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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; 11 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.
A private memorial service was already held. Online condolences may be made at www.parsonmortuary.com
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