Richard Leslie


Richard T. Leslie, 74, of Columbus, went to his Heavenly home at 12:58 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017, at I.U. Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Richard graduated from Columbus High School in 1960.

He loved people and made sure his career goals encompassed that.

He worked for Rumpke of Indiana for 18 years as a sales retention specialist and had planned to retire April 1, 2017.

Richard enjoyed people, auto racing, cars, auctions, his family and his beloved dog, Bella.

Richard was born to Thomas and Edna Mae Vance Sturgeon on Dec. 31, 1942. He was raised by Robert E. and Edna Mae Leslie, who adopted him as a son on his 21st birthday.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street. In keeping with Richard’s wishes, no service are planned. Cremation will take place following the visitation.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Red Sky Rescue, 8305 W. County Road 150N, Medora, Indiana 47260; Jackson County Dog Shelter, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, Indiana 47274 or Anchor House Family Assistance Shelter, 250 S. Vine St., Seymour, Indiana 47274.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Leslie family and a video tribute may be viewed at

He married Betty L. Guthrie, June 20, 1964, in Columbus.

Richard was a loving father to LeaKay Leslie Fields (Mike Snyder) of Auburn and Richard Christopher (Amberley) Leslie of Columbus. God blessed him with loving grandchildren, Dalton Leslie, Chase Leslie, Cierra Snyder and Adam Snyder; great-grandchildren, Kylye Snyder and Jackson Naylor Leslie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Richard devoted his life to his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and everyone he encountered.