Thomas E. Hess
1932 - 2020
Russell C. Schmidt Funeral Home
5000 Wattsburg Road
Erie, PA
Thomas E. Hess, 87, of Lake City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at his residence.

He was born in Erie on September 9, 1932, a son of the late Cletus E. and Anne M. Yusz Hess.

Thomas graduated from Tech Memorial and Erie Business College. He went on to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War and worked as a manager in the electronic business early in his career. Most recently he worked as a shipping foreman with Zurn Industries in the Energy Division for many years. He enjoyed stamp collecting, fishing, and history, especially World War II. Above all, he loved being with family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet J. Neff Hess, and his sister, Ann "Snitzy" Fling.

Survivors include three sons, Michael Hess (Cindy) of Erie, Gary Hess (Kim) of Erie, and Timothy Hess (Veronica) of Lake City; three daughters, Jeanne Chapman (Richard) of Cambridge Springs, Erin Glover (Daniel) of Nevada, and LeighAnn Wychock (Steve) of Ashtabula; one sister, Edith "Snorky" Miller (Kenneth) of Erie; one brother, Edward "Snuffy" Hess (Judith) of Harborcreek; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, funeral services and burial will be private for the family. A special gathering will be held at a future date by the family.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, 16504.

Memorial contributions can be made to the VA Medical Center, 135 E. 38th St., Erie, 16504 or the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

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Sorry to hear of Tom's passing.
Please accept our condolences, Dotty and I have many fond memories of the family gatherings during the holidays and special occasions.
Rest in peace Tom.
Joseph & Dotty Wychock
April 17, 2020
Dear TIm, Veronica and family , we are very sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great father, husband, grandfather. Above all that he was a great soul. Our deepest symphony. Jim and Judy Barabas.
April 17, 2020
Dear Jeanne and Hillary, Dale and I send our deepest sympathy, we know how much you loved him.
Dale knew him many years ago when he played softball--many years ago. We will have a Mass said for him.
Maryann Hannah
April 17, 2020
My deepest sympathy for your loss.
Dan Lanagan
April 17, 2020
Rest in peace Tom. Good memories from ZED many years ago.
william zill
April 16, 2020
Tom was a great guy to work with. Made the day better just talking with him for a few minutes. May he Rest In Peace. God bless the family, may all memories keep Tom in their hearts forever.
Tom Kunik
April 16, 2020
Thank you for your service. RIP
April 15, 2020
Papa u will never be forgotten
Michelle and Gabe Hess
April 15, 2020
Rest in peace, Poppa.
April 15, 2020
Prayers & condolences from our family to yours.
Lynne Maetz
April 15, 2020
Such a fun loving guy. He will be missed.
Terri Hood
April 14, 2020
May all the great memories of your Dad help you through this difficult time. Our hearts and thoughts are with you both and your entire family.
April 14, 2020
I met Tom through his daughter,Leighann, and I will remember him always. He was kind, generous and the love he had for his family was touching. That love was returned by his family and he was put on a pedestal, which he deserved. I'm so happy I met this unique man and I will smile thinking about him with his wife, Janet, once again. You were certainly loved, Tom.
April 14, 2020
Hess family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of your father, grandfather and wonderful man. We are keeping you in prayers and sending you our love.
Philip Daria Marnella
April 14, 2020
Joel Bock
April 13, 2020
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