Oscar L. Hess Jr., 83, of First Avenue, Berwick, died early Saturday morning, March 15, 2014 at Columbia Montour Hospice, Marie Hall, Danville, where he had been a resident for a week. He had been in failing health for a year.
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He was born June 5, 1930, in Ashley, a son of the late Oscar L. and Freda Wilson Hess Sr.
Oscar served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1971. He received three Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbons, two Combat Readiness Awards, a Air Force Good Conduct Medal and a National Defense Medal.
After, he was employed by Consolidated Cigar and retired when the Berwick plant closed. He was then employed by Bloomsburg University and also picked up and babysat his grandchildren.
He was a member of the Berwick Veterans of Foreign Wars and Wednesdays Senior Golfing League at Rolling Pines.
Oscar was a avid golfer, liked hunting when he was younger, and was passionate about Berwick Bulldogs football. He was a private man, had a deep love for his family and had great dignity.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Phyllis M. Mugford, in 2000, after 48 years of marriage. He is the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He is survived by a son, William L. Hess and his wife, Carmen, of Supply, N.C.; Debi N. Jablonski and her husband, Keith, Harrisonville, Mo.; Dena L. Klingerman and her husband, Bob, Middleburg; six grandchildren, Shelly Whigham and her husband Chris; Jaclyn Brenner and her husband Donnie; William L. Hess Jr. and his companion, Jen; Joshua Klingerman; Eric Klingerman and his wife, Felicia; Kara Capozzi and her husband, Brian; eight great-grandchildren; Lilian, Madilyn, Alyvin, Ethan, Collin, Chloe, Cooper and Caleb; and a special companion, Helen O'Hara.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home, 1024 Market St., Berwick, with the Rev. Chris Dunlap, hospice chaplin, officiating. Interment will be in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge, with military honors.
Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Columbia Montour Home Hospice, 410 Glen Ave., Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
James L Hinckley Jr Funeral Home
1024 N Market St Berwick, PA 18603
Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 17, 2014