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William Fred Hess


April 15, 2018


William Fred Hess, 84, of Danville PA passed away Saturday,  April 7, 2018 at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village in Lewisburg PA.    He was born October 2, 1933 in Lemoyne PA the son of the late Richard H. and Sara Lutz Hess. 

He was married for 62 years to Ann Coulson Hess.  They were married on August 15, 1955. 

Fred graduated from Lemoyne High School in 1951 and Albright College in 1955. 

He was employed as an Aquatic and Physical Director at the YMCA in York PA and Johnstown PA from 1955 to 1963.  As the Executive Director, he established the Central Brevard YMCA in Cocoa FL in 1963 and remained there until 1973.  He subsequently became the Packing House Manager for Harvey’s Groves in 1973 until he began the same job at Hale’s Groves in 1987, from where he retired in 2002.  Leaving the Quaker state, he became a Florida Cracker for 51 years but returned to his Pennsylvania roots in November 2014. 

Fred was a founding Elder of the First Christian Church in Cocoa FL where he served from 1963 – 1987, when they helped establish the Sebastian Christian Church where he served as Elder from 1987 – 2014.  He was an active Sunday School teacher throughout his adult life.   

His memberships included The Kiwanis Club in Sebastian FL and in Cocoa FL where he was Chairman of the Blood Bank and, himself, a 10 plus gallon donor.  He was also a member of the Brevard Masonic Lodge where he was an advisor to the local high school DeMolay International.  Fred was also a member of the Florida Citrus Growers Association and a member of the Twin Fawn Hunting Club., Trout Run PA.

 Fred thoroughly enjoyed all sports, his favorite being football, where he excelled as an offensive and defensive tackle with several professional offers to play.  He relished in the outdoors, especially with hunting, fishing and camping as his escape and enjoyment.  Diving for lobster in the Florida Keys was a passion he shared with special friends and family who often heard him quote “We’re having Some Fun now!”

His greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family.  Fred taught all his boys to swim, hunt and fish.  Fred also taught his sons’ wives to fish as well as his grandchildren, all of whom he adored.

 In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons; Dr. W. Fred Hess, M.D. and his wife Heather of Danville PA; Jeffrey R. Hess and his wife Kathy of Portland IN; Mike J. Hess and his wife Patricia and Jacob A. Hess and his fiancé Stephanie Clement, all of Sebastian FL. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

He is also survived by one brother; Richard J. Hess and his wife Delores of Mechanicsburg PA and one sister in law, Constance Coulson and his brother-in-law William L. Coulson and his wife Patricia; all of Virginia Beach VA, as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Fred’s Life to be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Danville 12 Brookside Drive (off 642 E) with the Reverend Dawes J. Dunham and the Rev. Dr. Harry H. Wonderland officiating.  Friends will be received from 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM.

 Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. 

The family will provide flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Danville or Sebastian Christian Church 190 Day Drive Sebastian FL  32958. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA.  www.visneski.com

 


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