Our Staff


Licensed Staff:

All of our licensed directors adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field. We are proud to have them on our staff.

Michael A. Lehman

Michael A. Lehman

Owner, Funeral Director

Michael serves as president and owner of Lehman Funeral Homes and has been a resident of Ionia county his entire life. He graduated from St. Patrick Catholic School in 1986 and from Wayne State University in 1993. Michael was a licensed funeral director with the Tiffany Funeral Home and Manager of Estes-Leadley Funeral Home, both in Lansing, before starting the Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Homes in Portland and Ionia. He is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Portland, a member of the Knights of Columbus #2168, past president of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association District #5, and served as a Board of Director on the Portland Chamber of Commerce and is currently serving on the Board of Directors at Sparrow Ionia Hospital and the Hospital Foundation. He is married to Lisa (Schrauben) Lehman and together they have two children, a daughter, Ellesse and a son, Brayton.

Email: lehmanfuneral@att.net


Keith E. Neller

Keith E. Neller

Funeral Director

Keith has been a resident of Portland his entire life. He graduated from Portland High School, attended Central Michigan University, and graduated from Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1960. Following his military service, Keith joined his father, Harvey Neller as a third generation owner of the Neller Funeral Home. He is a member of the Portland United Methodist Church, a member of the Portland Foundation for Public Education, Portland Civic Club, Past President of Michigan Funeral Directors Association District #5, serving on the Board of Directors from 1984-1986, and is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He is married to Rosemary (Whiting) Neller and together they have two children and one granddaughter.

Email: lehmanfuneral@att.net


Ellesse Lehman

Funeral Director

Elle has lived in Portland her entire life and grew up in funeral service. She is a second-generation licensed funeral director and proudly continues to serve at Lehman Funeral Homes with her father, Michael Lehman. After graduating from St. Patrick Catholic School in 2013, Elle attended Wayne State University, graduating with her Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science in 2016. She is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Portland, serves as a board member of the Portland Area Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Ionia Area Chamber Ambassadors, and is a softball coach in the Ionia Bulldogs Fastpitch Program.



STAFF ASSOCIATES:

Although they are not licensed funeral directors, these staff members are vitally important to the operation of our firm. These individuals make it possible for us to professionally coordinate funerals with the quality of service our community has come to expect from us.

Rosemary Neller

Funeral Service Associate


Tom Lehman

Funeral Service Associate


The Late Richard Pohl

Funeral Service Associate



Lee Lampman

Funeral Service Associate


George Warner

Funeral Service Associate



Steve Croel

Funeral Service Associate


Patti Cockrum

Funeral Service Associate




Support Staff

Typically not seen during the funeral, the behind-the-scenes presence of support staff is nonetheless critical to the day-to-day operation of our facilities. Our support staff plays an important role in ensuring our high standard of service. We are proud of their dedication and commitment.

Brayton Lehman

Director of Maintenance


Donna Schrauben

Director of Gardening and Groundskeeping



Linda Lehman

Funeral Service Associate


Karen Spitzley

Funeral Service Associate


Eileen Hattis

Funeral Service Associate



Tom Hattis

Director of Nutrition



Carole Schrauben

Funeral Service Associate


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