Hess, Richard F.
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Richard F. Hess, 80, of New Milford, beloved husband of 50 years to the late Elizabeth (Morgan) Hess, died peacefully on Monday, May 12th. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 9, 1934, son of the late William and Jean Hess. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Lakes in New Milford and was a past parishioner of St. Joseph Church, Brookfield.
He was a Veteran of the Korean War, proudly serving with the United States Marine Corp. Mr. Hess worked for many years as an engineer for Perkin Elmer and was involved in projects including the Hubbell Telescope and the Apollo Lunar programs. Outside of his love for his family, he had two passions, sports and singing. He played minor league baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers, was a founder and past president of the Brookfield Baseball Association, and built the Grey's Bridge Baseball Field. Continuing his involvement in sports, he coached hockey, baseball and refereed football and hockey. He was a passionate singer for many years at St. Joseph Church Minstrels, Our Lady of the Lakes Choir and the Danbury Notables.
He will be sadly missed by his nine children, Carole Hess, Richard Hess (Bernadette), Mary Hess, Janette McKeown (Shawn), Barbara Hess, James Hess (Linda), Patricia Kelleher (Thomas), Steven Hess (Julie) and Kenneth Hess; twelve beloved grandchildren, Theresa, Gregg, Richard, Alana, Patrick, Matthew, Alex, Megan, Alison, Shannon, Amanda and Kaitlyn. He is also survived by his brothers, Charles (Elizabeth), and Lawrence; his sisters, Leona, Charlotte (Thomas), Lorraine (Bill), and Joyce (Thomas); as well as many nieces and nephews. Richard is predeceased by his cherished daughter Theresa Hess.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 15th at 10:30am at St. Joseph Church, Brookfield, with Fr. Fred Langlois officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Newtown.
The family will receive friends at the Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield on Wednesday, May 14th between the hours of 2:00 - 4:00pm and 6:00 - 8:00pm. To light a candle please visit www.BrookfieldFuneralHome.com
Brookfield Funeral Home
786 Federal Rd
Brookfield, CT 06804
Published in News Times on May 13, 2014