Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Dr. Donald B. Lash

Dr. Donald Benton Lash, age 85, of Shelby, died peacefully early Saturday morning, September 12, 2020 at his home which he designed and had built himself.

Don was born November 4, 1934 in Richland County to the late Dr. Benton P. and Helen M. (Sheely) Lash. He was a 1952 graduate of Shelby High School and attended Ashland College for one year of pre-med prior to enrolling in Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. Dr. Lash graduated in 1957 with a doctoral degree in Chiropractic medicine and also had post graduate studies at Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, MO. Don was a staff doctor at Spears Chiropractic Hospital in Denver, CO for three years before returning to Shelby in 1961 to begin practice with his father. In 1964 he built Lash Chiropractic Center on North Gamble Street where he practiced until December 1, 2018. Dr. Mark W. Hogue joined the practice in March of 1989.

For many years Don attended and was active in Dynamic Essentials seminars sponsored by Life College in Marietta, GA. He was a member of the Chiropractic Association of Ohio, attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Mansfield, and, together with his wife, Jean, were members of the local Marriage Encounter group. Don loved fishing, whether that be for perch or walleye on Lake Erie or deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico at Perdido Key, FL where he and Jean went each fall for many years. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, was an avid reader, and was a major Cleveland Indians fan.

On April 23, 1973, Don married Jean Lynne (Riley) Lash at Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, VA where they enjoyed returning each year on their anniversary. She survives along with his children and their spouses: Gerald B. “Ben” (Cindy) Lash of Shelby, Stuart J. Lash of Columbus, Lori A. (Mark) Amicone of Shelby, Pamela K. (Mark) Hess of Shelby, Gail D. (Dean) Myers of Shelby, Dr. Mark W. (Kathie) Hogue of Ashland, Anne E. (Ronald Jr.) Strine of Glen Allen, VA, Christopher J. (Kathy) Hogue of Rock Hill, SC, Joan M. Wildman of San Francisco, CA, Joel A. (Lisa) Hogue of Marblehead, Susan A. (Ronald) Keiser of Knoxville, TN, and Sally K. (Danny Jr.) Wray of Ostrander, OH; 27 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn Therese Hogue, in 1999, and a granddaughter, Tracie Ann Hogue, in 1988.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday. September 15, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 10:30 am. Rev. Dr. John C. Jorden, a close family friend, and Rev. Jeremiah D. Martin, a grandson-in-law, will officiate the services and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby Foundation or Hospice of North Central Ohio whom the family wishes to thank for their outstanding support and care. Contributions may be left in care of the funeral home.

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, both the family and the funeral home wish that everyone remains safe. Therefore, we ask that visitors be mindful of current restrictions and pay respects appropriately and promptly, without linger.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Don’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Cinda Jones says:

    Gail and Family:
    My sympathy and love. He was a good man and my family chiropractor for a good many years. No words can express how you feel. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Cinda Jones, Pensacola, FL.
    SHS Class of 1969

  2. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    Our deepest sympathy. So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for comfort at this sad time.

  3. Mary Jo says:

    Jean and Family, caring thoughts and love to you. Your support and memories after John died were a meaningful part of recovering from my grief. I hope that for you. Sincere condolences. ❤️ Mary Jo

  4. Mark & Valerie Wondrash says:

    Ben and Lori and family, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Mark & Valerie Wondrash

  5. Kelly Dixon says:

    Susan and Ron, what a beautiful tribute. so sorry to hear of Dr. Don’s passing. He was a kind soul. What a blessed life he lived. Prayers to you and your sweet family, Kelly &Don Dixon.

  6. Ron and Diann says:

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

  7. Laura & John says:

    Gail, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. Please let us know if you need anything. ❤ L&J

  8. Linda LaGoy says:

    Gail and Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. May your memories bring peace and comfort in the coming days.

  9. Brian Jenkins says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort for you and your family .

  10. Tammie Love Brieck says:

    To Ben, Laurie, Stuart, and Pam, as well as Jean, and Gail, Joan, Susan, and the rest of the Hogue family:

    I’m really sorry for your loss—-my thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this difficult time—God bless you all…

  11. Laurie Beech says:

    Ben and Bekah, I am so very sorry for your.loss

  12. Kevin Baird says:

    Dear Lash Family, I am sorry to hear of Dr Lash’s passing. I pray God gives you peace and comfort while you treasure your fond memories.

  13. Barbara Parsons Fensch says:

    Jean, Lori, Gail, Susan & all the Lash & Hogue family, Sending my deepest condolences to all the family. Don was a sweet kind man & a good chiropractor. I know you will miss him. Sending love & prayers. Hugs – Barbara

  14. Debbie Steiner says:

    Although I never met the man I am sure the kindness and caring heart has been passed on through his children and I know this to be true with Sally. My heart aches for you all as you deal with all of this in such uncertain times. Hugs to all the family and prayers for you all. May God give you the peace and comfort you need now and in the coming days.

  15. David Parsons says:

    Gail and Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. May God bless all of you!!

    Dave and Sandy Parsons

  16. Sally Messenger says:

    Gail , so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. This sweet man will be surely missed by many. Sending prayers to you and family through these days ahead.

  17. Joyce Eyestone says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of Don. May God give you peace of mind! You have many memories to reflect on. Blessings to you and family. Hugs

  18. Doug & Cindy Shepherd says:

    Our deepest sympathies to your family. We are sorry for your loss.

  19. Paul Crosby says:

    I had not seem Don since we graduated in 1952. You always was a quiet person and was friendly. God Bless your soul Don and to your family I feel your loss. Paul

  20. Lorna and Todd Albert says:

    To the Lash/Hogue family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. In this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. Leonore says:

    Thinking of all of you during this most difficult time.
    Many hugs,

  22. Michelle (Martin) Flanagan says:

    Susan and Ron, I am so very sorry for your loss. Love and miss you, Michelle

  23. Patricia Hazen says:

    My condolences to his family on the loss
    Of such a treasure as Dr.Lash.

  24. Melissa Wiltrout says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Lash/Hogue family. He had a healing touch and was our family chiropractor for many years. He was such a humble and peaceful man.
    Praying for peace and strength for all of you during this difficult time.

  25. Jim and Barbara Eakins says:

    Sincere condolences to your entire family. Dr. Lash left a wonderful legacy in the lives of his family and patients. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

  26. Rick Wildman says:

    Don was truly an extraordinary man, and he and Jean were an extraordinary team. The legacy of their progeny will endure until the end of days. I am sure that there are not enough words to express the gifts that this smiling, kind and gentle man made to the lives of his family and to his community. Back in the 80’s he adjusted me and I can testify that I have been well-adjusted since. We also cut down a tree in the back yard. We all went to Malibar Farms, where Bogie & Bacall got married. I am honored to have known him and been part of his family and to have shared their love and blessings in this world. He has run the good race. May God Bless and keep him and his Spirit and may he rest in peace until he finds his eternal reward with our Heavenly Father.

  27. Bonnie Cline says:

    Jean and family, our sincere condolences to the entire family. During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish your loving memories and keep them close to your heart.
    Bonnie Cline and family.

  28. Melody Heydinger Mergenthaler says:

    Many prayers to Dr. Lash’s family. Our chiropractic profession is definitely better because of Dr. Lash’s commitment to helping others.

  29. Carl Schroeder and Brenda Grove says:

    So sorry to hear this. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers

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