E. Leon Hitchcock, 87, of Hope, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis.
Before retirement, Leon worked as a heavy equipment operator at Force Construction for 18 years. He also owned and operated Hitchcock Trucking for 32 years.
He was a member of Clifford Eastern Star No. 587 for 63 years, Hope Masonic Lodge No. 150 for 64 years, Scottish Rite for 49 years, Bartholomew County Shrine Club and Nobles of the Mystic Shrine Club for 39 years. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Hope.
Leon was a very accomplished woodworker and enjoyed doing puzzles and wood search puzzles. He also loved to mow the yard.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Norman Funeral Home in Hope with Pastor Dennis Aud officiating. Cremation will follow. Visitation will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday. All Masons are invited to attend.
Memorials may be given to Hawcreek Flatrock Area Endowment Fund or Hope Masonic Lodge No. 150 through Norman Funeral Home, 604 Main Street, Hope, IN 47246.
Born on August 22, 1929, Leon was the son of Earl Franklin Hitchcock and Ruth Hege Carter. He married Norma Jean Stone on September 9, 2002, and she survives.
Other survivors include children, Carl (DeeAnn) Hitchcock of Hartsville and Sue Repp of Hope; stepchildren, Michael (Dana) Stone of Carthage, Indiana, and Melanie Stone of Loveland, Colorado; grandchildren, Joey (Mollie) Hitchcock, Cody and Logan Hitchcock, Doré (Cory) Julian, Cody Stone, Jaxon Ryder Stone, Haleigh, Daniel and Kendra Sanders, Shelby (Ryan) Shigley and Grant Perrin; and great-grandchildren, Kevin and Annabella Julian, Gabe Hitchcock and Alena Shigley.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Kevin and Clyde Lynn Hitchcock; and a half sister, Kay Whetstine.
Online condolences may be sent to the Hitchcock family at http://www.normanfuneralhome.net.