HARTFORD CITY – Johnny "John" Henry Hess, 78, of Hartford City, died at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Bridgewater Center for Health and Rehab, Hartford City.
He was born in Hartford City on April 2, 1934, to the late Lee Hess and the late Edith (Landis) Hess.
Johnny married his first wife, Geraldine (Hall) Hess, on February 7, 1953. She preceded him in death on October 31, 1978. He married his second wife, Shirley A. (Wrestler) Hess, on January 27, 1979, in Hartford City at the Apostolic Tabernacle Church.
He retired from CPC-General Motors, Marion, in 1996 after 20 years of employment.
His home church was Apostolic Tabernacle Church in Hartford City. He was a member of Living Waters of Apostolic Church, Marion for the past year and also was a member of UAW #977, Marion.
Johnny will be sadly missed by his wife, Shirley A. Hess, of Hartford City; daughter, Johnny Henri (husband, Lowell J.) Gordon, of Hartford City; grandchildren, William J. (wife, Gail M.) Wallace, Rachel E. (husband, Mark A.) Tucker and Clyde E. (wife, Megan L.) Wallace; great-grandchildren, Hannah Wallace, Micaela Wallace, Asa Wallace, Brandon Tucker, Abigail Tucker, Timothy "Timmy" Tucker, Cye Wallace, Jonathon Wallace and Zarya Wallace; brother, Virgil Hess, of Portland; several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, sister, Ellamae Chapman, and brothers, Robert Hess, Harry Hess and Lee Hess Jr.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Keplinger Funeral Home, 509 N. High St., Hartford City, with the Rev. William J. Wallace of Thy Kingdom Come Ministries officiating and being assisted by the Rev. Robert Morrell of Living Waters Apostolic Church. Burial will follow at Hartford City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Keplinger Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Hartford City Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 66, Hartford City, IN 47348 or
, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.