Forrest Alvin Hess, Jr., 72, of Chillicothe, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City, MO.
Forrest was born in rural Linn County near Trenton MO on April 3, 1945, the son of Forrest Alvin Hess, Sr. and Wilma Claire Pryor Hess. He was a 1964 graduate of Laredo High School.
He was a military veteran serving in the United States Navy from June 1966 through April 1969 and attained the rank of RM2. Forrest earned the National Defense Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Vietnam Service with Five Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Forrest worked in bridge construction, mostly in the Van Alstyne, TX area and after retiring he moved to Braymer, MO and later to Chillicothe.
On December 9, 1989, Forrest married Sharon Marie Huffstutter in Ft. Worth TX. She survives of the home.
Forrest was a member of the Church of Christ in Trenton, TX and a member of the American Legion in Braymer, MO.
He liked fishing and really enjoyed raising honey bees (he used to hold seminars on bee keeping. When Forrest was hospitalized at KU Med Center for Leukemia, he couldn’t go outside so he started walking and completed 100 miles. The next time, he walked 100 more!
Forrest in survived by his wife, listed above; brother, Clarence Hess of Grand Junction, CO; two sisters, Martha Funk (Ronald) of Kirksville, MO, and Sharon Marie Wheeler of Jefferson City, MO; uncle, George Hess (Shirley) of Chillicothe; aunt, Lois Gillespie of Chillicothe; numerous cousins; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Forrest may be made to the Haseville
United Methodist Church Cemetery and left at or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe, MO 64601. On line condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com
A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017 followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe.
Burial will follow at Haseville United Methodist Church Cemetery, Haseville MO.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe MO.