William C. Lahman, 92, of Cleveland Heights, OH passed away quietly in his sleep Friday, February 6, 2015 following a yearlong convalescence. William was born May 25, 1922 south of Brokensword, OH. He was married Dec. 22, 1950 to Betty Jane (Schwartz) Lahman, AOSA Distiguished Service Award Recipient, who survives. In addition, William is survived by son Bill Lahman Jr.; daughter Linda Kay (David Wood) Lahman; 2 grandchildren; and, a sister, along with a nephew and a niece.
William was a 1940 graduate of Holmes Liberty H.S. and received a BA Degree at Heidelberg College in 1947 and a Master’s Degree from Case Western Reserve in 1949.
William was drafted into active duty Army from the Enlisted Reserve in 1943 being promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and continuing with the Army Reserve from 1946-1951. He received the EAME Theatre Ribbon w/1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Victory Medal and the German Occupation Ribbon. He was a member of American Legion Post #104 in Cleveland Heights.
In 1949, William moved in Rangley, CO, owning and editing the Rangley Driller newspaper prior to serving as the Rangley City Manager through 1959. After serving as the General Manager of a private residential and recreational facility in Kansas City, KS, he moved to Cleveland Heights, OH in 1959. He served first as the Assistant to the City Manager then as City Manager of Cleveland Heights from 1963 to 1975 at which time he was named Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. In 1981, the position was expanded to General Manager which encompassed 4 counties employing more than 2,400 employees. Upon retiring in 1985, Bill became a consultant for independent investments and property management.
In lieu of flowers, donations to: LT (JG) Donald Richard Powers Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Cleveland Foundation.