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Leo E. McElrath IV

Leo E. McElrath IV, 49, of Jackson passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 at the Southeast Missouri Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 4, 1972, in Cape Girardeau, son of Leo III and Carolyn Clark McElrath.

Growing up, Leo was a member of the DeMolay, Cub Scouts pack 212, and Boy Scouts Troop 11, where he earned his Eagle Scout by the Age of 12. He graduated from the Jackson High School where he was a member of the cross country team and the Jackson football team.

He joined the National Guard and served in Panama, and later Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait. He retired from the National Guard with 24 years of service at the rank of master sergeant.

Leo also worked for Orgill for 12 years and for 30 years in transportation and logistics.

Survivors include his father and mother Leo and Carolyn McElrath of Glen Allen, son Aaron (Stefany) McElrath of Jackson, grandson Maddox McElrath of Jackson, and girlfriend Tina Fisher of Jackson.

He is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and brother Eric.

Family has requested that no Flowers be sent. Visitation and Funeral Service were Oct. 11 at the Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with Rev. Randy Shrum officiating. Arrangements were under the care of Liley Funeral Homes.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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