Oscar Louis Lasko of Lasko Products Dies at 96

Oscar Louis Lasko

Lasko Products executive Oscar Louis Lasko of West Chester died April 2 at his home. He was 96.

Born and raised in West Chester, Lasko attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. Shortly after college, he entered the Merchant Marines and served on a Liberty ship as an engineer delivering gasoline during World War II.

He returned from the war and went to work with his father and brother at what was then Lasko Metal Products. He built the company manufacturing facilities in West Chester; Franklin, Tenn.; Columbia, Pa.; and Fort Worth, Texas.

Lasko became the largest home comfort products company in the U.S. under his leadership.

As a West Chester resident, he used his business success to give back to the community.

In particular, he worked with the West Chester YMCA to set up the “Believe and Achieve Program” and fund renovations and general improvement. He worked with the Boy Scouts of Chester County, helping to fund the religious school at Kesher Israel Congregation.

In addition, the Lasko Tower at the Chester County Hospital was funded by Lasko, and he also formed the Lasko Family Foundation, which supports various Jewish charities and general vocational training in Philadelphia.

In addition to his wife, Vivian Simkins Lasko, he is survived by his children Gail, Bill, Robin and Jaye; daughter-in-law Janet Lasko and son-in-law Hugh Hagen; grandchildren Joshua, Rebecca, Daniel and Robert; and step-grandchildren Jake and Joshua.

The funeral service is 10 a.m. on April 5 at the Kesher Israel Synagogue, 1000 Pottstown Pike in West Chester. Interment will be at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Malvern.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to any of following: YMCA of West Chester, 1 E. Chestnut St., West Chester, Pa., 19380; Chester County Boy Scouts of America, 504 S Concord Road, West Chester, Pa., 19382; Neighborhood Hospice, 400 E. Marshall St., West Chester, Pa., 19380; Community Volunteers in Medicine, 300 Lawrence Drive, West Chester, Pa., 19380; or Kesher Israel Congregation 1000 Pottstown Pike, West Chester, Pa., 19380.


  1. My Mom and Dad worked for Lasko – I remember both Oscar and his brother Harry. My mother was the telephone operator and later payroll clerk – Dad worked on the shipping dock and later they moved to Franklin, Tennesse and helped set up the Tennessee facility. So long ago. Good times there on Gay Street.


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