Kenneth T. Eash Sr., age 92, of Centreville, passed away early Saturday afternoon, July 7, 2012, at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville.
He was born July 11, 1919, in Holsopple, Pa., a son of the late Edwin and Ada (Thomas) Eash.
Mr. Eash moved from Pennsylvania to the Sturgis area in 2009 to be closer to his son. He was married to Anna Shaffer, who preceded him in death in 2009.
He was an auto mechanic by trade and a member of the Church of the Nazarene.
Mr. Eash was proud to have served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, earning the rank of Tec 5. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, American Theater Service Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with three Bronze Stars.
He is survived by a son, Kenneth (Lorraine) Eash Jr. of Sturgis; four grandchildren, Benjamin (Carey) Eash of Chicago, Daniel (Tara) Eash of LeRoy, W.Va., Amy Sue (Dominic) Okeke of Sturgis and Neil (Pam) Eash of Mount Vernon, Ohio; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Vernon Eash of Holsopple, Pa., and Edwin Eash of Altoona, Pa.; a sister, Betty Blough of Hershey, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Robert and Irvin; and a sister, Daisy Flory.
The family will receive friends from 5-6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Sturgis Church of the Nazarene, 70031 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, where funeral services celebrating the life of Kenneth Eash Sr. will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. John Shoup will officiate.
Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is entrusted with local arrangements.
Mr. Eash will be transported to George E. Mason Funeral Home in Davidsville, Pa., where the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. A graveside committal will be held Friday morning at Mount Tabor Cemetery in Stoystown, Pa., where military honors will be conferred by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
Memorial donations to the family would be appreciated, c/o: Kenneth Eash, Jr., 915 Ivanhoe St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.