Richard Marion Hess was born to Larnie A. and Ada Beryl Hess on September 12, 1922, on a farm near Corbin, Kansas. He passed from this life on May 7, 2013, at the age of 90. Richard attended schools in south central Kansas graduating from Sedan High School in 1941. After graduation, Richard joined the war effort by enlisting in the United States Coast Guard. He was proud of the time he spent serving on the USS Cavalier, an attack transport ship which took part in five landings in the Pacific including Saipan, Tinian, Leyte, Luzon, and Subic Bay. On January 30, 1945, the USS Cavalier was hit by a torpedo from a two-man Japanese submarine, lost all power, and was towed back to Pearl Harbor with the crew aboard. Richard participated in the VFW and enjoyed reunions of the Cavalier crew which included Cesar Romero who he said was a good actor and a very nice person. In 1944, a year and a half after meeting in a drug store in Bartlesville, Richard married Helen Lucille Lynch of Dewey. After World War II, Richard went to work at the Phillips Refinery in Borger, Texas. When he took a job with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, he and Helen established their home in Dewey where they have lived for nearly 70 years. Following his retirement in 1985, Richard grew the best tomatoes and built the coolest bird houses in the area. Richard loved to fish, to build things, to grow things, and OU football. Most of all, he enjoyed and loved his family.
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Richard and Helen were married for nearly 70 years and through that union had three children, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Children included Richard Lee Hess and his wife Mary of Edmond; Marla Ann Stroud and her husband Garry of Arma, Kansas; and Rhonda Gail Songer and her husband Steve of Ramona. Grandchildren include Melissa Houser and husband Tod of Tulsa; Derek Walker and wife Robbie of Lufkin, Texas; Rachel Hess O'Brien and husband Blake of Houston; Abigail Francis (Hess) Shaw and husband Clint of Tulsa; Matthew Brandon Songer and Madison Brooke Songer of Ramona. Great grandchildren include Kaleb D. Houser of Tulsa; Abigail F., Emma G., and Aiden D. Walker of Lufkin, Texas; and Norah Louise O'Brien of Houston.
Services were held Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at East Bartlesville Christian Church, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the
, 6600 South Yale Avenue, Suite 700, Tulsa, OK 74136 or VFW Post 10099, 310 East Don Tyler Avenue, Dewey, OK 74029. Arrangements and services have been entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso. www.moweryfs.com
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from May 12 to June 11, 2013