Leon J. Pulskamp, of Batesville, was born on March 9, 1949 in Saint Mary’s Indiana, a son of Anne Mae (nee Kirschner) and Willard Pulskamp. He grew up in Oldenburg, Indiana, the oldest of three children and graduated from BHS in 1967. He served in the Army in from 1968-1971, including 2 combat tours in the Vietnam War where he earned a purple heart. Following the honorable completion of his service, he returned home and married Linda Swain on August 7, 1971. Leon and Linda opened up their own store in Batesville, Pulskamp’s Carpet Service, in 1978. He successfully grew and expanded his business for nearly 25 years until retirement.
In his younger days, Leon played softball for many years. Through the friendships made with group, Leon and Linda found a second family, affectionately known as “The Gang,” which continues today, more than 50 years later. Following his retirement, his true passion and love of farming came to the surface with the purchase of his Grandfather’s farm. Leon became well known for his collection of antique John Deere tractors. He was always happy to participate in local parades, and he was a fixture at local tractor shows. Outside of working at the farm, he and Linda also enjoyed supporting the V.F.W. and the American Legion, of which he was a member for more than 40 years. Everything that drove Leon was connected to family…which included the many friends who he considered family as well.
Leon is survived by wife, Linda, daughter, Julie (Chad) Abel, son, Jeff Pulskamp, and daughter, Jill (Tim) Weberding; one sister, Linda Suding; one brother, Allen Pulskamp; six grandchildren, Jude, Max, Evelyn, Aurora, Ellie, and Sadie. He is preceded in death by his father, Willard Pulskamp and grandparents Alois & Mayme Pulskamp.
Visitation is October 14th, Sunday, 1-4p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 11 a.m., Monday, October 15th, at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. The family requests memorials to the Batesville V.F.W.