Charles F. Lemen, 85, of Auburn, died peacefully on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at The Meadows in Leicester after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born in Worcester, MA, to Beatrice (Uzupis) and Charles Lemen, and grew up in Tatnuck Square. He lived in Worcester County for all of his life, spending the last fifty years in Auburn. He was a graduate of Classical High School in Worcester.
He served his country in the US Naval Reserves and was honorably discharged from the Navy on August 7th, 1951 and drafted into the Army on August 9th,soon after his marriage to Elizabeth Johnson that same year. He was sent to Korea, where he worked in the ordnance division.
After returning from Korea, he attended Worcester Junior College on the GI bill and became a registered professional engineer and land surveyor after his graduation. He worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Works for his entire professional career, working in the highway department. He served in various capacities for the DPW, ending his career as a bridge inspector for the Commonwealth when he retired in 1988.
He enjoyed traveling, both in the United States and Europe, especially by rail, which he discovered after a trip to Belgium to visit his daughter Liz and son-in-law Paul. He had a lifelong interest in cars and was a gifted mechanic. He became interested in antiques in the Seventies, and co-owned an antique store, Mad Hatter Antiques, in Sturbridge, MA with Jack Haringa.
He loved trains, clocks, dogs, playing cards, and his family, although not in that order. He was known as ‘Gar’ and ‘Pop’ to his grandchildren, who loved him as much as he loved them.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty (Johnson) Lemen, a son, William C. Lemen and his wife Lori Reeves of Ownings Mills, Maryland and three daughters: Patricia Lemen and her partner, Daniel Rosalbo, of Chester, NH; June Lemen and her husband Bill Broyles, of Nashua, NH; and Elizabeth and Paul Bastien, of Katy, TX and his grandchildren Patrick Bastien of Palisades, NY, Rachel Bastien of Framingham, MA and Lucy Broyles, of Nashua, NH.
A memorial service celebrating Charlie’s life will be held Tuesday, July 7,2015 at 2:00 PM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 25 School Street, Auburn, MA. Burial, with military honors, will be private.
His family would like to express their profound appreciation for the staff of The Meadows and Ascend Hospice, who took such loving care of Charlie. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, at www.alzmass.org. Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street, Auburn is honored to be assisting the Lemen family with these arrangements. To leave a note of condolence for Charlie’s family or to view his Book of Memories, please visit www.brittonfuneralhomes.com