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David Ray Lash

October 8, 1941 April 2, 2019
David Ray Lash
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David Ray Lash, of Rockville, Indiana passed away peacefully in his home on April 2,2019.
Dave was born on October 8, 1941 in Anderson, Indiana to Donald R. and Margaret
Mendenhall Lash.
He lived in Birmingham, AL, Louisville, KY, San Antonio, TX, Detroit, MI and Atlanta, GA all
before the age of 5. The family moved to Lafayette where he started school, but soon thereafter
moved to Indianapolis. He graduated from Howe High School in 1959. His love of music started
early and he taught himself how to play piano. He took up trombone and was in the News Boys
Band , All-State Orchestra, and attended Interlochen National Music Camp.
While a child, his family purchased 360 acres in Parke County near Sugar Creek. They
established “Camp Wapello” on the property. Most of Dave’s summers and weekends were
spent at the camp. He was a hard worker with self taught skills and an appreciation of nature.
Dave received a Bachelors Music degree from Indiana University in 1964. He worked as a High
School band director in Arcadia, Indiana. In 1964 he met Miriam Doran at the Irvington
Methodist Church. They were married August 6, 1965.
He was an FBI agent stationed in Atlanta, GA. In 1969 he received a Masters of Music degree
from Butler University, later in 1974, he received a Doctorate of Education degree from Indiana
In 1974, he joined his family, real estate business, Lash Realtors. In 1980 he got an
auctioneers license. Dave found auctioneering both a challenge and a pleasure.
Dave’s life was devoted to Christ. He studied the bible all of his life. He constantly offered help
to all he met. He wanted to bring others to Christ. He taught a bible study and Sunday School.
He was active in the Rockville United Methodist Church singing in the choir. He enjoyed helping
the Kids for Christ after school program. He often played the piano at church gatherings and
nursing homes. He was a chaplain at Clinton Hospital and a member of the SAR. Dave
extensively studied the life of John Wesley - founder of the Methodist Church. He was inspired
to present the life and sermons of Wesley to congregations of the United Methodist Church. He
traveled around the state, in costume, as John Wesley in effort to bring more people to Christ.
He and his wife bought a house built in 1826 and set out to restore it and create lovely gardens
surrounding the home.
Dave was a devoted husband and father. He leaves behind four children, Laura (Mike)
Brzegowy, Jennifer Lash, Andrea (Derron) Connor and Daniel (Rob) Vivaldelli. Grandchildren:
Emily Brzegowy, Jacob Brzegowy, Sarah Kate Connor, Shepherd Connor and Christian Connor
and his favorite dog Lass.
Services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, April 6, at the Rockville First United Methodist Church, 128 N. Market Street, Rockville. Burial will follow at Rush Creek Cemetery, near Tangier. Visitation is 4-8 pm Friday at the church and one hour before services Saturday. Memorials should friends so desire, may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 142, Rockville, IN 47872 in his memory. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Gooch Funeral Home, Rockville. Online condolences may be shared at

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