Phyllis J. Lash

April 05, 1927 - October 28, 2019

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Wednesday, October 30, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Thursday, October 31, 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Phyllis Jean Lash, 92, of Kendallville, affectionately known as “The Queen” by her family, died Monday, October 28, 2019, at her residence.

She was born April 5, 1927, in LaGrange to Harry D. and N. Ruth (Randol) Lounsbury.

On October 29, 1949, in Ashley she married Ormond R. “Slim” Lash. He preceded her in death on February 16, 1993.

Mrs. Lash had worked as a CNA at Miller’s Merry Manor in LaGrange.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville.

Phyllis enjoyed reading and attending basketball and Komet Hockey games. She was a fan of East Noble sports and band contests. But most of all, she loved her family and dearly enjoyed getting together with them for meals and other activities. She loved to tell everyone, “I am a grandmother of two sets of twins.”

Surviving are a daughter, Linda (Barry) Hill of Kendallville; two sons, Kenneth (Beth) Lash of Kendallville and Jerry (Kelley) Lash of Kendallville; six grandchildren, Deidra Dodd, Christa (Matt) Berkes, Kevin Rhinesmith, Erica (Willie) Schwarz, John (Katie) Lash, and Cassandra Lash; ten great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Josh Lash; a sister, Donna Halderman; and two brothers, Francis “Panny” Lounsbury and Harry “Bill” Lounsbury.

Funeral services will be Thursday, October 31, 2019, 11 a.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Regan Ford and Rev. Philip Rigdon officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange.

Pallbearers are Kevin Rhinesmith, John Lash, Jim Lounsbury, Matt Berkes, Willie Schwarz, and Cassandra Lash.

Calling is Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Parkview Noble Hospice.

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Gail Warner
November 5th, 2019 5:26pm
Kendallville, IN

Mrs. Lash was such a lovely lady. I'll miss her so much. I delivered her lunches on Tuesdays and just found out about her passing. (I was away taking care of grandkids for 2 weeks). So sorry for your loss. Phyllis and I often talked about how well her family looked after her and what a blessing that she could stay in her home. You have a wonderful family.

October 31st, 2019 10:59pm
Fort Wayne

Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. I was just informed of your moms passing yesterday. Your mom was a feisty one and very strong willed. That’s what kept her going. You’re in my prayers.

Mary Bangs
October 29th, 2019 9:37am

Linda and family, I am so very sorry to hear about your mother passing. I have always enjoyed seeing your family post online with your mom involved with your family. She always looked like she was having so much fun with all of you. Prayers to your family. She will always be in your heart and continue to talk to her there.

Mike & Cindy Smith
October 28th, 2019 7:33pm

So sorry for your loss! We will continue to pray & lift your family up at this time.

Deborah Ackerman
October 28th, 2019 7:03pm
Germfask, Michigan

Linda and family, I’m so sorry to see that your mother has passed away. Just want to say that I am thinking about you all and will keep you in my prayers! It’s always so difficult when you lose a loved one and even more so when it is your mother, your best friend, your first friend! God bless you! With deepest sympathy Deb Ackerman

Nancy Diggins
October 28th, 2019 5:15pm
Rome City, IN

So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life she must of had! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.