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Doris Byrd

Doris Byrd

Female 1928 - 2018  (90 years)

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  • Name Doris Byrd 
    Born 10 Nov 1928  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 31 Dec 2018  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I19674  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2019 

    Father Russell Ray Byrd,   b. 12 Jul 1907, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1978, Vanderburgh, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Lola Fern Apple,   b. 7 Sep 1911, Orange, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1998, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1927  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7234  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Oscar Lee Leistner,   b. 2 Aug 1921, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1976, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F7233  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Doris Byrd Leistner
    Doris Byrd Leistner

  • Notes 
    • Doris Byrd Leistner, a native of English and a former Tell City resident, was awarded the 2007 Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indiana Historical Society Board of Trustees. The annual award is given in recognition of extraordinary contribution, over an extended period of time, in the field of history and/or the affairs of the Society."

      Leistner, a professional genealogist, is well-known for her interest in genealogy and local history, and has published numerous resource books for Perry and Crawford counties. She has conducted genealogy workshops in many Indiana counties, taught classes for Vincennes University, Indiana University, Indiana Historical Society, local historical and genealogical societies and libraries, 4-H Family Tree projects, Boy Scouts, Senior Citizens groups, etc.

      She was a former Perry County Historian, elected in 1981 to the Family History Committee of Indiana Historical (served 19 years, several terms as chair), and served on the planning committee for the National Genealogical Society Conference in 1982.

      Leistner also served on the Northwest Ordinance Bicentennial Committee in 1987, was a long-time member of Board of Governors and membership chair of the Society of Indiana Pioneers, and was a founding board member of Indiana German Heritage Society, and past president of Tell City Historical Society. She is a member of Tri Kappa, Rebekah Lodge, Daughters of American Revolution, Daughters of Union 1861-1865, Colonial Dames of 17th Century, and Daughters of War of 1812.

      Leistner has written genealogy columns for the old Crawford County Democrat and Tell City News. Her compilation of Indiana Pioneer Stories, Vol. 1 and 2 are in many school and public libraries. As co-author of Abstracts of Obituaries in the Western Christian Advocate 1834-1850, she received the Solomon P. Chase Award 1981 from the Council of Ohio Genealogists. She was the recipient of the 1996 Honorary Member Award of Indiana Historical Society.

      Leistner resides in New Albany and is still an active genealogist and researcher, publishing Perry County and Crawford County resource books.

      (Source: The Clarion News; Wednesday March 4, 2008; English Native Receives HIS Lifetime Achievement Award; Transcribed by: Yates, Ronald E. 2012)

      New Albany, Indiana

      Doris M. (Byrd) Leistner, 90, formerly of Tell City, passed away December 31, 2018 in New Albany, Indiana.

      She was born in English, Indiana on November 10, 1928, daughter of the late Russell and Lola (Apple) Byrd. Also preceding her in death was her husband Oscar L. Leistner, and son Steven Leistner.

      Doris was a 1946 graduate of Tell City High School, where she was Salutatorian. She was a former member of Evangelical United Church of Christ and Tri-Kappa. She had worked as a medical social worker for Perry County Memorial Hospital from 1972-1976. Doris became interested in genealogy more than 50 years ago and was appointed county historian for Perry County from 1981-1991, where she served as Past President and genealogy chairman. She also served as the chairman for the New Albany Bicentennial in 2013.

      The Indiana Historical Society awarded her the 1996 Honorary Member Award and the 2007 Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award.

      Doris had conducted genealogy workshops in many Indiana counties, taught genealogy classes for Vincennes University and Indiana University, Indiana Historical Society, several local historical and genealogical societies and libraries and worked with individuals.

      She is survived by her two sons, Allen “Al” Leistner (Cheryl) , Panama City Beach, Florida and Brian Leistner (Arleen Schwab), Louisville, Kentucky; brother, Ralph Byrd, Elizabethtown, KY; two grandsons, Matthew Leistner, Floyd Knobs, Indiana and Patrick Leistner, Panama City Beach, Florida.

      Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM CST Saturday, January 5, 2018 at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Pastor Jeff McCarn will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 PM EST on Friday at Kraft Funeral Home, 708 East Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM CST at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel.

      In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a public library of your choice.