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Hash, Lester Dwight

Hash, Lester Dwight

September 28, 1937 — July 17, 2021

Lester Dwight Hash, Retired Major of the Kansas City Police Department, 83, of Smithville, MO passed away on July 17, 2021.

Service will be held at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 and 291 Hwy (southwest corner) in Liberty, MO on Thursday, July 22. Visitation will be held from noon until 2 pm, with the funeral following at 2 pm. Burial at the Smithville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the KCPD Care Team.

Lester was born on September 28, 1937 to Weldon Alex and Lue Bell (Melott) Hash who resided on a farm near Cogar, Oklahoma. He was a proud member of the Potawatomi Nation. In June 1952, they moved to Oklahoma City, OK, where Lester graduated from Capitol Hill High School in May 1955. He then entered the U.S. Army for three years, being discharged in June 1958 as a Sergeant.

Lester moved to Kansas City, MO where he became a member of the Kansas City Police Department in March 1960, and remained until July 1988, retiring at the rank of Major. He enjoyed working with victims and helping new officers to develop. He said the most tragic event he worked was the Hyatt skywalk collapse. Lester then went to the KCI police department as acting Chief, where he remained nearly two years reorganizing the department. In 1993 he became a special US Marshal, working at the US Courthouse in Security until 1999 when he finally retired.

In 1960, Lester met and married his wife Hazel Marie Montgomery on November 19th. They were blessed with three daughters, Gwendolyn Maria, Linda Kay and Kimberlea Diane. He always tried to assist them in any way possible before and after they married.

Lester is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Weldon and Dennis Hash; and granddaughter Rebecca Lynn Marie Roche. He is survived by his wife, Marie; daughters, Gwendolyn M. Roche (Patrick), Linda K. Robinson (Frank) and Kimberlea D. Rauzi (Patrick); grandchildren, Jillian M. Sloggett (Geoffery), Emily A. Miller (Sean) and Joshua N. Rauzi; great grandchildren, Seamus, Teagan and Maeve Miller and Addison and Colton Sloggett; brother-in-law, Glen (Joyce) Montgomery; sisters-in-law, Patty Montgomery, Jean (Dennis) Adamson and Mary Finkenbiner; and many nieces and nephews.

Lester was a member of the Grace Community Baptist Church in Smithville, MO. He was known for helping others when he could. He enjoyed woodworking and liked to make miniature log structures and furnishings, and would enter them into state and county fairs. He liked to joke about missing some courses in grade school because he would pay $10 to enter and win only $6 if he got first place.

The Kansas City Missouri Police Department will provide an honor guard. Honorary pallbearers are John Cowdrey, Patrick Roche, Frank Robinson, Geoffery Sloggett, Sean Miller, Gerald O’Donnell.

Lester felt it was a blessing to have served three years in the US Army and 36 years in the police workforce. He made a difference.

You may share a message with the family or sign an online guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.

Service Information

Service will be held at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 and 291 Hwy (southwest corner) in Liberty, MO on Thursday, July 22. Visitation will be held from noon until 2 pm, with the funeral following at 2 pm. Burial at the Smithville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the KCPD Care Team.

Hash, Lester Dwight's Guestbook

Marie and family, Praying for peace and comfort from your memories of Lester. Lester may have retired from the force, he was still on duty here in our neighborhood. I’m going to remember him outside with his coffee cup doing one of his routine neighborhood checks and driving the streets policing us. Sherry appreciated the times he brought our trash carts up when I was out of town and her RA had flared up. I remember him helping our son Seth with his car and coming back the next day to make sure he had not offended me. Another memory of ours is when Sherry’s friend was visiting and her license plate is “quilter”. He popped over to bring her a miniature quilt rack. We will treasure our church pew he gave us. Very fortunate to have known him and have him as a neighbor. Marie, I know you will have some difficult days ahead, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We would be happy to be of help.

Curtis and Sherry Foley

To Marie and Family: Lester’s gallant body may have given up but the effect of Lester’s inspiration, leadership, respect and spirit will live on with us forever. Although not the oldest, he was the inspirational and well respected leader, mentor and anchor of my generation of Melott cousins. From the depression years of a family farm in Coger, OK to his woodworking retirement years of Smithville, MO, Lester lead a life of family dedication, public service, respect for others and love of God, family and country. He set a solid and shining example for us all to live by. For his family and all who knew him, Lester will be deeply missed.

Edward Ferri, Jr. – Cousin

My sincere condolences to you, Mrs. Hash and your family. I was secretary to Major Hash when he was in the Crimes Against Property Division Office, and he was a wonderful boss to work for. He was always so kind and good to people. I really enjoyed working for him, and he was a great asset to the KCPD. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Irene Munoz

Our prayers and thoughts are with Marie, Gwen, Linda, Kim and their families. Our family shared so many wonderful and loving memories of Lester, our nephew, cousin, and "uncle" to the next generation. Lester was always giving and caring to his family. We cherish our memories of the stories around the dinner table, the baseball game he took us to, the loving caring for his Aunt Emily, the many phone calls talking about our families, and his pride and love for his family. May his love of Marie, his girls, and his grandchildren be a comfort today and every day going forward! May God grant Lester Peace in Heaven!

Sandra Rana ,Emily Melott (Smith), Inyat, Sarah, Omar, Mahboob

Marie, peace and prayers for you and your family.

Bill Ferguson, Buena Vista, CO

I'll miss my cousin. I'll miss picking up the phone anytime during the day and hear his upbeat "Well hello there, Jacqueline...". I'll miss hearing his childhood recollections. I'll miss our continuing conversation on our Potawatomi lineage...sharing bits and pieces in hopes of getting a more complete picture of our heritage. I'll miss his perspective on events affecting our lives. I'll miss his voice but I'll still be able to hear his voice in the letters he wrote which I'll cherish. The sun has set on an amazing man. Gdebanen, nitawes (I love you, cousin) Bama mine gwi-wabmen (I will see you later again)

Rob and Jacqueline Farr

There are many praying for your family from Grace! Please know you are on our heart.

George Lakatos (Grace Community Church)

Les was a wonderful person, liked and respected by all who had the pleasure of working with him. Thomas Mills

Thomas Mills

Lester was a welcoming, friendly neighbor who kept watch over our neighborhood. When I’d take my toddler for a walk, we could always count on seeing him on his porch and him sharing a kind word. I wish I had had time to have gotten to know him better. My condolences to the Hash family; Rest In Peace, Lester.

Beth Abram, Isaac, and Luke

My sincere condolences to the family and friends. I will always have deep respect for my first Father in Law. May he rest in peace.

Michael J Urban

Marie, you were so blessed to have Les for a husband - I'm sure you know! He was so good to answer all my car questions and always checked my tires and under the hood when I stopped by when visiting from Omaha. I loved seeing all his woodworking projects and the ones that he gave me. I'll miss him!

Rita Ferguson

I had the honor of working for Les Hash in the traffic unit, I consider him the best commander I worked under. He was very knowledgeable of his unit and allowed his subordinates do their job without interference. He was also a caring friend who called to check on me during the past few years when he knew I was dealing with health issues. I also was under his command in property crimes and auto theft unit. Most important of all he was a good Christian man, who lived his convictions. My condolences to the family for your loss. Leon & Donna Cook

Leon Cook

Really honored to have known Les and to have worked with him on the department.

Dan Abernathy

Marie and Family I had the pleasure of working with Les for many years on the Police Department He was an excellent example of what a Policeman should be. He never took shortcuts and handled every assignment with a smile. I will miss his wise counsel and friendship. He was a leader who treated everyone with respect and dignity. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Larry Joiner

Lester is one of the most amazing men that we have ever known. Even though we only knew him for a short time he has left us with a lifetime of memories. He was one of my best buddies and one of those "one in a million" friends. Kay and I are so blessed to have known him. Lester... Kay & I will miss you so much. Your job might be done here on earth but it's just beginning in Heaven. Kay needs you to track down our Grandson Michael as she wants you to keep and eye on him.

Mike & Kay Thompson

Marie I want to take this time to say that Lester touched my heart and that I enjoyed meeting him and his friendship. He will always have a special place in my heart. God bless you. Love always.

Doris Morgan

Today, I’d like to honor Lester for the compassion and servant’s heart he faithfully extended to our family. As a young girl growing up, I remember Uncle Lester as a tall man with short hair, and ALWAYS displaying a smile on his face. I remember the twinkle in his eye when he would walk through Grandma Hazel’s house with the suitcases and would say, “Marie is ready to go home.” Lester was ALWAYS ready to lend a helping hand. Many in our family have called Lester when lost or needing help, and he ALWAYS showed up to the rescue! Lester leaves a legacy of family and countless examples of servitude to others. I count it a GREAT BLESSING to have grown-up up spending time with him and his family. Marie, Gwen, Linda, and Kim, please know that I love you and am praying for you during this difficult time. The HAPPY memories with you growing-up are priceless and too many to list…..

Teresa Minor (Montgomery)

Lester was an exceptional person. My Dad, Bill Bruce, liked him so much and often talked about him. I enjoyed seeing him at Alexander reunions. The Bruce’s wish to extend their deepest sympathy.

Jeanne Bruce Jarrett

Not only was Les a nice guy, he was one of the best officers I worked with and a real asset to the KCPD.

Bill Trimble

Marie, I am proud to have Les as my friend , my mentor and one of the best example of policing in KCPD history. Will miss our phone calls and breakfasts.

Larry Weishar

Sending everyone our deepest prayer's and best wishes during your celebration of Life for Uncle Lester.

Larry, Sherry and Fl. Montgomery family.

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