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Leroy Logsdon, age 71 of Leitchfield, passed away, Tuesday, August 14th 2018 at his residence. He was born May 1st 1947 in Hart County, KY to farmers Irene and Alva Logsdon, Leroy was the second oldest of seven children. He was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest sister Brenda Miller (Logsdon). Leroy grew up excelling in sports like track and to his death there were even a few that still called him Double Zero. Zero would also serve as his favorite candy of choice, well that and pretty much anything with sugar --- cream sickles, soda and a pineapple upside down cake among others. A surprising fact when you consider that he probably weighed only 130 pounds soaking wet. He was a family man marrying his wife of 48 years, Molly Hylton, on Christmas Eve in 1969. It was a chance meeting at the sewing factory that proved to be an encounter that forever changed their lives. They had three boys --- Donald (1975), Keith (1977) and Mark (1983). Leroy, aka dad, was one of the first employees hired at air compressor leaders Campbell Hausfeld and would work at the factory during the day and tend to the tobacco and interchanging livestock on the family farm at night. He taught his family the meaning of hard work. Like so many in the farming communities that pull double duty, he'd be up as early at 3:30 or 4 AM and work until the sun went down each night. A lover of biscuits and gravy, during his factory years, he would rush home to see his wife each day for lunch.
An injury on the clock at Campbell Hausfeld in 2004 would take his ability to walk for a several months, but he was determined to not let that be the end of his journey. He would regain the ability to walk and suffered through the pain for the next fourteen years. He'd spend his days working on his first love, all things Mopar, being possibly the most avid collector of the classic cars in the county. When he wasn't under a hood or shooting the breeze with his brothers and sisters, he was a watcher of all things western on the small screen. From the Rifleman to Bonanza to the Big Valley, he knew all the stories by heart and despite his inability to work a computer, he could find those channels on a remote faster than anything you have seen. He was there in the hospital when Keith and his daughter-in-law Gail had his first grandson in 2005, Adam, whom he absolutely loved to spend time with and tried his best to make a hunter and outdoorsman out of him. His second grandson would come in 2014, Zachary, a ball of energy that always had to be into something just like his papaw.
He would pull through a heart attack and a malfunctioning defibrillator that stopped his heart at least three times, but it was lung cancer that finally took him to victory lane. He was a lover of NASCAR, mushroom hunting, a yard sale or flea market bargain and any movie that starred Robert Duvall, especially Days of Thunder and The Apostle. He was a firm man, who served as the foundation for his family, that went out the way he wanted to in the comfort of his own home in his favorite blue chair.
The deer on the farm can rest easy this year as there will be one less scope on the hunt for them this season, but don't fret as I am positive that this man, better known as Britches or the Green Lantern, is cutting up and behind the wheels of a Barracuda enjoying his life beyond this world. We will forever miss you. Molly, Donald, Keith, Mark, Gail, Adam and Zachary. Living siblings Farley Logsdon, Pearlene Hodge, Cubby Logsdon, Carolyn Hack and Vernie Logsdon all of Leitchfield, KY. In additional, he had several nieces and nephews.