Joseph J. “Joe” Lecher, 93, of Greensburg, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.
Joe was born in Franklin County on May 11, 1921, to Peter and Anna (Schulte) Lecher.
Joe joined the Army Air Force in 1942 and served during WWII until 1945. Joe 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, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Post 129, all in Greensburg.
He was married to Elsie M. Clark on Feb. 23, 1952, and she survives.
Joe is also survived by sons, David Lecher and Mike (Barb) Lecher, both of Greensburg; brothers, Ed (Luella) Lecher, of Greensburg, Paul (Joanne) Lecher, of Batesville, and Jim Lecher, of Batesville; sister, Ida Nobbe, of Batesville, and grandchildren, Clark and Elizabeth Lecher, of Greensburg.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leo, George, Norbert, Herman, Harry and William Lecher; and sister, Frieda Nobbe.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg with a rosary being prayed at 3:30 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with 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.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com