Mich. bar honors wish, hosts employee’s funeral
By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press February 13, 2014 2:24PM
All Around Bar owners David Karlson and his wife Sheila Karlson sit at the bar as friends and family gather at the bar in Taylor, Mich., on Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014 for the showing of Jimmy Lehr as part of his wish to have his funeral at the bar he worked at for several years. Family and friends are planning to pay their final respects to Lehr on Thursday at the All Around Bar in Taylor. The 58-year-old died Feb. 7 after having pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press , Ryan Garza)
TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — A friend, father, bouncer and husband several times over has been remembered in the suburban Detroit watering hole he considered his second home and place he requested for his funeral.
Fifty-eight-year-old Jimmy Lehr’s open pine casket was parked on the dance floor Thursday of the All Around Bar as about 100 family members and friends paid their final respects.
Lehr was eulogized by many, including bar owner Dave Karlson, family members and third ex-wife Cheryl Lehr. But Chaplain Janine Folks says the longtime All Around employee “eulogized himself in life” by sharing stories with so many.
He died Feb. 7 after having pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.
The casket was built by friends in about 15 hours. It was placed near where Lehr’s fourth wedding was held in 1996.