MOORE — Gene Ross Lash, 89, was born June 28, 1924, in Nash, to Clyde Virgil and Lulu Esther (Shields) Lash. He rejoined his wife Alice Martha (Copeland) Lash in the arms of his Lord and Savior on Feb. 25, 2014.
He graduated from Nash High School in 1942 and attended Oklahoma A&M. During his sophomore year he was drafted into the U.S. Army and after training was assigned to the 99th Infantry Division in Belgium. Gene fought in the 1944 Belgium Battle of the Bulge, where he received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, the Belgium Croix de Gerre and Belgium Fourrere, as well as other awards and commendations.
After World War II, Gene returned to his studies at Oklahoma A&M and graduated with honors with a B.S. degree in 1949 and later completed his master’s degree in education. Gene taught Vocational Agriculture and sponsored FFA Chapters at several high schools across northwest Oklahoma. His teaching career spanned 23 years and after retiring he worked as a research scientist at the at OSU’s Animal Research Station in El Reno.
In 1946, Gene married his wife, Alice Martha (Copeland) Lash. They shared 66 blessed and loving years together until Alice passed away in January 2013. After his retirement, Gene became active in several Veterans Affairs organizations, including the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, the 99th Infantry Division Association, and Disabled American Veterans. Gene and Alice attended several VA sponsored reunion and traveled back to Belgium in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.
Gene has attended the First Christian Church of Moore since 1991.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two sisters, Donna Bloss and Betty Schuessler; and a granddaughter, Chelsey Lash.
He is survived by two sisters, Nita Bugni, Bakersfield, Calif. and Laurita Howland, Visalia, Calif.; four daughters, Charlotte Dunn, Weatherford, Denise Reiswig and husband Dennis, Huntsville, Texas; Deborah Maxon and husband Gary, Moore, and Gina Lash-Hirt and husband Joseph, Pasadena, Calif.; and one son, Tedd Lash and wife Gina, Moore; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren with two expected this summer; and many friends and fellow service men.
Services were Saturday March 1 at First Christian Church in Moore. Interment was in New Home Cemetery in Nash. Services were under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home, Moore.
Moore American, Wednesday, March 5, 2014