Gary E. Hess
FUNERAL HOME
Duker & Haugh Funeral Home
823 Broadway St
Quincy, IL

Gary E. Hess has achieved comfort and peace through our Lord, upon his death, Monday, September 13, 2021. Gary was receiving care at Heritage Health in Mt. Sterling, IL since July 13, 2021. His family was at his side at the time of his passing. Gary was born in Quincy, IL, on May 8, 1938, to Fred A. Hess and Mary A. (Heubner) Hess.

He attended Quincy Senior High School and remained a Quincy resident his entire life.

He married his high school sweetheart, Maureen (Vaughan) Hess on June 9, 1956, and they had three children, Gail, Kevin, and Kirk, in spite of the fact that Maureen was stricken with polio as a young adult. Love conquers all!

Gary's accomplishments were numerous. He was a faithful husband and father, a hard worker, and excellent provider.

Most of his career was in automobile sales. He started as a salesman at Baxter Motors in 1961, where he quickly was move into management. That dealership became Quincy Trading Post Chrysler, Plymouth, Imperial, where he was General Manager and Vice-President. In 1977 Chrysler Motors assumed ownership as Quincy Chrysler Center at 3801 Broadway, where Gary became President and General Manager. He remained there until taking the position as General Manager at Jappy Dickson Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Toyota.

On April 15, 1985, he established Gary Hess Auto Agency Inc. at 2801 Broadway, with his son Kirk Hess, and daughter Gail (Hess) Costigan coming on board to offer the "Area's Finest Pre-Owned Vehicles".

Gary Hess Auto Agency, (now Hess Auto Agency) has had several locations since 1985, starting at 2801 Broadway, then relocating to 3908 Broadway. After Drury Inn made a lucrative offer for the property, another move was made to 826 Broadway. Finally, a strategic move to 1124 N. 24th Street was made to capitalize on the advertising and draw of the large new car dealerships that were located on North 24th Street.

Gary's philosophy was to offer quality vehicles at a fair price, and to treat the customer the way you would want to be treated. Gary has many loyal and dedicated customers that are a testimony to his honesty and integrity.

Gary led a full life with friends and family, experiencing many joyous times. He and Maureen traveled to Japan, Jamacia, and Hawaii together, as well as many vacation destinations and camping expeditions with the kids!

He loved golf and orchestrated many trips with his buddies that generated a lifetime of fond memories for all who were present!

Gary loved keeping his yard and home looking well maintained, although, as often as he rearranged shrubbery and furniture, family members had to check twice that they had come home to the correct address! He said he got that from rearranging and displaying his automobile inventory weekly!

He was active in his children's lives, and coached and sponsored many sporting events, most notably, 5th and 6th grade basketball at St. Boniface School. This he did for over 9 years, not only coaching basketball but coaching in character and life skills as well. One young man (that he had to convince to play basketball, picking him up and taking him home from practice on several occasions) went on to be a standout player at QND, as well as receiving a college scholarship for basketball. Gary was also inducted into the CYO Sports Hall of Fame for his dedication and caring spirit.

Gary was a past board member of St. Boniface School, and Quincy Notre Dame High School, where he was instrumental in the consolidation of Notre Dame High School, and Catholic Boys High Schools. He cherished watching his children and grand children participate in sporting events while attending QND and was a great supporter for many years thereafter.

He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus, Cedar Crest Country Club, St. Boniface Parish, and was a current member St. Francis Parish.

Gary will be missed by family and friends, but we are confident that he is celebrating with loved ones who have gone before him and is safe in the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus.

The family would like to thank the family members, nurses, and CNA's that cared for him in his times of needs. Your kindness and compassion will never be forgotten.

Gary was preceded in death by his beloved wife Maureen on October 1, 2015, his parents Fred and Mary Hess, and a brother Michael Hess.

Gary is survived by:

THREE CHILDREN: Gail Costigan and her husband Lawrence of Quincy; Kevin Hess and his wife Ellen of Palatine, IL and Kirk Hess and his wife Sherry of Quincy.

GRANDCHILDREN: Colleen Johnson and her husband Patrick; Patrick Costigan; Christopher Costigan and his wife Reagan; Lauren Patel; Brian Hess; Brandon Hess; and Bridget Hess; David Hess; Shannon Slee and her husband Jordan; Eric Hess and Kaelyn Hess.

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Aiden and Addison Johnson; Sunny Turner and Charli Costigan; Sawyer and Elliott Costigan; Oliver Patel; Thomas and Matthew Hess; Desmond, Elliana, Alizah, Conrad and Calina Slee.

A BROTHER: Terry N. Hess

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Gary was preceded in death by his beloved wife Maureen on October 1, 2015, his parents Fred and Mary Hess, and a brother Michael Hess.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 9:30 AM in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home and at 10:00 AM in St. Francis Catholic Church. Interment in Greenmount Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Quincy Note Dame or Lifesong for Orphan. The Duker and Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



Published by Herald-Whig from Sep. 14 to Sep. 18, 2021.
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DHORY TOURNEAR
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September 24, 2021
DHORY TOURNEAR
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September 24, 2021
DEAR GARY & MAUREEN , WE LOVE BOTH OF YOU. WE HAVE A VERY HIGH RESPECT TO BOTH OF YOU.
DHORY TOURNEAR
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September 24, 2021
DEAR GARY & MAUREEN , WE MISS YOU BOTH SO MUCH.
DHORY TOURNEAR
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September 24, 2021
DHORY TOURNEAR
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September 24, 2021
DHORY TOURNEAR
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September 24, 2021
DEAR GARY , I DID NOT KNOW THAT YOU GO HOME IN HEAVEN SINCE SEPT. 13 , 2021. I JUST SEE & READ YOUR ONLINE OBITUARY TONIGHT SEPT. 24 , 2021. I AM SO VERY SHOCK , CRY OUT LOUD & VERY SAD. WHILE I AM TYPING MY MESSAGE IN YOUR ONLINE OBITUARY , HONESTLY I AM CRYING. I WISH I STILL LIVED & WORK THERE IN QUINCY , SO , I CAN GO TO YOUR VISITATION & I WILL SEE YOU FOR THE LAST TIME . YOU ARE ONE OF A KIND AMAZING & AWESOME GUY. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU & MAUREEN . IT IS MY GREAT HONOR TO MEET YOU & MAUREEN. IT IS MY GREAT HONOR TO KNOW & BECOME FRIENDS TO BOTH OF YOU. IT IS MY GREAT HONOR TO KNOW & BECOME FRIENDS TO YOUR FAMILY TOO. I WILL NEVER FORGET ALL YOUR KINDNESS , THOUGHTFULNESS & FRIENDSHIP WITH ME. I HAVE A VERY HIGH RESPECT TO ALL OF YOU. EVEN I LIVED & WORK HERE IN FLORIDA SINCE YEAR 2016 , YOU ARE ALL IN MY MIND & HEART. GARY & MAUREEN , YOU BOTH NOW IN HEAVEN TOGETHER WITH OUR GOD LORD JESUS CHRIST. I LOVE YOU BOTH. I MISS YOU BOTH TOO. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. LOVE ALWAYS : DHORY TOURNEAR
DHORY TOURNEAR
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September 24, 2021
Jennifer and Rob
September 18, 2021
Sending prayers for your family. Gary was one of the best!!
Sue Heckenkamp Robbearts
September 18, 2021
Mr. Gary Hess was like a father to me when I was a child. Because of him I had a positive role model and a dear, motivational influence, which impacted my life as an athlete who wanted nothing to do with sports in grade school. He provided a path for me to carry on through high school, college and beyond. I didn´t know then why he took the time to invest and shape me and a multitude of others, but looking back now as a grown man I understand. I will miss him dearly, however he will always live on in my heart and memories. Until we meet again in God´s Kingdom; Rest In Peace my dear, dear friend; I love you!
Jody Shoop
September 16, 2021
Mr. Gary Hess was like a father to me when I was a child. Because of him I had a positive role model and a dear, motivational influence, which impacted my life as an athlete who wanted nothing to do with sports in grade school. He provided a path for me to carry on through high school, college and beyond. I didn’t know then why he took the time to invest and shape me and a multitude of others, but looking back now as a grown man I understand. I will miss him dearly, however he will always live on in my heart and memories. Until we meet again in God’s Kingdom; Rest In Peace my dear, dear friend; I love you!
Jody Shoop
Friend
September 16, 2021
Damn. We are so sorry to hear about Gary. What a great guy. Thoughts and prayers.
Mark/Liz Longo
September 14, 2021
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