William David Rash was born January 18, 1938 in LaPaz and passed away on May 18, 2023 at the age of 85.
Dave’s parents were Evelyn (Moore) Rash and William Jennings Rash. Dave graduated in 1956 from LaPaz High School where he played basketball, track, baseball, and was in the choir and marching band. Immediately after graduation, Dave joined the United States National Guard and served from 1956-1964.
Dave married the love of his life & high school sweetheart, Linda Lou Maxson at Shiloh Wesleyan Church on November 2, 1958. Dave and Linda have two children, a son, William “Bill” (wife, Cindy Emmons) Rash and a daughter, Sherri Rash Stewart (Tom Dennin) both of Plymouth. Four grandchildren, Brittany Rash Rogers, Nicole Rash Cook (Grant Cook), Haley Jaggers Coddens (Josh Coddens) and Alex Jaggers (Holly Jaggers). Eight great grandchildren, Lydia & Telly Rogers; Carter, Cooper & Cadence Cook; Jameson & Alijah Coddens; Coleson Jaggers and extended family Luke Dennin, Jeff Stewart and his daughter, Trish. Dave is survived by one sister, Patricia Anderson of Bremen and sister-in-law, Lois Rash of Plymouth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Richard Rash and brother-in-law, Ed Anderson. Dave was the co-owner of Banner Electric in Plymouth for 48 years. He served on the Marshall County Blueberry Festival Board of Directors and volunteered for decades helping with the electric needed for the festival which is still being handled for the festival after 55 years by the continuation of our family-owned company.
Dave enjoyed parachuting and had over 400 jumps identifying him from his black chute with a red cross being known as the “Red Baron”! He donated gallons of blood through the years to the American Red Cross continuing to help and provide to his fellow man. Dave was always generous to his family and his community. He was a Loving Dad and Grandpa always joking and playing cards or games with his kids and grandkids.
The grandkids always found it magical that Grandpa would find quarters behind their ears. His wit and gentle hugs will be deeply missed by everyone especially his family including several beloved nieces and nephews and his Banner Electric family. Dave’s passion for the last 40 years was antiquing especially for Greentown Glass and Fenton. Being from LaPaz his whole life, he knew the best variety of blueberries and made sure he shared when they were ready to eat. WE LOVE YOU DAD and GRANDPA and look forward to the day we’ll see you again.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 from 6-8 pm at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 11 am at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Cox officiating.
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Burial will take place in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth with military honors conducted by the U.S. Army and the Plymouth Am. Legion Post #27.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place Mishawaka, IN 46545, Union North Service Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 500 Lakeville, IN 46536, or to the LaPaz Fire Department, P.O. Box 369 LaPaz, IN 46537.
Sarah Smith says
I only knew Dave for about the last 25 years of his life, through collecting Fenton glass, and he was a wonderful person who I considered a friend. His enthusiasm and knowledge of Fenton glass inspired many of us collectors, and I loved to talk glass with Dave at the annual Kansas City Galas. He will be missed by many, and my sympathy and prayers go out to Linda and his family during this difficult time. God bless. He was an amazing man.
Thank you Sarah for your kind words. His hobby was also his passion and his glass community was also like family.
Belinda Fetty says
I will miss this tall gentle man’s smile at the NFGS glass collector’s family reunion! I am deeply sorry for your loss of this bright and warm light! You are in my prayers.
Thank you, Belinda. I know that you and your family were such good, kind people as well and he enjoyed your company. Please take good care.
rest in peace david
Kevin and Donna Chaney says
Our condolences for your loss. I spent many hours with Dave through the years at the Blueberry Festival. Dave’s knowledge of electric and forward vision were key to the growth and success of the festival.
Stacy Pynaert says
You all are in my prayers 🙏 ❤️
Kathleen Sponsler says
In the years I have known Dave & Linda I was able to hold many wonderful conversations at the Fenton Art Glass Convention. As a Fenton Design Artist I had the pleasure of doing many pieces for them. Such a beautiful couple. I will truly miss Dave & also keep all the family in my prayers. Love❤️
Thank you, Kathleen. Probably more than just a few years! Your artistic talent was always a favorite of my grandfathers. Thank you for your kind words.
karen staiduhar says
My condolences. May he find peace and joy. May you find the same when you remember him.
Denise Whitmer Ortiz says
So sorry for your loss my prayers are with the family. Denise Whitmer Ortiz
Joan Joyce says
To the Rash Family,
I remember so many in your wonderful family and send my sympathy to all of you.
Music Teacher at LaPaz and LaVille Schools
Mike Boys says
To the Rash Family: I was saddened to read in the Pilot News of Dave’s passing. Dave was a good friend and military buddy. May God Bless all of the Rash family during this difficult time. I have been praying for you. Mike Boys
Tami Denney says
Bill, Cindy and family,
So sorry for your loss..
Wayne & Joyce Lacher
gregory goliver says
Sorry for your loss
Lisa Horning says
I am so sorry to hear of his passing. A truly wonderful man, gentle and kind. Praying for the entire family.
CHRISTINA M Passwater says
I am so sorry for your loss of Dave. I always enjoyed working with him back in the day. Hugs and prayers
Kim Ridings says
I’m so sadden by the loss of such a great and loving man. Dave was so kind to me during my rough teenage years and continued his kindness to me for the last 45 years. He always made me feel like family, and greeted me with a warm smile and big hug and made me laugh at his cornball jokes. Dave, thank you for years of reassurance. It makes me happy to know where you are now, but we will miss you immensely and look forward to laughing with you again.