Richard “Chip” Lass, 94, of Terryville, passed away Friday February 19, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital.
Chip was born Dec. 13, 1921 in Terryville, CT, he was the son of the late Joseph J. & Sophia (Plucenski) Lass. Chip worked as a tool & die maker at the Eagle Lock Co. in Terryville starting his apprenticeship at age 18 in Dec. 1939.
He enlisted in the Army in March 43 and served as a rifleman in the 85th regiment of the 10th Mountain Division. He was in the Battle of North Apennines and the Po Valley and was awarded the Purple Heart & The Bronze Star. He left the service in Dec. 45 with the rank of
Staff Sgt. He then worked for the BJ Tool Co. in Terryville for 18 years and then New Departure Hyatt in Bristol for 16 years till he retired in 1982. He enjoyed skiing before and after the war. He was an avid hunter, (both rifle & long bow) and fisherman (both salt & freshwater).
Chip was a member of American Legion Plymouth Post #20 for 70 years, member of Terryville Fish & Game Club and had served in the Terryville Fire Dept in the past. He was a parishioner of St. Casimir Church, Terryville.
He is survived by his nephew, Arthur Brauer and his wife Louise, great nephews, David Peterson & Scott Peterson, great nieces, Diane Peterson and Leah Brauer Seleman and her husband Tom and cousins, Lois Poplar, Steve Kloss and Celia Krayeski. He was predeceased by his sisters, Natalie Lass Powers, Irene Lass Brauer and her husband Arthur, his niece, Marilyn Peterson and great nephew, Christopher J. Brauer.
Chip said at his age all his friends had died, but he made new friends where ever he went and will be missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday February 26th, 11:00AM at St. Casimir Church, Terryville. Burial with military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Terryville. There are no calling hours. Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville is assisting the family with arrangements.