The daughter of a Monroe County man who died while hunting Saturday has started a GoFundMe to raise money for her father Kevin Leech’s funeral. The fundraiser had raised 3,343 dollars of a 15,000 dollar goal for funeral expenses by late Tuesday night.
“Unfortunately my father had no life insurance leaving my mother behind and having to worry and try to scrap money to have his funeral. He was signed up to start receiving life insurance through my mother’s work starting in Jan 2023,” said Amanda Hardin.
Here is the link to the fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/kevin-leechs-funeral-cost?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=unknown&utm_campaign=comms_gfm+kevin-leechs-funeral-cost
Here is the Indiana Department of Natural Resources press release about Leech’s death:
“For immediate release: Dec. 19, 2022
Heltonville man dies in tree stand accident (Monroe County)
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal tree stand fall that occurred Saturday in Monroe County.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Bruce Lane near State Road 45 in Morgan-Monroe State Forest after the man who fell was discovered by a fellow hunter.
Kevin Leech, 57, of Heltonville, was deer hunting from a climbing tree stand when for unknown reason the stand malfunctioned, causing Leech to fall. Leech, who was not wearing a full body safety harness, was pronounced dead at the scene. An exact cause of death is pending autopsy results.
Conservation Officers remind everyone using elevated platforms to hunt to always wear a full body harness, use a tree stand’s safety rope, never try to put up or remove a tree stand by themself, and to always inspect their tree stand before climbing up into it.
Assisting agencies at the scene included Monroe County fire, EMS, and sheriff’s departments.