Russell Eugene Hash, who passed away Nov. 12, 2017, will be remembered May 19 at Biddle Memorial Park (East Pavilion) in Sheridan.

He was born in Indianapolis on Jan. 18, 1956 as the eldest son of William and Laquota Ann Hash.

He was a 1974 graduate of Wainwright High School.

Mr. Hash was a doting and adoring son to his mother, Ann. He was also a loving father to his only child, Rebekah Percival Clark, her spouse Troy and their three sons.

He was an easy going free spirit, who filled his life with many adventures and time spent with family. He traveled throughout the United States by plane, train and automobile, always interested in the history and significances of the many places he visited. He was a terrific bowler and avid reader who also spent many hours tinkering with trucks, cars and even his houseboat, bringing new life to old classics. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and being outdoors. He was known in the family as the Dog Whisperer, always claimed to be running with the “wolf pack.” He loved all animals and would take time to connect with them. His beloved dog Bailey was his little shadow.

Mr. Hash could easily connect with people. He didn’t know a stranger. He was genuine, honest and always willing to offer a helping hand. He was known to do many acts of kindness for friends and strangers alike always with a smile. He was a gentle soul, with a huge heart and a great laugh.

He was a self-employed painter whose customers usually became friends. As one customer recently stated, “Russ will paint the heavens beautifully.”

He was actively involved in the lives of his nieces and nephews. He was a mentor, who was always there with sound advice and support. He really made an effort to be present in their lives and will be sorely missed.

To know Mr. Hash, was to know his love of racing. As a young man, he his brothers and father had fun weekend nights racing the family stock car at the local tracks in Indiana. Throughout his life he followed many types of racing but by far his biggest love was the spectacle of the Indy 500.

Survivors include his daughter Becky (Troy) Clark; grandchildren Justin, Thomas and Torry; mother Laquota Ann Hash; siblings Ron (Brenda), Randy (Brenda), Rhonda and Rosey (Tim) Burton; five nephews; two nieces; and two great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, William (Bill) Hash; his great-nephew, Emerson Knox Hash; and grandparents Arthur and Golda Carver and Thomas and Leona Hash.

His family will grieve the loss of the beloved son, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. In accordance to his wishes there will be a Celebration of Life May 19 at Biddle Memorial Park (East Pavilion) in Sheridan at 10 a.m. Please join us to celebrate his life, those he touched and the fingerprint he left in this world. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Hamilton County Humane Society.