Dorothy L. (Hershey) Lease

December 25, 1922 ~ July 20, 2020 (age 97)


Dorothy L. Lease, 97, of Grass Creek passed away peacefully on Monday, July 20, 2020 at her home surrounded by family.

Born on December 25, 1922 in Elwood, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Hazel (King) Hershey.

Dorothy was a 1940 Grass Creek High School graduate and a 1941 graduate with honors of the International Business College in Ft. Wayne.

On November 17, 1945 she married Harris D. Lease.  He preceded her in death on January 24, 2011.

Dorothy retired in 1982 after 26 years from the First National Bank in Rochester as an Administrative Assistant, Bank Trust Officer and Vice President.  Dorothy was a member of the Professional Women’s Association.

She was a member of the Grass Creek United Methodist Church, Grass Creek United Methodist Church Ladies Aid, charter member of the 20th Century Home Ec Club, 50 year member of the Fulton Order of Eastern Star where she served as Past Worthy Matron, and the District OES Little Kins.

Dorothy was also a former member Ambulance Board and a former trustee of Woodlawn Hospital where she served on the Planning Committee for the new construction of the hospital.  Dorothy enjoyed getting together with her retired group from the bank, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Lavonne “Sue” Sailors (Daniel) of Grass Creek, grandchildren, Christopher Sailors (Debra) of Grass Creek, Timothy Sailors (Michelle) of Grass Creek, Stephanie Herd (Jason) of Grass Creek.  She is also survived by great grandchildren, Christen Polomchak, Carrie Sailors, Emily Mappin, Ethan Sailors, Keaton Ferverda, Noah Herd, and London Herd and 4 great great grandchildren and one on the way.

She was also preceded in death by infant sons, Douglas and Larry Lease and brothers, John Hershey and William Hershey.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Rans Funeral Home & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Burial will follow at Grass Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Woodlawn Hospital, the Talking Book Library Indiana State Library Association, 140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 and/or Guardian Angel Hospice.

Dorothy’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at

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Funeral Ceremony
July 23, 2020

11:00 AM
Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory
123 E. Main St.
Kewanna, IN 46939

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