The Obit For Les Pinkham

Leslie Wayne Pinkham

The Hardin County News Enterprise

Leslie Wayne Pinkham, 77, of Elizabethtown, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

He was a native of Christopher, Ill., and established Les Pinkham Lincoln Mercury in 1978 and retired in 1996. He served as president of the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association in 1991, was a former board member of the Cincinnati Lincoln Mercury Dealer Advertising Board and was a former board member of LMDA. He was Kentucky's Time magazine nominee for Dealer of the Year in 1994 and a former board member of the Ford Consumer Appeals Board.

He played professional baseball as a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers from 1951 to 1954 and was a member of West Frankfort, Ill., Sports Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie Norman and Genavae Rowland Pinkham.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Martin Pinkham; three sons, Bill (Alicia) Pinkham and Steve (Rhonda) Pinkham, all of Elizabethtown, and Brad Pinkham of San Francisco; one sister, Doris Appino of Christopher; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a stepson, Lynn Vance of Hodgenville; two stepdaughters, Angie (Mike) Skaggs and Kathy (Ryan) Stelmachowske, all of Elizabethtown; and six stepgrandchildren.

The funeral is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Rev. Dewey Keys officiating. Burial will be in Hardin Memorial Park.

Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday and after noon Sunday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may go to the American Heart Association.