MOUNT GILEAD — Ted Hess, 64, of Mount Gilead and formerly of Mount Vernon, died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, Sept. 1, 2010, at his home.
He was born April 19, 1946, in Honaker, Va., the son of the late Clint W. and Una Mae (Johnson) Hess. Ted has lived in Mount Gilead for 15 years, previously living in Mount Vernon near many of his brothers and sisters. He attended Fresh Faith Church of The Nazarene regularly.
Ted trimmed trees for the power companies for many years. Ted told the family he was in his first tree at 17. His career ended in 2002 when a disability forced his early retirement.
On Feb. 5, 2004, he married his longtime friend, Suzi Hess, in Mount Gilead. Their friendship began in 1991 and evolved into the eventual reunion as husband and wife. Suzi claimed one of his main jobs was to give her a “hard way.” Their daughter, Bridget, was Ted’s pride and joy and he would do anything for her.
Ted’s way of relaxing and getting away from it all was time spent with his rod and reel. He would fish anywhere there was water but was particularly fond of Amity at Fowler’s Pond where he would fish with Suzi’s son, David. His most recently added pastime involved Gary and Brittany’s newest addition, Trey. Ted could spend hours playing with his newest grandson.
He will be remembered for his ornery nature. The family recalled their last day together with Ted joking and carrying on without a care in the world.
In addition to Suzi and Bridget, Ted will be missed by Suzi’s sons, David (Denise) Durst of Mount Gilead and Gary (Brittany) Gamble of Marion; his children, Teddy Hess and Chrissy Hess; 17 grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Patsy Muncie, Ann Johnson and Connie Ackerman, all of Mount Vernon, Clint (Debbie) Hess of California, Joe Hess of Mount Vernon, and Roy (Marie) Hess and Gary Hess, both of Howard; and his longtime canine companions Juliette and Chi Chi.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Rick Hess; his sister, Mary Lockhart; nephew, Ronald Hankins; mother and father-in-law, Lewis and Betty Durst; his brothers-in-law, Jim Muncie and Kenneth Cremeans; and his sister-in-law, Twila “Max” Liming.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown with Pastor T.J. McNew officiating.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the family. Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead have been entrusted with the arrangements.
For those wishing to express their private condolences to Ted’s family, you may do so by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.