Connersville native, Norman E. Leach, 84, passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at Reid Health in Richmond.

Norman was born to Newton L. and Margaret F. Best Leach on August 20, 1938. He attended Connersville Senior High graduating with the class of 1956. Norman married the former Carolyn L. Lyons on June 25, 1960 in Georgia; together they spent fifty-four years prior to her passing in 2014. Norman enlisted in the United States Navy in 1957. He was stationed on U.S.S Myles C. Fox in Long Beach, California where he earned the Good Conduct medal before being honorably discharged in 1962. After returning home, Norman was employed with Philco Ford as a sweeper, working his way through the ranks until becoming a supervisor, retiring after thirty-plus years. He was a member of Warren Lodge #15 F&AM and an avid HAM Radio Operator, #KA9WQJ. Norman enjoyed listening to the police scanner, and reading in his spare time. He was an outstanding writer, specializing in poetry. He had many pieces published, some of which were in the Connersville News Examiner and Grit Magazine. Norman loved his family, especially his Parrot, Earthquake. He will be missed by all his family and friends.

Norman is survived by his children and their spouses: Eunice and David Jordan, Tonja and Donald Tiemann, Norman C.N. and Polly Leach; brother: George (Marie) Leach; sisters: Linda Wolfe, Mary Lou Rogers; five grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, Norman is preceded in death by his son: Christopher Leach; grandson: Chris Jordan; sister: Pat Hornaday; brothers-in-law: John Wolfe and Bill Rogers; Parrot: Earthquake.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at Showalter Blackwell Long, Myers Chapel, Connersville. Friends may visit the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the Masonic Service begins at 10:45 a.m., Burial will follow at Dale Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in Norman’s honor.