FREDERICKTOWN — Ray E. Hess, 81, of Fredericktown passed away Monday morning, Nov. 18, 2019, at his home following a courageous battle with declining health. He was born in Bangs on Aug. 5, 1938, to the late Cleo B. and Mabel E. (Lauderbaugh) Hess.

Ray was a 1956 graduate of Centerburg High School. He honorably served his country in the Navy. Ray worked for Empire Reeves Steel Mill in Mansfield, then he worked for Cooper Bessemer in Mount Vernon and he retired from THK in Hebron, where he was the Purchasing Agent.

Ray was known as Mr. Fix-it. He enjoyed working on tractors and old cars, but most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Ray is survived by his wife, Betty (Bandy) Hess, whom he married on June 8, 1958; children, Penny (Keith) Beitzel of Fredericktown and Ray E. (Kelly) Hess II of Minster; grandchildren, Nikki Pope, Bryce Pope, Tyler Hess and Brady Hess; great-grandchildren, Trinity Brown and Ethan Pope; brothers, Dale Hess of Leesburg, FL, and Jim Hess of Naples, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Knerr.

In following with Ray’s wishes, there will not be any services.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Ray E. Hess.


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