Richard Lee "Dick" Hess, 79, of Terre Haute, went to be with the Lord in the early morning of Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Regional Hospital. He was born on April 4, 1934, in Paris, IL to Oscar and Leora Mae (Welch) Hess. In August of 1956, he married the love of his life, Norma Hughes, and together they raised three daughters.
Dick proudly served in the United States Army as a Rifle Marksman during the Korean War. He started working for Turner Coaches as a driver in 1957 and retired in 2007 with a million miles accident free. He had 50 years of perfect service and attendance. Dick also worked for the City of Terre Haute as a firefighter from 1970 until June 1992. He loved traveling on vacation with family, watching the Fighting Illini, going to Nascar races and was an avid gardener. Most of all, Richard enjoyed the time he spent with family and friends.
Dick is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Norma Lafern Hess; their three daughters, Cheryl E. Quigley and her husband John, Debbie L. Zwerner, and Tracey L. Rader and her husband Scott, all of Terre Haute; grandchildren, Nichole Flak and her husband Robert, Gregory Eversole, and Lauren Rader, all of Terre Haute; great-grandchildren, Kendra Mychelle Bible and Ryker James Eversole; step great-grandson Dalton Flak, all of Terre Haute; sister-in-laws Dorothy Hess of Donna, TX and Bea Hess of Paducah, KY; and close friends, Hank Carpenter and his late wife Helen, Leona Linnabary and her late husband Myron, Charlie Orndorff and his late wife Gay, Buzz Carpenter, Barb Anderson, and Phil Monroe and many other dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Marvin Dawson, brothers Russell Hess and Charles Hess, and sister Jean Seeley.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 12 at the funeral home with Pastor Rick Swan officiating and military rites performed by American Legion Post 104. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Richard Lee Hess Memorial Fund at Old National Bank. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mattoxwood.com