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Ernest Ray Leitch

December 6, 1947 ~ March 24, 2020 (age 72)


Ernest Ray Leitch, 72, of Poland, passed away peacefully, at his residence on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  Ernie was born in Kendallville, Indiana on December 6, 1947, to Brian Winslow Leitch and Lilian (Ott) Leitch.  Ernie served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict.  Ernie retired as a correctional officer from Putnamville Correctional Facility.  He married the love of his life, Gwyndalin Joy (Rhoads) Leitch on August 3, 1968 and together they raised a wonderful family.  Ernie and Gwyn are longtime members of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Poland.

Ernie is survived by his wife, children, Dustin Ray and wife Traci Leitch, Christine Rachelle and husband Michael Daly, grandchildren, Brody Leitch, Jacob Leitch, siblings, Edwin Leitch, Eldon Leitch, Ellen Ruth and husband Dale Horsfall, Evelyn and husband Dennis Prince, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Elaine Leitch.

A memorial service will take place at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Poland at a later date. 

Arrangements provided by West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church, 11216 Oak Grove Road, Poland, Indiana 47868. 

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