Leroy George Ash passed away on February 2nd, 2019 at home with his wife and children. Leroy was born “a hundred thousand years ago” on May 18, 1943, bringing into the world an easygoing nature and quick-witted sense of humor that brightened the lives of those around him and endured even in his most difficult times. He was the eye of the storm in a family that was always moving; if you asked him, he’d tell you it was like being in the middle of a flock of sparrows.
In his youth, Leroy was a member of the Marine Corps Band, and he played Taps at the funeral for the first fallen Officer in Vietnam. Upon his return to Indiana, he began a 25 year career at Wilson Foods, then served as a corrections officer for Logansport’s juvenile detention center until he retired in 2007. Leroy was a talented musician, a skill he put to use as a trumpet player in several bands and as a vocalist for the San Quentin Seven. There wasn’t a song on the radio he couldn’t improve by singing along or hamboning to, or a pie he wouldn’t make sure you tried before you could leave the house.
He is reunited with his parents, Arthur Pete Ash and Catherine Wandrey Ash; co-presidents of the R.O.M.E.O Club, Randy Acres and Bob Llewellyn; and all of his pets named Pete. He is survived by his wife, Jill Ash; his brother, John (Terry) Ash; his children, Katie, Hannah, Haley and Olivia Johnson, Brook (Crystal) Ash, Natalie Forte, Carla (Matt) Pratt, and Justin (Johanna) Ash; eleven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Fair winds and following seas to a loving man, whose smile lit up a room even if he hated to be told so.