American Veteran 08

Swanson D. Hash, Sr.

December 30, 1939 ~ January 2, 2021 (age 81)


Swanson Disco Hash Sr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away on Saturday January 2, 2021 at the age of 81 at Sentara Hospice House from dementia. He is finally at peace after suffering from several ailments which made it extremely hard for him to care for himself. His daughter Jane Hash was his primary caregiver in his last months, with help from his other daughter Farika Hash, his grandkids and close family friend Vondell Williams, who was a big help in his last days. He was born December 30, 1939 in Beckley, West Virginia to Dr. Bishop R. K. Hash and Mildred T. Hash, both of which are deceased. Swanson was an honored United States Navy veteran of 25 years.

Swanson was a loving and kind soul who will forever be missed. He spent his early years in West Virginia with his many brothers and sisters. He graduated from Scott Memorial in 1958. He was extremely smart, which led him to be the valedictorian of his class. He also got his associates degree from St. Leo University.

Swanson soon joined the Navy in 1959. While in the Navy he served proudly on the Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Georgia; the USS John W. Weeks (DD 701) in Norfolk, Virginia; the USS R. A. Owens (DD 827) also in Norfolk; the USS H. W. Gilmore (AS 16) in Charleston, South Carolina; the Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek Norfolk, Virginia; the USS L. Y. Spear (AS 36) in Norfolk; and the USS Yellowstone (AD 41) also in Norfolk.

While living in Wytheville, Virginia he would meet the love of his life and the future mother of his children Helen Hash of Wytheville, Virginia. They got married in Wytheville, VA on February 20, 1961. The military eventually took him and Helen to Virginia Beach, Virginia where they would continue to live and grow their family.

Once retired from the military, Swanson started working at Virginia Beach Industries, a Division of General Foams Plastic Corp. He worked there for 25 years before retiring. He was a God-fearing man who enjoyed going to church. His greatest pride were his children and abundance of grandkids, several of which lived with him for most of their lives.

Swanson is predeceased by his parents (named above); his mother-in-law Emily H. Gambill; his brother Joel L. Hash Sr.; and sisters Delores Hash, Delilah Miller, & Mamie Anderson. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Helen F. Hash; his sons Swanson Jr. (wife Amy) & Ross H. Hash; daughters Jane D. Hash, Cherita F. Hash, & Farika D. Hash; grandkids Jerome Williams Jr. (wife Jennifer), Avian W. Hash, Tonisha F. Hogan-Hash, Toni A. Hogan-Hash, Ross Jr., Perrier G. Hash, Adam K. Hash, Mya S. Hash, Darren C. Hash, Dejah Hash, & Emily-Helen M. Harris; great-grandkids Iyana Stover, Jahniyah Williams, & Mariah Williams; brothers R. K. Hash Jr. (wife Betty), Bishop J. C. Hash (wife Joyce), Bishop Charles T. Hash (wife Nancy), Bishop Leonard Hash (wife Nancy), Dr. Bishop Ronald Hash (wife Lotus), & John C. Hash (wife Lawranda); and his sister Dr. Francene Hash.

In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Cancer Society or a Dementia Foundation. 

A memorial service will be held for Swanson on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Rosewood Cemetery in Virginia Beach, Virginia at 12:30pm The pallbearers will be his five grandsons and one of his sons.

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 Service Program


January 5, 2021

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Beach Funeral & Cremation Services
4456 Bonney Road
Va Beach, VA 23462

Graveside Service
January 6, 2021

12:30 PM
Rosewood Memorial Park
631 N. Witchduck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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