New metal benches honoring the Lehman family, owners of Lebanon’s Munger Moss Motel for 48 years, were installed Wednesday outside the Camp Joy cabin in Boswell Park and at the motel.
The bench at the cabin is in memory of Bob Lehman, who died Feb. 28. The bench at the motel, placed beneath its iconic neon sign, salutes Bob and Ramona Lehman. Both benches have cutouts of the Route 66 shield. The Munger Moss bench includes a cutout of the sign.
The benches were built by Ricky Shadel, who is married to the Lehmans’ daughter, Mary Jo.
“The boys said they needed a bench at the cabin,” Ramona said, referring to the committee of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society that restored the cabin earlier this year. “I said I’ll get it.”
But when Shadel delivered the cabin bench, Ramona was pleasantly surprised that he had built one for the motel, too.
Both benches are bolted to the ground.
Business was brisk at the internationally known Munger Moss this morning as overnight guests from South Africa and Mississippi checked out within minutes of each other. Ramona said it was the first time in years that she had had guests from South Africa.
Both were headed to the Lebanon Route 66 Museum on their next stop on The Mother Road.