December 9, 1926February 17, 2013

William “Bill” Richard Lesch 86, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday February 17. He was born in Sellersburg, IN on December 9, 1926. He moved to Indianapolis and attended St. Joan of Arc and Cathedral High School and served in the Navy during WWII. Bill graduated from Butler University in 1949. Bill and the love of his life, Joan, met at the Riviera Club where he worked as a lifeguard. They were married in November of 1950 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Bill worked in the personnel department for RCA, who sent him and his growing family to NYC, NJ and OH before moving them back to Indianapolis, where they became members of St. Pius X parish in 1964. Soon after, Bill took a job in the personnel department at AFNB (now Chase Bank), eventually being promoted to Vice President of Personnel. Bill’s accomplishments and contributions were many. He proudly served on the Board of Directors of Noble of Indiana and The Arc of Indiana, as well as being a member of Knights of Columbus. Later in life, he enjoyed being a career counselor. Bill especially loved spending time with his family at their cottage on Lake Wawasee. He was compassionate, steadfast, adventurous and a spiritually-driven loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid reader who loved music, traveling, hiking and camping with his family; he had an endless curiosity about life. Bill was preceded in death by his two sons, Michael and Joseph, his parents, Carl and Elsie, his brother Carl and sisters Margaret and Jane. He is survived by his wife Joan and their children, William (Connie), Timothy (Ellen), John (Betsy), Anne, James (Teresa), Kathryn (Hildred), Tom (Debbie) and niece Tammy Moran. He was beloved and will be greatly missed by his 15 grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank all the relatives and dear friends who helped care for Bill near the end of his life, with a special thanks to The Caring Place and caregiver Antonio Mabry. Visitation will take place from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive, on Friday February 22 and again at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday February 23. The Mass in celebration of his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, followed by interment at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bill’s name to St. Pius X Catholic Church,, A Caring Place, 4609 N. Capital Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208,, or Noble of Indiana, 7701 East 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219, Services entrusted to Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary and memorial tributes may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, February 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 23, 2013


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Melissa Moran

February 24, 2013

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know Bill through the SPRED program at St. Pius X. In this program, we met bi weekly to reflect on scripture and writings; Bill's love for life and his family always shone through his stories. In the other weeks, we met with our special friends, and Bill's calm, smiling and loving presence was at the center of our welcoming space for those special friends. Bill will be missed in the St. Pius X family.

Marc Theising

February 22, 2013

Condolences from the Theising family.
So sorry for your loss. Bill was such a wonderful person. He will be missed.

Nancy Gorgol

February 22, 2013

Uncle Bill was such a wonderful man. The love he shared with our family and friends will live on forever. Uncle Bill I will always remember your stories about the "Giant Turtle of Churubusco", family dinners at Thanksgiving, get togethers at Lake Wawasee and our trips to Das Essenhaus.

Karen Lane

February 21, 2013

I had heard of Bill Lesch before I met him. I was in the Retail Training Dept. at Bank One, Indianapolis, and he was the Director of Personnel. I was in awe and felt a bit of trepidation when thinking of meeting and interacting with him, Then I met Bill. He was one the most genuine "people" people I had ever met. Eventually, I had the privilege of attending one of Bill's seminars. I still have the gift mug with the message "Imagination is greater than knowledge" from Albert Einstein. It was an insightful session! The culmination of my interactions with Bill was the opportunity to co-faciitate seminars with Bill. What a pleasure it was! His years of experience in working and dealing with people coupled with his innate goodness were inspiring to our attendees and to me. Bill gave so much. He was a man of God. He was truly a blessing.

February 21, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I will miss the man who was loved by so many. Always upbeat and looking for a better way to live spiritually, in mind, and in body!
Ann Arvidson

Jeff Kirby

February 21, 2013

What a great man and a great family. I have so many great memories with all of them.

Beth Sills

February 21, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the Lesch Family. I am so glad that I got to know Bill and his wonderful family! This is truly a heartfelt sad time losing Bill. I know he is with God now and his son Joseph. May God grant the family with the comfort and warmth and love needed at this time.

February 20, 2013

The God of all comfort will comfort you in your time of sorrow. (2Cor. 1:4)

C Johnson

February 20, 2013

My sympathy to the Lesch family. I worked with Tim many years ago at Crossroads Rehab and I will always remember what a wonderful family you have. My sincere condolences.Kathy Aders Brenton

Clifford Spears

February 20, 2013

I was HR Director at Merchants Bank when Bill was at AFNB. We had many talks and lunches together. Bill was a man of total class, and I have always liked and respected him. May Our Redeemer welcome him into the blissful eternal rest that he so richly deserves.