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E. Grant Hesser, who was an icon in the construction industry in Cincinnati OH, died December 26th in Palm City, FL. at the age of 94. He was the husband of Joan S. Hesser and the late Betty (Maescher) Hesser. He was born in Bowling Green, OH January 11, 1919 to George Ernest and Ethel Martin Hesser and grew up in Cincinnati. He was graduated from Dartmouth College, and attended the US Naval Academy. He served in the US Navy in WII and achieved the rank of Lt. Commander. He met his first wife, Betty, in the Les Cheneaux Islands, MI in 1938 and they were married in 1944. After the war, they moved back to Cincinnati and raised three sons. He worked at Maescher Industries, Inc. (the former Chas. V. Maescher & Co., Inc.) for 50 years, in the general construction industry and served as President until 1983, when he moved to Stuart, FL, and Chairman until 1996. He was highly respected in the construction industry. A few of his contributions included: Founder and past president of the American Council of Construction Education and the Associated General Contractors of Ohio chapter; past president of the Allied Construction Industries in Cincinnati and the American Institute of Constructors; Life Director of the Associated General Contractors of America. He was honored in Cincinnati with the 2010 Spirit of Construction Award for his years of service to the industry. Some of his "memorable" construction projects of note are Kings Island, The Christ Hospital and other hospitals, The Kroger Co., P&G, Cincinnati Milacron and many area shopping centers. He was a life member and past president of both University Club and the Gyro Club of Cincinnati, a past board member of the Cincinnati Country Club, member of The Cincinnatus Association, past president of the Cincinnati Dartmouth Club and served on many non-profit boards. He was an Eagle Scout and a Silver Beaver Award recipient. He was an accomplished sailor at his summer home in the Les Cheneaux Islands, MI for 61 years, as well as an avid woodworker. He had a great sense of humor and was often heard humming and always had a smile and a hearty "Hello" for everyone he met. Also surviving are his sons, Grant (Carol), Peter (Nancy), John (Tina); grandchildren, Torie (Stefan) Schellhas, James, Peter Jr., Lesley (Curtis) Bowling, J.Whitney, Kristin (Blake) Horsburgh, and Grant; great-grandchildren, Heidi, Greyson, Elle, Liam, Brie; a nephew and two stepdaughters. Memorial service at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave., 45208, Saturday, February 1 at 11AM. Memorials may be made to The Cincinnati Gyro Club Foundation or Dan Beard Council of Cincinnati- Boy Scouts of America

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Jan. 19 to Jan. 22, 2014
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