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Hugh Leman | Obituaries | Logansport Pharos Grandstand

February 13, 1927
February 14, 2022

Hugh Leeman, 95, died Monday, February 14, 2022, the day after his 95th birthday at his Wynnfield Crossing residence in Rochester.
Born February 13, 1927 in Hamilton County, Indiana, he was the son of the late Joseph Harvey Leeman and the late Grace Edwards (DeVaney) Leeman.
Mr. Leeman was allowed to graduate early from Walnut Grove High School in 1945 so he could enlist in the United States Navy during World War II. He was honorably discharged in June 1946.
Mr. Leeman earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Science in Educational Administration, and Administrative Certification, all from Butler University. He had also completed 18 hours of post-master’s work, all in education and administration.
On February 14, 1946, he married Carolyn (Kelly) Leeman, his high school sweetheart. She predeceased him after 30 years of marriage and three adult children, Kelly, Kevin and Kim.
On July 1, 1976, Hugh was married to Emmy (Medley) Speicher, who had also lost her husband to cancer. She survives. Their 45 years of marriage have been an unexpected long-term blessing to them, their children, their grandchildren, and all who knew them. They were the best friends and accomplices who talked and shared everything until the end.
Mr. Leeman taught biology and coached high school basketball for eight years at Jackson Central High School, now Hamilton Heights. He began his career as a high school administrator at Chili High School in 1958. From 1959 to 1963, he served as principal at his alma mater, Walnut Grove, now part of Hamilton Heights. In 1963, during the consolidation of schools in southeastern Cass County, he became the first principal of Lewis Cass High School. He was proud of the quality of education, foundations and traditions he helped establish for kings. The social and professional contacts created during this period continued for the rest of his life.
In 1965, Mr. Leeman became Principal of Logansport High School and held that position until his retirement in 1984 to travel and enjoy life full time with his wife, Emmy. He always valued students as students, then as friends, associates and fellow citizens of the community. A night out on the town at a favorite restaurant demonstrated the mutual respect and affection extended between him, his students, his teachers and his staff since he was director of LHS.
Professionally, Mr. Leeman extended his legacy beyond Logansport as a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Cass County Teachers Association, and State and National Principals Association. He has always taken pride in his role with the North Central Accreditation Association of Indiana for Indiana Public School Assessment and Improvement.
He was a longtime member of Logansport First United Methodist Church. Hugh and Emmy attended Grace United Methodist Church after moving to Rochester to be on the lake. He was very active in the community and was a past president of the Logansport Rotary Club, and as a master mason he also became a member of the Scottish Rite in Fort Wayne. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the American Legion Post 60. He and Emmy went to Elks Clubs all over the area to dance the night away to those big band sounds they’ve always enjoyed (Tuxedo Junction, et al).
In his spare time Hugh spent time with Emmy hiking, bird watching, tending to their fish pond and planting flowers in their yard. He was an avid reader, especially of historical biographies. He loved to travel, and after his retirement they spent most of their winters in Florida and camping. Still a basketball coach, he loved the sport and followed IU, Purdue, Butler and Notre Dame – evenly matched.
Surviving with Emmy Leeman, his wife of over 45, are their children, Ted (Norma) Speicher, Logansport, Kelly (Pam) Leeman, Logansport, Jane (Max) Speicher-Borden, Rochester, Kevin (Stephanie) Leeman, McGrawsville , JoAnn (Michael) Speicher-Tierney, Chicago, and Kim (Gary) Leeman-Warren, Longboat Key; 24 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild and still counts.
A memorial service celebrating Mr. Leeman’s life will be held in the spring. He will be interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, where he and Emmy will be accompanied by their respective original wives as per arrangements they made years ago for the benefit of all their family members. All military honors will be bestowed by members of the Naval Great Lakes Honor Guard and Cass County Honor Guard. The tap dance will be performed by her grandson, Andy Warren, who is a professional jazz musician. The funeral service will be led by another grandson and minister, Adam Speicher.
This obituary will soon be updated with full details, including information regarding memorial contributions to a scholarship in his memory.
You can share memories, photos and offer your condolences on Mr. Leeman’s tribute wall at

Published on February 18, 2022