CLARIDON TWP. – Michael Joseph Lechene, age 51, of Claridon Township, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his family, after an 18 month battle with Glioblastoma.
He was born in Claridon on Aug. 15, 1969, son of Kenneth and Doris (nee Rorabaugh) Lechene Sr., of Huntsburg Township.
Mike graduated from Cardinal High School in 1988 and also attended the Kenston automotive program, where he was top of his class.
He married Carla (nee Borkholder) on July 18, 1992. They started dating Mike’s senior year of high school and spent many loving years together. They have two daughters, Marissa Lechene, of Columbus, and Caitlyn Lechene, of Claridon.
Mike was a very devoted husband and proud father. He attended all sporting events, band concerts and big life moments for his girls. His love for them was unconditional.
Anyone who met Mike knew of his knowledge of almost anything mechanical, his love of beautiful big trucks, love of his family, good food and his incredibly generous spirit. Mike was a friend to all and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Mike’s love of trucks and equipment at a young age led him to his dream occupation. He was the owner and operator of Lechene Trucking, Inc. and he additionally brokered for Arm’s Trucking.
In his spare time, you would find Mike outdoors doing yard work, cleaning the garage or washing his trucks.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Carla, are his daughters; parents; brother, Kenneth Lechene Jr.; sister, Tina (Rudy) Breunig; nieces, nephews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves behind his best bud and cat, Gidget.
Mike will be truly missed by all his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Maurice and Catherine (nee Cossitor) Lechene, and James and Grace (nee Bouch) Rorabaugh Sr.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 West High St., Middlefield.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Sly Family Funeral Home, with burial following at Huntsburg Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in Mike’s memory to The Denise Marie Flaherty Memorial Foundation (http://deniseflahertyfoundation.org/) or by mail, The Denise Marie Flaherty Memorial Foundation, c/o Heidi Benjamin, P.O. Box 746, Mantua, OH 44255.
Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.slyffh.com.