Delmar Hess Sr.

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SIDNEY — Delmar Gene Hess Sr., age 80, of Cisco Road, Sidney, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at his residence early Thursday morning, Sept. 3, 2015.

He was born Nov. 19, 1934, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to the late Kenneth and Sadie (Van Arsdale) Hess. On Aug. 21, 1988, in Troy, Delmar married Dorothy Gibbs Hess who survives.

Also surviving are nine children, Brenda and Steve Smith, of New Bremen, Belinda Batman, of Piqua, Lula and Brian Delaet, of Russia, Dewayne Hess Sr., of Piqua, Marchand Hess, of Piqua, Delmer Jr. and Evelyn Hess, of Vermilion, Drew and Karen Hess, of Amherst, Deniece and Tom Bennett, of Akron, Diane and Donald Greene, of Lady Lake, Florida; two stepdaughters, Dorothy J. Aistrop, of Virginia, and Jennifer Self, of Bowling Green, Kentucky; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Dean and Mary Hess of Tucson, Arizona; mother and father-in-law, Dorothy and Wilbur Preston, of Piqua; along with sisters and brothers-in-law, Roberta and Gene Black, Nancy and Jim Creager, Coraliss and Craig Preston, Walter Gibbs, and Carlene Persinger, all of Piqua.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Dennis and infant Daniel Hess; and one sister, Merlamae Ries.

A 1952 graduate of Bellefontaine High School, Delmar served in the Ohio National Guard for several years near the end of the Korean War. He is retired from Crane Pumps & Systems in Piqua and had been employed there nearly 20 years. He was a tool & die maker and often worked on aerospace projects. Previously, He had been employed at the former Decker's Meat Packing Plant.

Mr. Hess was a member of the Bellefontaine Highpoint Eagles Lodge, the Xenia John Deere 2 Cycle Club, and had been a life member of the Miami county Antique Power Association. Delmar enjoyed working with and collecting antique John Deere tractors and engines. Years ago, he also played a lot of softball.

Funeral Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at Gehret Funeral Home, 64 Elm St., Fort Loramie, with Pastor John Leighty presiding. Interment will follow at Miami Memorial Park in Covington.

Friends may call Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Fort Loramie Rescue Squad or Fort Loramie Fire Department.

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2015
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