The local horseshoe community is mourning the loss of one of its biggest contributors.
Paul Lindsey, a founding member of the Blair County Horseshoe League, died Saturday at the age of 87.
During the mid-1980s, when the league was being formed, several different locations in the area were used for competition - including two regulation horseshoe pits at Lindsey's home.
It wasn't long before Lindsey expanded the facilities on his property to include four complete, tournament-style pits and accepted the responsibilities of hosting the entire league. He worked tirelessly over the past several decades to maintain a top-notch, competitive site over the years with the help of his son, Rodger.
Leon Zook, of Hollidaysburg, has been a long-time league member who's known Lindsey for many years.
"Paul always ran a first-class operation," Zook said. "He made sure everything was on the up and up."
The league has seen high-level competition over the years with some members averaging a ringer count of more than 40 percent.
In addition, several of league's members captured state titles at the annual Pennsylvania State Horseshoe Championships.
For the past decade, Lindsey also hosted the horseshoe pitching events for the Blair County Golden games.
Bill Lenz, of Cresson, participated many times.
"I love the competition and camaraderie, and Paul's always been such a great host and friend," Lenz said.
A 1943 graduate of Hollidaysburg High School, Lindsey, who served in World War II, was a partner in the Lindsey Bus Lines and worked as an expert antique-restorer whose work was sought-after by dealers across the area.
In addition to his son, Lindsey is survived by his wife, Marty (Glunt), a daughter, Kim Evans, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
His funeral is set for today.