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LeRoy W. Eash

Posted on Jan. 10, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Dec. 24, 1941 - Jan. 5, 2013

LUTZ, Fla. — LeRoy W. “Wink” Eash, 71, of Lutz passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

He was born in Fairview, Mich., moved to Valrico from Atlanta in 1979, and back to Lutz in 2007 after residing in Salt Lake City for 10 years.

Wink worked in the plumbing and swimming pool industries.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Land O’ Lakes. He and his wife were one of the founding couples for Worldwide Marriage Encounter Ministry for United Methodist in Florida.

He was preceded in death by a son, Craig Stanley Eash.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diana Nelson; three daughters, Janell (John) Lockhart of Lutz, Janeen (Jim) Salzgeber of Land O’ Lakes and Angela (Davis) Howe of Tampa; three brothers, Norval (Louise) of Bulls Gap, Tenn., Melvin (Mary Ann) of Goshen, Ind., and Sarasota and Mervin (Sharon) of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and eight grandchildren, Jay and Jill Lockhart, Ryan, Matthew and Peyton Salzegeber and Conner, Riley and Lindsey Howe.

A celebration of Wink’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Land O’ Lakes.

Donations may be made to Wink’s memorial at First United Methodist Church of Land O’ Lakes or Wounded Warrior Memorial Fund.

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