Leroy Aldon Cantrel

23 October, 19379 October, 2021

Cantrel, LeRoy Aldon (aka Lee, Larry, Uncle Bud), age 83, died October 9, 2021. Lee moved from McAlester, Oklahoma to Fern Creek, KY in 1948 where he graduated from Fern Creek High School in 1955. He received his BS Degree from Morehead State College and his MA and Ed.S degrees from the University of Kentucky. Lee taught Business Education at Butler High School in Louisville from 1959 to 1968 and sponsored the schools Student Council, National Honor Society, Co-Op, Senior Class plays, and several Senior Class trips. He cherished his time with students as a teacher and facilitator. From 1969 to 1971 he became the Coordinator of Student Teaching at the University of Kentucky. Until his retirement in 1992 he was the State Supervisor for Business Education at the Kentucky Department of Education. In that position he served as State Executive Secretary for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) where he was named to the FBLA Wall of Fame in 1997. From 1981 to 1986 Lee provided leadership as State Advisor for Kentucky’s DECA organization. He was named as Honorary Life Member of Kentucky DECA in 1987. During retirement he was actively involved in the Louisville Ballet Partners organization and also provided many other organizations with charitable contributions.

Lee was preceded in death in 2005 by his wife, Lynda Irvin Cantrel, who retired from Butler High School after teaching English there for 30 years. His mother, Mary Belle Harden, brother-in-law Bob Baumgarten, and great nephew Eric Baumgarten, also preceded him in death. Lee is survived by his sister, Bertha Cantrel Baumgarten, nephews Chuck and Bobby Baumgarten (Debbie), niece Michele Lee Allen (David), several great nieces and nephews and his beloved cat, Sugar.


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Amy Jarrell

24 October 2021

Happy first birthday in heaven, Uncle Lee! I hope you are celebrating with Aunt Lynda. I am thankful Lynda married you making you a part of our lives as well. You may not have been related by “blood”, but you were most definitely “family” to us. You were a wonderful uncle to me, my husband and my three children-all who loved you as much as I did. I will never forget the two of us laughing as we came up with the nickname “Great” as you held my first-born (your great nephew) in your arms for the first time. What a perfect name for you! We will cherish all the fond memories of our vacations, visits, family get-togethers and talks on the phone. You may be gone from the earth, but you will live in our hearts forever.
All our love,
Amy, Ben, Andrew, Emily and Jacob

Madeline Cowgill-Harlan

22 October 2021

I met Lee back in 2013 when I worked at Planet Fitness. He would come in every morning to work out and we would chat and eventually we become really good friends. I'm going to miss our weekly brunch dates. The first time he took me to the Louisville Ballet, we saw Dirty Dancing! I loved going to ballets with him, we would always go to dinner beforehand at Bristol or Dittos. No matter where we went - ballet or restaurants, Lee always knew the staff or other patrons and was always a "regular" everywhere. He will greatly be missed and was deeply loved by everyone he met.

Jerry Rice

21 October 2021

Much more than a teacher and play director, our "Mr. Cantrel" was really one of us, his Butler HS Class kids of 1962. Wonderful, loving memories of a kind counselor, encourager and a listening friend who was always Young at Heart. I miss him. Prayers and God's blessings to all his family and friends. ✝️🙏❤️

Paul “Les” Bigelow

20 October 2021

Lee took me under his wing over fifty (50) years ago, when we were neighbors. We have remained very close friends since then. He was a kind, caring, and positive influence in my life. Lee will be missed as he was not only a dear friend but a father-figure to me for nearly my lifetime.

To his loved ones and friends, may you find comfort and strength in the precious memories you hold of Lee and his wife, Lynda.

With our deepest sympathy,
Les and Judy Bigelow

Charles Hatzell

15 October 2021

Lee was my typing instructor at BHS. We later reconnected at UK in the early 70s and stayed in touch thereafter. He was a frequent visitor at my winery and I will miss him greatly.
Mike Hatzell
Class of 61

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