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HESS, Dean E. Age 97, of Huber Heights, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at his residence. Dean was a retired Colonel from the U.S. Air Force, a teacher at Bethel High School, Pastor in the Disciples of Christ Church, Veteran of the Army Air Corp, flying over 60 missions in World War II. He was born in Marietta, OH and graduated from Marietta College, received his Masters from Ohio University and was working on his PhD from The Ohio State University when he was called back to active duty for the Korean War. The Air Force assigned Dean to begin training Korean pilots to fly combat. In addition to training pilots, he flew 250 combat missions and rescued over 1,000 orphans. His activities were documented in his autobiography "Battle Hymn", which was the basis for a motion picture of the same name. He gave all proceeds from the book and the movie to establish the Orphans Home of Korea. In 2005, Dean was enshrined on the Walk of Fame in the Wright-Dunbar historical district. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary C., parents, Lemuel and Florence; brothers, George and Thomas; and sister, Ethel Guilotta. Dean is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Hess of Greenville; sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence & Susan Hess of Huber Heights, Edward Alan & Barbara Hess of Xenia, Ronald & Patricia Hess of Miamisburg; grandchildren, Robert, Jason, Laura, Jenny, Peter, Casey and Bradley; 10 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral service is at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Marker & Heller Funeral Home, Huber Heights Chapel, 5844 Old Troy Pike, the Reverend C. Larry Stiles officiating. Interment is at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m., Friday March 6. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Hospice of Dayton or the Air Force Museum Foundation.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Mar. 5, 2015
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