Richard â€œDickâ€ H. Lash, 85, of Cortland, passed away at his home Thursday, May 28, 2009.
Dick was born Jan. 17, 1924, in Sandwich, Ill., the son of Henry W. Lash and Marguerite Uverling. Upon graduation from Sandwich High School in 1942, he married his childhood sweetheart and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving his country overseas in WWII and the Korean War.
Dick lived in Sandwich, Aurora and Plano until his retirement, at which time he lived in Florida and Texas before returning to Illinois.
For 10 years, Dick worked at the Aurora Post Office, but retired from AT&T, where he was a lineman and installer, helping to install the communications system for Fermi Lab.
After retiring from AT&T, he accepted the position of communications coordinator at Fermi Lab, where he worked for an additional five years. Upon leaving Fermi Lab, he moved to Florida for two years working as crew chief for a cable company.
Dick never really retired.
Being a gifted craftsman and handyman, he was always available to lend a helping hand to his family and friends. He loved working with tools. He was a nature lover, gun enthusiast and lifetime member of the NRA. Dick enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and being with his best four-footed pal, Sam.
Survivors include one son, Stephen â€œJerryâ€ Lash of Fort Pierce, Fla.; four daughters, Nancy Lash of Aurora, Diane (Neil Colwell) Lash of DeKalb; Linda (John) Weaver of Geneva, and Sherry (Mark) Johnson of Sycamore; and one step-daughter, Joanne (Sid) Ellertson of Aurora.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Zimmerman, who passed away in 1952; and his wife, Lois Felten, who passed away in 1984.
According to his personal wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Following cremation, a graveside memorial service with military honors will be held in Sandwich at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dickâ€™s memory may be made to any of the following charities: DeKalb County Animal Shelter, Genoa; TAILS Humane Society of DeKalb, Hope Haven of DeKalb or the Disabled American Veterans Association.
Arrangements were handled with care by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn.