William D. 'Bill' Lesh

William D. “Bill” Lesh, 76, of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at his home.
    
Mr. Lesh graduated from Huntington High School in 1959 and attended Huntington University and Indiana University. He served in the United States Air Force. He retired in 2004 as an engineer with New Jersey Transit after 20 years of service in the northeast corridor of the Dewart District Priston Branch. Previously he had been an engineer with Erie Lackawanna Railroad. He won top national honors in the 1993 Railroad Rodeo Competition, competing for New Jersey Transit. He was a member of the National Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Mr. Lesh was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Huntington. He was as former president of Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club.

He was born Aug. 4, 1941, in Huntington to Joseph H. and Marian Kemmer Lesh. He married Greta Smithley on Oct. 15, 1988, in Huntington, and she survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Leah M. Lesh, of Markle; a stepson, Chad (Sandy) Shaw, of Huntington; a stepdaughter, Carrie (Erik) Stecher, of Marion; two brothers, Robert H. Smith, of Huntington, and J. Harold (Vina) Lesh, of Shateaufort, France; a sister, Carolyn (Richard) Mishler, of Toledo, OH; a half-sister, Diana (J.R.) Smith, of Lodi, CA; a half-brother, Steven (Jennifer) Smith, of St. Petersburg, FL; and 10 grandchildren.

Calling is Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington. A remembrance service will follow immediately after at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Rev. Russell W. Haitch officiating. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry St., Huntington, with one hour of visitation prior. Rev. Tony Steinacker will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Huntington.

Memorials are to Young Vision Africa, at www.youngvisionafrica.org or mailed to Young Vision Africa, PO Box 6063, Somerset, NJ 08875, or to Neema Children’s Center, in care of Rev. Russell Haitch, 915 Hidden Valley Drive, Richmond, IN 47374.

The online guestbook can be signed at www.baileylove.com.