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Gilbert Alexander "Gil" Hash

Gilbert "Gil" Alexander Hash

Born August 3, 1927 in Sugar Grove, Virginia and died September 22, 2013 peacefully in his sleep in Livermore, California. Gil was the oldest of 5 children born to Ola (Anderson) Hash and John Wiley Hash. Gil was married for 54 years to his wartime sweetheart Hilda (Sperling) Hash. Gil and Hilda met and fell in love during post WWII Germany, when Gil, an American Air force GI, helped Europeans recover from their devastating losses of the war. He was the face of the greatest generation and American generosity and goodness. Gil served in the US Air force for 23 years as a Technical Sergeant. Thereafter, he worked at Union Carbide as a liquid oxygen plant operator for 20 years. Gil and Hilda were married on July 20, 1953 in Galt, Canada and honeymooned in Niagara Falls. Following their honeymoon, and during his military career, Gil was stationed throughout the world. Gil is survived by his three children, Kenneth Hash, Daniel Hash, and Brigitte (Christopher) Ben; his four grandchildren, Danielle and Gabrielle Hash, and Erika and Alexander Ben; and his siblings, Maye Jones, John Wiley (June) Hash, Garnett (Bink) Hash; as well as numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Gil was predeceased by his mother, father and brother James Hash. Gil spent his later years in Lakewood, California where he raised his children. He recently moved to Livermore to be near his daughter Brigitte and son in law Chris. Gil was a happy, gregarious and generous man. During the time he was stationed in Johnson Island, he learned his lifelong craft of leather tooling. Gil was the exemplification of goodness, decency and hard work. He had a great sense of humor and was a colorful story teller. He was a scout leader during his sons scouting days and he took his family on many camping trips throughout the United States. Gil believed that the worth of a man is determined by his work ethic and as shown by his great work ethic and those who loved him, he was a rich man. Gil was very happy in the last few weeks of life because his son Kenneth was secure in his new home near him in Hayward. Gil lost Hilda suddenly in 2007. He brought flowers to her gravesite every week since her death and as he honored and adored her in life, he honored her in death. Dad quietly passed in his sleep when he knew his good work on earth was finished and his children were safe and secure. We love you and will miss you always, dad. You were always a devoted husband and a loving and nurturing father and Opa. Services will be held at Forest Lawn Cypress on Saturday, October 5 and 11 am. Reception following gravesite service. The family requests donations to Prostate Cancer research. Hilda Erika (Sperling) Hash To our mother Hilda, we miss you and honor you - your strength sustains and guides us now through the loss of our father. Hilda Erika (Sperling) Hash was born Jamaika, Germany near Oder River on March 16, 1925 to Anna Louise (Reack) Sperling and Fritz Albert Sperling and died suddenly in Lakewood, CA on August 10, 2007. Hilda was the oldest of three children. Hilda was born and raised in Germany when, at 18 years of age, she was forced to flee her home during the war. Hilda moved throughout Germany and at wars end, met the handsome and kind Air force Sergeant Gilbert Hash. Gil and Hilda were separated after the war and she moved to Canada hoping to find him where they were eventually reunited and married. Hilda enjoyed nothing more than spoiling her husband and children with her excellent cooking and baking. She had a chair at the table for anyone who needed a meal or needed the love of family or friends. She was an avid gardener and could make anything grow. She was a craftsperson and artist, creating beautiful crochet work, paintings and towle crafts. Gil was a wonderful woodworker and what he could create with wood, Hilda could bring to life with paint. Gil and Hilda loved to travel in their motor home. Although Hilda lived her German heritage throughout her life, she proudly learned English and studied American history and became an American citizen shortly after marrying Gil. She maintained her ties to Germany, returning home on several occasions, including a trip with Gil to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, visiting many places they went to during their courtship. Hilda's children maintain their ties to their family in Germany who also miss her and now also mourn the loss of her beloved Gil. Vergiss nie die hemat wo deine Wiege stand. Du findest in der fremde kein zweites Heimatland. Hilda died suddenly in Lakewood, after returning from a wonderful vacation with Gil and their son Ken, daughter Brigitte, son in law Chris, and their grandchildren. Hilda lives on through her children and grandchildren who love and miss her always. Hilda is with Gil now. Although Gil and Hilda were parted on earth, they are together again in Heaven for eternity. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Oct. 1 to Oct. 3, 2013
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