May 24, 2013
Harold E. Hesse, 89, died at 10:50 a.m. May 23, 2013, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert, with his son and daughter by his side.
He was born Nov. 21, 1923, in Mendon to Ralph Ernest and Ethel Mae Shank Hesse, who preceded him in death. He had been married to Verna M. Rasberry, who survives in St. Marys. On April 23, 1977, he married Vivian Kay Grear, who died June 24, 2008.
Mr. Hesse was an Army veteran of World War II, serving for five years, with three of those in the Asiatic/Pacific Theater. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772 and American Legion Post 191, both in Spencerville. He had worked at Huffy Corp., Celina, and retired Feb. 1, 1984, as a parts man from AGCO New Idea Corp., Coldwater, after 19 years.
Survivors include four children, Cheri Lynn Hesse, of Mendon, David H. (Lois) Hesse, of Riverside, Calif., Karen Sue (Jeff) Getman, of Hamilton, Mont., and J. Allen (Sandy) Hesse, of Mendon; five grandchildren, Jenny Hesse, of California, Amanda, Brittany and Stephany Hesse, all of Mendon, and Christine Dixon, of California; and a great-granddaughter, Chloe Dixon.
He was preceded in death by a 6-year-old son, Steven Glenn Hesse, who died Aug. 30, 1968.
Services will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville. The Rev. John G. Medaugh will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Spencerville Cemetery, with military rites by the Spencerville Veterans.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. until time of services Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 6772, American Legion Post 191 or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.