Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

June 18, 2014

Joseph J. “Joe” Lecher, 93

The Batesville Herald-Tribune


Joseph J. “Joe” Lecher, 93, Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Aspen Place Health Campus, Greensburg. 

Joe was born in Franklin County May 11, 1921, to Peter and Anna (Schulte) Lecher.

Joe joined the Army Air Force in 1942 and served during World War II until 1945. He was a flight engineer for B-29 planes, where he was in charge of all engine and airplane operations while in flight and was assigned to the 20th Air Force on Tinian in the Pacific Area. 

Joe worked as a farmer his whole life. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 129, Greensburg. 

He married Elsie M. Clark Feb. 23, 1952, and she survives. 

Joe is also survived by two sons: David Lecher, Greensburg, and Mike (Barb) Lecher, Greensburg; three brothers: Ed (Luella) Lecher, Greensburg, Paul (Joanne) Lecher, Batesville, and Jim Lecher, Batesville; one sister: Ida Nobbe, Batesville; and two grandchildren: Clark and Elizabeth Lecher, Greensburg.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers: Leo, George, Norbert, Herman, Harry and William Lecher; and one sister: Frieda Nobbe.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, Greensburg, with a rosary being prayed at 3:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. John Meyer officiating. Burial and military funeral rites will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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