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“With honor to the memory of WWII Veteran George Barnett Leach, native of Jackson County, Ohio and awardee of the Croix de Guerre. ”
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“Nancy, I don't know whether or not you remember me and I hope You're the right girl I went to nursing school with at Mount Carmel briefly. George was...Read More »
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“Many condolences Nancy, Brownie, Lynn , Eric, Melissa and Doug.Uncle George, Thank you for being a hero to not only our country, but to my...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Aimee Arthur Wastell - Phoenix, AZ

5 of 12 | Posted by: TOM TIEDT - COSHOCTON, OH

“George lived hard, played hard but he had a soft heart. R.I.P. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“God bless you and thank you to one of America's greatest generation heroes. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Everyone in the USA

“So long,George! Have a good trip! ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Tommy Crown - COSHOCTON, OH

“Go in peace Uncle George, you will be missed. Love Bobby ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Robert Leach - Dunedin, FL

“I had the pleasure of knowing and loving this most jovial guy. RIP Love Peggy ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Peggy Leach - Dunedin, FL

11 of 12 | Posted by: Virgil and Linda - Coshocton, OH

“Rest In Peace George. What an amazing life you have lead. I am proud to have known you. My condolences to Nancy , Brownie, Lynn Eric Melissa and Doug...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Katie Brodie

George B. Leach, an old solider laid to rest. George Barnett Leach, 93, of Coshocton, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Genesis Health Services in Zanesville. He was born the seventh son of a seventh son, on the seventh day of the seventh month in 1924 to Carl Lamar Leach and Clara Pauline (Sullivan) Leach in Wellston, Ohio.
He was one of ten children and along with his parents he was preceded by all. They include Paul Joseph (Lorena), Mary Marjorie (Sheldon) Miller, Charles Arthur "Chappie" (Mary Ann), Betty Jane, Robert Earl, Carl Patrick, James Thomas (Anna Marie), Sally Ann, and Nancy Catherine.
He attended St. Peter and Paul Catholic grade school and Wellston High School, where he was an outstanding football player. He was drafted into the US Army during his senior year in 1943. He was trained as a tank gunner at Ft. Knox, KY. He was shipped to England to join the Normandy invasion, landing on Omaha Beach with the Third Armored, (Spear Head) Division of the First Army. During that division's advance, he participated in several major campaigns; Northern France 7/25/44 – 9/14/44; Rhineland 9/15/44 – 3/21/45; Ardennes – Alsace (Battle of the Bulge) 12/16/44-1/25/45; and central Europe 3/25/45-5/11/45. After an honorable discharge, he continued to serve in the Army National Guard until 1953. For his service, he was awarded a Bronze star with cluster and "V" device for valor, several sharp shooter medals, the Croix D. Guerre. On November 11, 2013, he was awarded the highest honor of France, the French Legion Medal of Honor for his part in the liberation of France during WWII by the French Consulate.
On January 23, 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lucille "Mary Lou" (Brown). They were blessed with three children; Nancy Jane of West Lafayette, with whom he made his home. George Brown (Lynn) of Coshocton, and John Paul. Mary Lou passed away in 1998 and John Paul in 2002. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Douglas B. Leach of Coshocton, Melissa A. (Steve Allen) Corwin of Warsaw, and Eric R. (Suzanne) of Honolulu, Hawaii, USAF; two great grandchildren, Caitlyn Kristine and Andrew Douglas of Warsaw; many nieces and nephews.
For 36 years he was employed by Peabody Coal Company as a prospector. After his retirement in 1985, he became active with the Coshocton County Veterans Service Honor guard and has participated in 1,431 military funerals. For 23 years, as a member of the American Legion Color Guard, he raised the flag at all CHS home football games. He was a 72 year member of the American Legion Post 65 and held life memberships in VFW 1330, Army-Navy Garrison, AMVETS, Loyal Order of Moose, and Coshocton Eagles. In July 2016, he proudly served as Grand Marshall of the West Lafayette Homecoming Festival Parade, honoring the coal miners of Coshocton County.
In 2004, along with seven of his classmates who were drafted into WWII, he received his high school diploma. He was 80 years old. His comment at the time was, "Now I can get a job."
Friends may call at McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm. Graveside services will immediately follow at Ridgewood Cemetery with Father Donald Maroon officiating. Online condolences can be sent to the family at or