Donald Newton Leckrone

Died: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 16, 2018
Location: Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Feb. 17, 2018
Location: Edgewood United Methodist Church

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Donald N. Leckrone, 91, of Indianapolis, passed away in the afternoon of February 10, 2018 in Indianapolis. Don was born October 11, 1926 in Boone County, Indiana, a son of the late Charles S. and Lillie M. 'DuVall' Leckrone.

Don was a 1942 graduate of Pinnell High School and was the president of the class of eight students. After high school, he honorably served his country in the United States Army Air Force, serving in the European Theatre during World War II. After his discharge from the Army Air Force, he married his beloved Mildred “Millie” Kiley of Lebanon in 1947 at the Edgewood Methodist Church (“little white church with a pond”). They were married until her passing in 2009 after nine years of his provision of faithful, loving care for her stroke condition. Three years later, he married a long-time church friend whom also served in his church choir, Martha “Rose” Murphy.  Don was a very active member of Edgewood United Methodist Church where he put his beautiful tenor voice to work in the choir as well as serving on various committees. He previously had been a member of the board of trustees at the church. For a few years, Don was a coach in little league baseball at Indiana Central College, where he coached his son among other boys in the early 1960’s. Don was a member of Southport Lodge No. 270, F&AM, where he was awarded the 50-year pin. Don was employed for many years in the publications department at Detroit Diesel Allison Division of General Motors where he retired after 35 years of service.

Don was a true old-fashioned gentleman in every sense of the word. He was courteous, selfless, kind, disciplined and respectful of others, honest, trustworthy, a loyal hard-working citizen and neighbor. His only enemies were landscape weeds, fallen leaves and snow, all of which he fought fiercely. He loved being outdoors, including his passion for gardening and working in his yard. He often took his family to McCormick’s Creek State Park for vacations and getaway weekends due to its beautiful natural settings.  He had previously actively played golf with friends and family until Millie’s stroke in 2000 preoccupied most of his time commitments.  He particularly enjoyed singing as well as travelling. He loved people and was loved by all who ever met him. Don was a Godly man and his influence and love will be keenly missed.

Don is survived by his wife, Rose Murphy, a son, Michael E. (Rhonda) Leckrone, two daughters, Janice E. (Gerald) Brett and Nancy L. (Gary) Ayers; his grandchildren, Brenda May, Gregory Brett, Allison Taffe, Christopher Leckrone, Jeremiah Ayers, Katherine Leckrone and Sarah Ayers; seven great-grandchildren; his step-children, Duane (Anita) Murphy, Bryan Murphy, Shannon (Tom) Pinson and Lloyd (Libby) Murphy; his step-grandchildren, Joshua (Ellie) Murphy, Charlotte R. Murphy, Patrick Murphy, Collin Murphy, Marisa Pinson, Liana Pinson, Jordan Murphy and Claire Murphy; two step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in his passing by his parents; his first wife, Millie Leckrone; his stepmother who raised Don from early childhood, Eunice Leckrone; two brothers, one of whom was also a WWII veteran of the European Theatre, and a sister.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 pm Friday, February 16 at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Southport Lodge No. 270, F&AM will conduct a memorial service at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Edgewood United Methodist Church, 1820 E. Epler Ave., in Indianapolis. Burial will follow at Lincoln Memory Gardens with military honors provided by a contingent from the United States Army. A luncheon at Edgewood United Methodist Church will follow the burial service.

For those choosing to honor Don with a memorial contribution, the family has suggested they be offered to Edgewood United Methodist Church.

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Karen Sipes
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss Nancy Ayers. Prayers to you and everyone who knew and loved your father. By his obituary, I can see he was a light upon this world that strengthened and served his community well.

Clyde V. McAdams, Southport Lodge 270 F&AM
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
To Rose and family of Brother Don Leckrone, we extend our sincere sympathy at the passing of our Brother Don, he was active form many years assisting with the new brothers as they began their journey in Masonry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

A memorial will be made to the Indiana Masonic Home in Brother Don's memory.


Clyde V. McAdams
Secretary, Southport Lodge #270 F&AM

Catherine McAllister
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018

SENTIMETAL SALUTE was sent by John and Cathy McAllister.

We will miss you, Uncle Don! Condolences and love to Rose, Mike, Jan, Nancy and Grandchildren. John and Cathy McAllister

Colleen Tennyson
   Posted Wed February 14, 2018
Mike and family
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Your father sounds like a wonderful person - you were blessed to have him in your life, I'm sure.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Beth Moffatt Yost
   Posted Wed February 14, 2018
Don was one of the few remaining people I always looked for when I came home and attended church at Edgewood UMC. He always had a ready smile and a big hug for me when we saw each other. He was and always will be a very special person to me. Prayers and thoughts for all the family as you celebrate his life and grieve his loss.

Ron and Sarah Cunningham
   Posted Wed February 14, 2018
Mike, Rhonda, and family,
We were saddened to learn of your dad’s passing. He was always such a sweet gentleman.
He contributed so much in his lifetime in such a kind pleasant way. We are sorry we won’t be able to see you this week since we are in Florida. Our thoughts are with you.

Ron and Sarah Cunningham

Bonny Temple
   Posted Wed February 14, 2018
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. The obituary described him well as a tru gentleman and a Godly man. I was privileged to be his backdoor neighbor for many years. He always had a smile, a helping hand and plenty of produce to share from his garden. I will always remember and have great respect for the way he cared for his precious Millie after her stroke. Rest In Peace, Don, there are not many of your integrity left anymore.

Dottie Roth
   Posted Sat February 17, 2018
I've only known Don for 6 years, but have grown to admire and love him. My husband and I are so saddened by his death and devastated for what this means for Rose and for his own family. Unable to be there with you today as the funeral is carried out, we are praying for you all and singing praises to God for his life and wit and kindness. May he rest in peace, and may you all find comfort and strength in your memories of a life well lived!

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