Richard Hess (1926 - 2012)

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Richard J "Dick" Hess

January 27, 1926 - May 10, 2012

SALEM- Richard J Hess, affectionately known by many as Papa Dick, passed away from natural causes last Thursday, in the presence of his loving wife Bunny, and family members.

Dick was born to Bernard and Ada Hess, on January 27, 1926, in Clark South Dakota. The family relocated to Omak, Washington prior to Dick's first year in high school. In 1944, Dick graduated from Omak High School, where he was a star athlete, and immediately enlisted in the Navy, Seebee's Unit. Dick was a cook on board a Navy vessel during WWII, traveling the world and proudly serving his country.

Following his discharge from the Navy in 1946, Dick returned home briefly, then set out to pursue his career. He traveled to Walla Walla, Washington for a job interview at a farmer's co-op. He was hired on as an accountant. It was on the job that he met the love of his life, a raven haired Italian beauty named Bunny Pratto, who also worked at the co-op. Dick and Bunny were married on June 7, 1947, and have been inseparable for the last 65 years.

Dick and Bunny left Walla Walla for Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and also lived in Boise, Idaho for a short period before making their final move to Salem Oregon in 1954. The couple raised their two daughters and four sons in the Salem area. Dick was employed as an accountant at Pratum Co-op for 10 years before catching on with Larry Epping Building Company. He was the company accountant/office manager for 35 years before retiring.

Dick was a devoted member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He was active in the Salem community as a member and past president of the Northeast Lions Club, the Pratum Station Volunteer Fire Department, and as a coach for Little League Baseball. Dick was a previous part owner of the Salem Angels semi-pro baseball team.

Dick was an avid spectator, sponsor, and role model for all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His motto was "family first", and he dedicated his life to those he loved. Hobbies and activities included fishing, hunting, camping, bowling, poker, travel, woodworking, and collecting coins and rocks.

Dick is survived by his wife Bunny, his daughters Cheryl Luth (Dan) and Jody Hecht (Darryl), and his sons Rick (Connie), Tom (Rita), Mark (Marilu), and Matt (Gina). Papa Dick will be fondly remembered and truly missed by his 18 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff of Avamere South Salem Rehab Center for the care and support provided to Dick and his family during his stay there.

A viewing has been scheduled on May 16, 1-5 pm, at Howard-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ranson Mortuary. A rosary and funeral mass are scheduled on May 17, 9:30-11:00, at St Joseph's Catholic Church, with reception to follow. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, in Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northeast Lions Club, or St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Published in StatesmanJournal on May 15, 2012
Richard John Hess
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