Ray E. Hess

August 05, 1938 ‒ November 18, 2019

Fredericktown, Ohio

Ray E. Hess, 81, of Fredericktown passed away on Monday morning, November 18, 2019 at his home following a courageous battle with declining health. He was born in Bangs on August 5, 1938 to the late Cleo B. and Mabel E. (Lauderbaugh) Hess.

Ray was a 1956 graduate of Centerburg High School.  He honorably served his country in the Navy.  Ray worked for Empire Reeves Steel Mill in Mansfield, then he worked for Cooper Bessemer in Mount Vernon and he retired from THK in Hebron, where he was the Purchasing Agent.  Ray was known as Mr. Fix It.  He enjoyed working on tractors and old cars, but most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Ray is survived by his wife, Betty (Bandy) Hess, whom he married on June 8, 1958; children, Penny (Keith) Beitzel of Fredericktown and Ray E. (Kelly) Hess II of Minster; grandchildren, Nikki Pope, Bryce Pope, Tyler Hess and Brady Hess; great grandchildren, Trinity Brown and Ethan Pope; brothers, Dale Hess of Leesburg, FL and Jim Hess of Naples, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Knerr.

In following with Ray’s wish, there will not be any services.

To share a memory or send an expression of sympathy to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Ray E. Hess.


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  • I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Ray. I have so many wonderful memories that shall never be forgotten! My love, prayers and sympathy goes out to you.

    • Thank you Dave for the beautiful flowers and the prayers, they are greatly appreciated. Dad will be greatly missed.

  • Aunt Betty, Penny and Ray
    I am so sorry for your loss, the world has lost another great Hess. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. You are all in our hearts!!!

    • Diane, thank you we are taking one day at a time and as we know time will ease the grief. I hope all is well with you and your family.

  • Aunt Betty, Penny, & Ray,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. We are sending prayers for peace & comfort, and warm thoughts your way at this time. The happy memories will always live on for all of us.
    Much Love,

    • Kelly, thank you we appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. And your right about happy memories, they are held close in our hearts.

  • Sending love, hugs and sympathy to all. Uncle Ray had a contagious laugh and smile that will always be remembered. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Betty, Penny and Ray, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Ray. We are saddened by the news and send our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace, healing and comfort and remember the good times and memories.

  • Aunt Betty, Penny & Ray
    My sympathy on your loss. I hope while dealing with the sadness you are able to also celebrate his life and cherish the memories. My family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Thank you Steve and you’re correct the memories will get us through this and we hear Dad’s laughter when we try to get to serious.

  • To the entire Hess Family my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. Mr. Hess was responsible for my transfer to the sales department of Empire- Reeves and as a young man just starting out I was very appreciative of him placing his trust in me that I would do a good job in that area. I always enjoyed working for Mr. Hess and he had nothing but respect for all the employees under his guidance and direction. May God give you peace and comfort in his many memories.

    • Thank you so much for the wonderful memory you have of dad, as a family it is appreciated. It is so nice to know that dad touched other people’s life just like he did with his own family. Thank you again

  • Betty , Penny & Ray, we are so sorry to hear about Ray. Our prayers for you and your families are with you.
    Norm and Susie

  • Sending my deepest sympathies in your loss. I remember the day I stopped and we talked about family fun. Love going to Uncle Guy’s farm and riding the horse. Christmas time at Cleo & Mable’s house. Family fun at Ike & Edith’s house.
    Prayers for comfort for all if you.
    Joy (Lauderbaugh) Parr