Russell Eugene Hash passed away Nov. 12, 2017.

He was born Jan. 21, 1956, in Indianapolis, the eldest son of William and Laquota Ann Hash.

He was a 1974 graduate of Wainwright High School. He was a doting and adoring son to his Mother, Ann.  He was also a loving father to his only child, Rebekah Percival Clark, her spouse Troy and their three sons.

He was an easy going free spirit, who filled his life with many adventures and time spent with family.  He traveled through out the United States by plane, train and automobile always interested in the history and significances of the many places he visited.  He was a terrific bowler and avid reader who also spent many hours tinkering with trucks, cars and even his houseboat, bringing new life to old classics. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and being outdoors. He was known in the family as the Dog Whisperer, always claimed to be running with the “wolf pack.”  He loved all animals and would take time to connect with them.  His beloved dog Bailey was his little shadow. He could easily connect with people. He didn’t know a stranger. He was genuine, honest and always willing to offer a helping hand. He was known to do many acts of kindness for friends and strangers alike always with a smile.  He was a gentle soul, with a huge heart and a great laugh. He was a self-employed painter whose customers usually became friends. As one customer recently stated, “Russ will paint the heavens beautifully.”

 He was actively involved in the lives of his nieces and nephews. He was a mentor, who was always there with sound advice and support. He really made an effort to be present in their lives and will be sorely missed. To know Russ, was to know his love of racing.  As a young man, he, his brothers, and father had fun weekend nights racing the family stock car at the local tracks in Indiana. Throughout his life he followed many types of racing but by far his biggest love was the spectacle of the Indy 500.

Survivors include his daughter Becky (Troy) Clark, and grandchildren Justin, Thomas and Torry; his mother Laquota Ann Hash; his siblings Ron (Brenda), Randy (Brenda), Rhonda and Rosey (Tim) Burton; five nephews, two nieces, and one great niece.

He is preceded in death by his father, William (Bill) Hash, his great nephew, Emerson Knox Hash, grandparents Arthur and Golda Carver and Thomas and Leona Hash.

His family will grieve the loss of the beloved son, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. In accordance to his wishes there will be a Celebration of Life in May 2018 at Biddle Park.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Hamilton County Humane Society.

Fisher Family Funeral Services in Sheridan are handling the Arrangements.