Arthur A. Lesh of Newport, PA passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019 surrounded by his loving family following a courageous and selfless battle with cancer. He was born December 14, 1935 in Newport to the late Harold C. and Mary (Mogel) Lesh.
He was a 1953 graduate of Newport High School. After graduating from high school he entered the US Navy where he served aboard the USS Lake Champlain from 1953 to 1957. Upon his discharge, he attended Millersville State College where he graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts. He later earned his Master's degree in Industrial Arts in 1963.
After graduating from college, he began his teaching career in 1960 at Susquehanna Township High School. In 1962, he began teaching Industrial Arts at Newport High School. Throughout his teaching career, he touched and inspired many lives of his students. He served as Class Advisor for the Class of 1966. In 1972, he began his career at AMP, Inc. as an Instructor for the AMP Institute. During his career at AMP, he traveled the world and retired as Director of Corporate Standards and Approvals in 1997.
He was an active member of Newport Incarnation United Church of Christ where he served as a past President on the Consistory and was a former Sunday School Superintendent. He also served on the Newport School Board where he served as President from 1985 to 1989. He was also a member of the following organizations: Newport VFW, Newport -Tennis Masonic Lodge, Newport Legion Post 177, where he was a past Commander. He was a founding member of the Perry County Sailors Association, and an original board member for Habitat for Humanity Perry County. In his youth, he was an original member of the first Boy Scout Trout 222 of Newport. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time at his vacation home in Chincoteaque, VA, and enjoyed being part of the "Bittings Breakfast Club".
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary (Fulton) Lesh, a son Dr. Mark Lesh (wife Stephanie) of Pittsbrgh, PA, a daughter Amber (husband Bradley) Kitner of Newport, PA and five grandchildren, Neil, Andrea, Alexander, Sydney, and Makenzie. He was preceded in death by brother H. Clair Lesh.
Visitation will be held from 12 PM - 2 PM on Saturday, July 20th at Incarnation United Church of Christ, Newport followed by Masonic Services by the Newport-Tennis Lodge and the funeral service conducted by Pastor Jan Custer. Burial will follow in the Newport Cemetery with military honors by the Perry County Military Honor Guard. Memorial contributions can be made to Incarnation United Church of Christ, 48 N. Fourth St., Newport, PA 17074 or to the American Cancer Society.
The Lesh/Kitner Family would like to thank Premier Perry Village for the wonderful, compassionate care Art received during his brief stay.