient of donor’s choice.  Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. 


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