VANDALIA-Memorial services for Gerald Price Hesse, 83, of Vandalia, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 at Vandalia Presbyterian Church with Reverend Bob Hoehn and Reverend Joel Montgomery officiating. Private family interment services will be held at a later date.
Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Bienhoff Funeral Home.
Mr. Hesse passed away at 10:22 a.m. December 12, 2014 at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia.
He was born January 11, 1931 in Lexington, the son of Walter Emmett and Abbie Elizabeth Lotton Hesse.
He was married to Mary F. Siegel on June 5, 1954 in Sedalia, and she survives.
Other survivors include two sons and their spouses, Kerry and Connie Hesse, of Farber, and Chris and Vicky Hesse, of Curryville; three grandchildren, Abbie Elizabeth (David) Rothermich, of Kansas City, and Ryan Hesse and Kelli Hesse, both of Gretna, Nebraska; two step-grandchildren, Shane and Crystal Bontz, of Vandalia; three step great-grandchildren, Draven, Lydia, and Jocey Bontz, of Vandalia; one aunt, Delpha Wiser Phillips, of Vandalia; one cousin, Ted Hesse, of Vandalia; and one sister-in-law and her husband, Jim and Dorothy Spencer, of Ozark.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Kevin Price Hesse; and three brothers-in-law, Dr. Pete Siegel, Dr. Carl Siegel, and Col. Eugene Siegel.
Mr. Hesse has been a lifetime area resident and member of the Vandalia Presbyterian Church. He was a farmer and livestock specialist. He was a 1948 graduate of Lexington High School and received his degree in agriculture in 1951 from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. He served in the US Army form March 11, 1952 to February 27, 1954 and attained the rank of Sgt. He worked for Allied Mills, Inc. for many years. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vandalia Fire Department or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at www.bienhofffuneralhome.com.