Chester "Chet" Henry Lash, 85, and a resident of Wellington, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, December 10, 2012, at the Renaissance Health Center in Olmsted Twp., following deteriorating health. He was born December 18, 1926 in Grafton.
Chet was raised in Elyria and after retirement he moved to Tennessee and then to California before returning to Wellington, where he made his home for the last 12 years.
Chet proudly served as a Corpsman in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korea War both times in the Pacific Theater. He was employed as an electrician at Bendix for 10 years and also worked at EMH Regional Medical Center for 10 years, both in Elyria.
Chet was a member of Camden Baptist Church in Camden Township. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post #6941 and participated with the Military Veterans Color Guard. Chet was a skilled carpenter and enjoyed making wooden toys and crafts.
Survivors include his sons, Chester Henry Lash, Jr. of Coos Bay, Oregon, David Lash of Seattle Washington; his daughters, Morna Lash of Bellflower, California, Rene Sue of Seattle, Washington; his step sons, Richard Dages of Edmond, Oklahoma, James Dages of Las Vegas, Nevada and Mark Dages of Edmond, Oklahoma; his step daughters, Jeanne Ward of Citrus Heights, California, Laura Crocker of Colusa, California; his sister, June Riggs of Paradise, California. Also surviving are many grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren and great step grandchildren; many nieces and nephews also survive, including his guardian and care taker, Amy Shaver of Wellington.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Patricia Carol Lash (nee Brecknock) on July 19, 2002; brothers, Harry Gray, Irvin Gray, James Gray, Peter Gray; and his parents, Joseph and Ruth Lash (nee Miller).
Friends may call Tuesday, December 11, 2012, from 6 P.M. until the time of service at 7 P.M., Camden Baptist Church, 1709 State Route 511, Wellington. The Reverend Larry Nocella, Pastor of Camden Baptist Church will officiate. Full Military Honors will be performed by the Wellington Color Guard. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Garden, Avon.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Camden Baptist Church, 1709 State Route 511, Wellington OH 44090.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com