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In Memory

Steve Hess

Steven Hess, 62

Feb. 18, 1946 – Jan. 15, 2009

Steven E. Hess, 62, Martinsville, died Jan 15, 2009, at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital Center in Indianapolis.

Born Feb. 18, 1946, in Martinsville, he was the son of the late Paul W. and Sadie M. (Clark) Hess.

He married Brenda (Aldrich) Hess on Dec. 10, 1965 in Martinsville.  He then married Frances J. (Schwed) Hess on March 24, 1990.  She preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2001.

He worked for the Indianapolis Business Management from 1965 to 1980, where he marketed warehouse reserve stock.  He also worked as a substitute teacher and worked at Redwood United, Inc. in California, where he worked with disabled people. He retired in 2004.

He was a 1964 graduate of Martinsville High School.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Martinsville.

He served as a private in the U. S. Army from 1964 to 1965.  He later served in the U.S. Navy as a Legal Second Class Petty Officer from 1975 to 1978.

He was a volunteer chaplain for nursing homes and hospitals.  He enjoyed tutoring the children at WellSpring.

He enjoyed helping people, and loved his family and his pit bull, “Blue.”

Other survivors include two daughters, Laura Ann Davidson of Monrovia and Melissa Jane Harris of Martinsville; two stepsons, James Biles of Srydel, La., and Michael Biles of California; a brother, Larry Dale Hess of Martinsville; a sister, Betty Jo Hancock of Sun City, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Alex and Johnny Davidson and Reid Harris, and five step-grandchildren, Joseph, James, Joshua and Amber Davidson and Alantis Biles.

He was preceded in death by a twin brother, and a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Mitchell.

The celebration of life service will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Neal and Summers Funeral and Cremation Center in Martinsville.  The Rev. Alan Cloar and the Rev. Steve Johnson will officiate.

Visiting hours will 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral center.

There will be no burial.  The body will be cremated.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL, 60674.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.nealandsummers.com.