Kenneth C. Bash, 95 of Forest passed away on Wed. June 24, 2020 at his residence in rural Forest under the care of Bridge Hospice and surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Forest on December 7, 1924 to Arlo and Mary Imo (Dome) Bash.
He married his bride of 73 years, Minnie Flinn, on March 9, 1947 and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters: Connie (Dwight) Mattix of Wharton and Bonnie (David) Barnes of Forest, three grandchildren: Rhonda (Bert) Grubbs of Kenton, Mandy (Bryan) Morrison of Forest and Megan (John) Leonard of Findlay, as well as five great grandchildren: Alexis and Bert Andy Grubbs, Dakota and Brynn Morrison, and Addison Leonard. Two step great grandchildren, Thomas and Micheal Leonard. Many nieces and nephews also survive throughout the state of Ohio.
In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by all 4 of his brothers: Howard, Clarence, Nelson and Everett.
At age 20, Kenneth proposed to Minnie a day prior to leaving to serve in the United States Army, 104th Infantry, 26th Division of which he was the sole surviving member. During his deployment in Germany, he served as a Private First Class and fought in the Battle of the Bulge before receiving an honorable discharge in 1946. He went on to receive a Metal of Honor from the government of France for his service in Central Europe.
Upon his return, Kenneth and his family began farming over 600 acres of land between their property and family’s. While farming, he also drove truck for Jolliff’s Livestock, which he did for 26 years. He had a great love for anything John Deere.
Kenneth was a very hard worker his entire life and loved his family more than anything. He continued to tinker in his workshop until he was physically unable to do so – which is when he moved into the garage to continue working on his “projects”. It was always interesting to see whatever the newest trailer, tractor attachment or doohickey he would come up with!
He was a member of the Big Oak United Methodist Church for over 70 years, as well as an affiliate member of the Forest United Methodist Church. He was also a member Wyandot County Farm Bureau.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Fri. June 26, 2020 in the Clark Shields Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:30 a.m. before time of services at the funeral home. A Christian burial will follow at the Wharton-Richland Union Cemetery in Wharton. Military graveside rites will be conducted by McVitty VFW Post #1182, American Legion # 259, AmVets #1994.
Mask are not required, but encouraged, please observe social distancing.
Pastors Doug Pummell and Denny Livingston will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Child Evangelism (CEF), and Bridge Hospice in Findlay in care of Clark Shields Funeral Home 301 S. Patterson St. Forest, OH 45843.
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