Marijane T Lehr

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Marijane T Lehr (Trotter)

Birthplace: Centralia, Lewis, WA, USA
Death: Died in Carol Stream, DuPage, IL, USA
Place of Burial: Rock Island National Cemetery Rock Island Rock Island County Illinois, USA Plot: P - 1525
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Erwin Cecil Trotter and Mildred Mae (Mersdorf) Trotter
Wife of "Duffy" Duane W. Lehr
Mother of Vl Beck and Maria Jean Lehr
Sister of Kenneth LeRoy Trotter

Occupation: WWII VET.CPL, US ARMY, WORLD WAR II. P 1525 -WAC/Photographer/Cartographer/Newspaper/Pilot
Managed by: Vl Beck
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About Marijane T Lehr

Birth: September 27, 1920 Centralia, Lewis, WA, USA Death: May 21, 2007 (86) Carol Stream, DuPage, IL, USA Immediate Family:

Daughter of Erwin Cecil Trotter (1888-1977) Born in Neche, ND before ND was a state; (WWI-Army fought in France near Paris during the war.) Before and after the war he was a Scalier for Lumber CO. in the Cascades area of WA, OR, & Canada. Mildred Mae (Mersdorf) Trotter (1893-1992)She was born in Napoleon, Logan, ND, USA, Was a One room School house teacher Both were Cremated ashes are located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast near, Monterey, Monterey, California, United States

Wife of "Duffy" Duane W. Lehr (1920-1991) Find A Grave Memorial# 66111471

Mother of Vl Beck (1952-___) and Maria Jean Lehr (1954-1954 (1day))

Sister of Kenneth LeRoy Trotter Find A Grave Memorial# 44478341 Ken fought in Germany during WWII and had his Legs frozen at the Battle of the Bulge. Marijane was born and grew up in the north wood of Washington and Oregon. Where she would play and go to school in many of the Logging camps while her father Erwin Trotter worked. When WWII broke out both her and her Brother Kenneth joined the Army

Marijane was an Army WAC during WWII She became a Photographer and worked for a number of News papers honing her craft. She also became a pilot of small planes like Piper and Cessna which she loved doing barrel rolls and Loop to Loops.

In 1951 she married Duane W. Lehr then became a mother. They met on the streets of Seattle He worked at the local radio station in Everett and it turned out she was working for the local paper in the same town. Duane was a trumpet player from the big band era and a WWII Vet also. As a result of his history with both he landed a great job with The Marian Band the Presidents own thanks to President Kennedy campaigning in the town of Coquille, OR. I am not sure why the band was with him but they were. Dad was working for the local paper at the time and setting up shows for the town's people. The next thing we knew we were off to D.C. The job turned out to be exhausting with all the travel Dad would have to do to set up the schedule for the Band to play. He would have to travel from town to town by car to make sure everything was just right for The Marian Band's visit. But he did get to know all the band members at the time. We would spend many summer evening sitting and watching and listening to the band play in the band shell located along the tidal basin of the Potomac behind the Lincoln Memorial. With Marijane's photography and flying history both before and after Duane's job brought the family to the D.C. area she ended up getting her dream job which she loved. She became a cartographer working for Army Map Service Army Topcon [ ] What a blessing it turned out to be. While there she got a chance to help in designing the map for the first Moon Landing. They would match the strips of photos came back from Rangers the unmanned rockets would send back. From the photos being laid out in such a way they would create the maps. She would bring home some of the photo's which were about 22x18 in sizes how exciting. They made great show and tell at school for Vicki, her daughter. Both the teachers and the fellow student enjoyed being able to look at them. Later she donated then to a Local College so future students could also be a part of the wonder of the moon. Vicki remember being glued to the rented TV watching the first shots into space then later the landing on the Moon. But everyone who had a TV got to see and be a part of the excitement some of the first shots like Glen and Sheppard or the fist Apollo Missions. Marijane would be so sad to think that her grandchildren and future great-great grandchildren won't get the chance to be inspired like our whole country was back in the 1960's.

Marijane inherited her dad love for the woods and horticulture. She had the greenest thumb you could ever see. She could revive just about any plant that was half dead. One year she had a pepper plant survivor for over two years and was still producing. I think she must have invented the balcony dish garden. Her balcony wasn't just table and lawn-chair it was a forest of plants. She could grow plant that normally shouldn't have grown there.

She had a great love for animals to the point she may have been the first pet whisperer. She could talk to them and I swear they understood whatever she said to them at the time. The last baby she had was a 25 lb Morris tabby type cat named Wally He wasn't a fat cat he was just big. Wally was a rescue from one of the local shelters who in the end was spoiled. One of the animals I must honor is the Dog Lucky she brought home with her when she got out of the service. Lucky was one of the early Army mascots. In the end Lucky was spoiled by Marijane's Mother Mildred who fell in love with him.

At the end of Marijane's life she got to enjoy all but two of her seven grand children. The last two were born soon after Marijane went home to be with the Lord. I have a feeling He has her working with his heavenly flower garden. She is greatly missed by her family who can't wait to join her at the heaven's gate.

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Marijane T Lehr's Timeline

January 2, 1888
Neche, Pembina, ND, USA
February 28, 1893
Napoleon, Logan, ND, USA
February 28, 1893
- May 27, 1992
September 1909
- June 1913
Eugene, Oregon, United States

The year book says " Mildred Mersdorf
Normal Dept.; four-year student;
ALPHA, "12-"13. " I hate nobody---
I am charity to all the world."

- 1934
Washington, United States

Erwin Trotter started out Logging in 1911. He took off time from working in the north woods while the United States was part of WWI. But he never stopped logging even during the war. While he was stationed in France he logged in their woods also upon returning at the end of the war and after he married Mildred in Portland, OR shortly after returning from France. He then returned to the woods IN THE Cascades that he loved soon. The crews would log as far north as Canada and in Washington, Oregon and I think some in Idaho. While he was in the Woods he worked in the Commissary store for a time and did scaling of the trees that the men had taken down. Scaling of the trees gives you lumber company an idea of how much wood they can get out of each tree. This would make it so Erwin would have to go where the trees were located. Many families like my grandparents and their children would leave in the camps. Both of Erwin and Mildred children Marijane and Kenneth were born during the time this time . My mother Marijane (Trotter) Lehr their oldest was born in such a camp near Centralia, Lewis, WA, USA. I am not sure where was born it might have been in Raymond. Fellow logging families would become your adopted family because you would see them daily. This is the case with my Grandfathers close buddy Roy Meade and his wife Edna. When his Granddaughter Vicki (me) was little he would tell her such great true stories of his life in the woods. One of my favorite was his bear stories. I am so glad he wrote some of them down so I can share them with his descendants. I remember walking through the woods with him where he would point out what this tree was out that plant. He enjoyed talking walks long after he retired. Then he would sit in his recliner in the evenings with his portable typewriter on his lap and type out his memories of days gone by. I am so glad hie did it's a great help tying up the loose ends of my grandparents life

October 22, 1917
- June 6, 1919
PVT.23rd CO.,20th ENG

During WWI Erwin C trotter fought in France near Paris. These photo are from his collection from being there. While he was station in France he would also do logging in the area among other things.

October 22, 1917
- May 27, 1919
Enlisted, Vancouver, WA then sent to France near Paris

WWI- During his time n the Army Erwin was sent to France he was mustered out 5/27/1919

- 1918
Unorganized Territory of Fort Snelling, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
- 1992
- 1991