Rev. Robert G. “Bob” Leach, age 76, of Madison, Indiana, died on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at 2:10 a.m. at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. Bob left his life in the same way he ended his prayer, “and for what you do, we thank you for it. Amen.” He was the father of Leanne Zeigler, of the Weisbach community.
A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, January 9th, at 11:00 a.m., by Rev. Paul Gray and Rev. John Zeigler, at the North Madison Christian Church, 1400 East State Road 62, in Madison, Indiana.
Private interment will follow in the Springdale Cemetery, at 600 West Fifth Street, in downtown Madison.
Rev. Leach entered this life on May 4, 1944, in Trimble County, Kentucky, on Spring Creek. He was the loving son of the late Elmo and Lela F. Morgan Leach. He was raised in Trimble County and went to school there. He attended Madison High School and later received his GED from Trimble County High School.
On May 11, 1962, Bob was united in marriage to Janis Rae King at the Milton Baptist Church in Milton, Kentucky. This happy union of 53 years was blessed with a daughter, Leanne, and sons, Greg, Steve, and Jeremy.
Bob worked early in life at Williamson Heater Company, in Madison, for several years. He was ordained in 1970 as a Pastor with the Pilgrim Holiness faith. This led to a life of faith to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of over 45 years of service to his church and community.
Bob had worked at Rexnord-Chain Belt (Envirex/US Filter) for 35 years, retiring in 1999. He had served as sexton and grounds keeper of the Springdale Cemetery since 1999, and was the co-owner and co-operator of Ohio Valley Excavating with his late wife, Janis, and his son, Steve, since March 2005.
Bob had resided in Madison since 1962, had served as Conference Treasurer for the Pilgrim Holiness Conference for 12 years. He supported the Pilgrim Family Camp and Pilgrim Youth Camp for over 30 years. Bob had volunteered with King’s Daughters’ Hospital since 1999, and served as a Chaplain as well.
Bob enjoyed fishing, especially taking fishing trips with his sons and brother. Bob lived his life to help others, friendship was important to him, he was a man of integrity and trust.
Janis was diagnosed with cancer in July 2015 and Bob lovingly cared for her until her death on October 4, 2015.
Bob had fought a two and a half year battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis and was lovingly cared for by his friend Dee Strouse and his family.
Bob will be missed by his loving daughter, Leanne Zeigler and her husband, Rev. John Zeigler of Shoals; his loving sons, Greg Leach, and his wife Lori, of Madison, Steve Leach, and his wife Kim, of Madison, Jeremy Leach, and his wife Emilie, of Covington, Kentucky; his loving grandchildren, Janae, Jonathan (Amberly), Caleb (Autumn), Megan (Brandon), Jordan (Bridget), Ethan, Eric, Saxxlyn, Annabel, Finn, and Charlie; his adoring great grandchildren, Natalie, Carson, Lucy, and Walt; his brother, Michael Leach, and his wife Rose, of Loogootee, his special friend, Carolyn “Dee” Strouse and her family, of Madison; his sisters-in-laws, Nadine Jones, and her husband Bob, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Judi Boldery, of Hanover, Sherry Dunaway, of Bedford, Kentucky; his brothers-in-law, Junior Sutherland, of Carrollton, Kentucky, and Donald Bladen, of Michigan; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Jacob Leach, his sisters, Joann Leach Sutherland and Helen LaVerne Leach Taylor, his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jackson King, Lawrence King, Wayva Blarden, Richard Dunaway, Elston Boldery, Mary Helen McClure, and Ralph McClure.
Friends may visit Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive, in Madison, and after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the North Madison Christian Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pilgrim Holiness Church or the Springdale Cemetery.