by MICHAEL BROWNING, Managing Editor
VERNER, W.Va. — Ronald Hess, 68 of Verner, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and to join his loved ones waiting for him in heaven Friday, April 19, 2013, from St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.
Born April 25, 1944, at Columbus Ohio, he was a son of the late Delber and Hazel Higgins Hess. Also preceding him in death was one sister, JoAnn Hess, and one son, Michael May.
Ronald was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a truck driver and a member of the Horsepen Southern Baptist Church at Hampden. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Those left to love and cherish the memory of Ronald and to mourn his passing include his loving wife of 37 years, Melanie Hess; children: Angie (Steven) Pope of Newton, Deborah (Brent) Shelton of Zenia, Ohio, Bryon Hess of Springfield, Ohio, John (Connie) May of Gilbert and Kayla May (Ricky Wiley) of Verner; brothers: Roy (Mary) Hess of Galloway, Ohio, Ralph Hess of Columbus, Ohio, Roland (Tonya) Hess of West Jefferson, Ohio, and Raymond (Marjorie) Hess of Lancaster, Ohio; special great-grandson, Cameron Gerace of Taplin, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other dear family, and friends.
Services will commence at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Horsepen Southern Baptist Church at Hampden with Rev. Brian Warden officiating. Burial will follow in Justice Memorial Gardens at Justice.
Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m.-1 p. m. Tuesday at the church.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Allen, Clarence Toler, Doug Chapman, Frank Lester Jr., Steven Pope and Butch Cline.
Honorary pallbearers are Lonnie Brown, Larry Brown, Clyde Moreland, Richard Bartram, Eddie Chapman, Roby Pope, Ronnie Church and Carlos Mounts.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Mounts Funeral Home Inc., P.O. Box 1567, Gilbert WV 25621, to help with funeral expenses.
Condolences may be left at www.mountsfuneralhome.com
Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.
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