BERWICK — Oscar L. Hess Jr., 83, of First Avenue, Berwick, died early Saturday morning, March 15, 2014, at Columbia Montour Hospice at Marie Hall in Danville, where he had been a resident for a week. He had been in failing health for a year.
He was born June 5, 1930, in Ashley, and was a son of the late Oscar L. Sr. and Freda Wilson Hess.
Oscar served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1971. He received three Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbons, two Combat Readiness Awards, an Air Force Good Conduct Medal and a National Defense Medal.
After the military, he worked for Consolidated Cigar and retired when the Berwick plant closed. He then went to work for Bloomsburg University, and he also picked up and babysat his grandchildren.
He was a member of the Berwick VFW and Wednesday's Senior Golfing League at Rolling Pines.
Oscar was a avid golfer, liked hunting when he was younger, and was passionate about Berwick Bulldog football. He was a private man, who had a deep love for his family and had great dignity.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Phyllis M. Mugford, who died in 2000, ending a marital span of 48 years. He is the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He is survived by a son, William L. Hess and his wife, Carmen, Supply, N.C., Debi N. Jablonski and her husband, Keith, Harrisonville, Mo., Dena L. Klingerman and her husband, Bob, Middleburg; six grandchildren, Shelly Whigham and her husband, Chris, Jaclyn Brenner and her husband, Donnie, William L. Hess Jr. and his companion, Jen, Joshua Klingerman, Eric Klingerman and his wife, Felicia, Kara Capozzi and her husband, Brian; eight great-grandchildren, Lilian, Madilyn, Alyvin, Ethan, Collin, Chloe, Cooper, and Caleb; and a special companion Helen O'Hara.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home, 1024 Market St., Berwick, with the Rev. Chris Dunlap, hospice chaplain officiating. Burial will be in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge, with military honors. Visitation for friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. until service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Columbia Montour Home Hospice, 410 Glen Ave., Bloomsburg, PA 17815.