James “Jim” Lawrence Hess, June 26, 1944~September 17, 2017

HessJames “Jim” Lawrence Hess, 73, of Fayetteville passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Fayetteville.  He was born June 26, 1944 in Springville, N.Y. to John and Loretta Kruse Hess.

Lt. Col. Hess, a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, retired from the Air Force after 24 years of honorable service.  He was a proud member of the “Evil 8” Squadron.  After earning a M.S. Ed. he became a math teacher at Elkins High School. He spent the next 14 years instilling in his students “Col. Hess’ Rules for Success”.

Jim was a lifetime member of MOAA.  He was a proud U of A alumnus and an avid Razorbacks fan.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Christine Matelich Hess of the home; 2 daughters, Toni Hess and husband, Jeff English of Lake Charles, LA. and Cindy Timmerman and husband, Rudy of Prairie Grove; 4 brothers, Robert Hess of Clearlake, CA., Ron Hess and wife, Linda of East Aurora, N.Y., Larry Hess and wife, Peggy of West Valley, N.Y. and Jerry Hess and wife, Denise of Canton, N.Y.; 2 sisters, Jan Woodworth and husband, Woody of Detroit, MI. and Kathy Hess of Springville, N.Y.; and 5 grandchildren, Audrey, James, Ellie, Lane and Brynn.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. Thursday, September 21, 2017 with a rosary following at 7 P.M. at Beard’s Chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown with Father John Connell officiating.  Interment with full military honors will follow at 1:00 P.M. at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.

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    Jeff Eddleman » 19. Sep, 2017

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Hess. He was a fellow teacher, and always had my up-most respect. Condolences to the family.

    Krystle Disney » 19. Sep, 2017

    I wanted to send my condolences. Mr. Hess was my math teacher from 1993-1997, and he was always a patient and gentle person. I hope he knew that he was appreciated by his students.

    CHARLES BELT (Dr. Rick) » 20. Sep, 2017

    I am privileged to have known Colonel/Mr. Jim Hess. He is a standup man, who always tried to do the right thing. Rest in peace.

    Gary and Joyce Barrow » 21. Sep, 2017

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. He will be missed by all, he was such a great son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and teacher. I loved to listen to him tell his stories of he experiences while in the service and then his stories of being a teacher. I wish we could have been there to comfort you all. Thoughts and prayers from New York. ♥

    Wendy Starks » 21. Sep, 2017

    I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Hess was a wonderful person and was very appreciated in our school district. We will keep your family in our prayers.

    Lanny and Gretchen Gerwitz » 21. Sep, 2017

    Chris and family :
    The distance between us made it tough to see Jim and the rest of his family but we did enjoy his yearly Christmas letter and know he will be missed by all. I have many fond memories from the Hess family and playing with all my first cousins on their farm.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

    David Blankenship » 22. Sep, 2017

    After both of us as fellow veterans retired later in life from math teaching at nearby school communities, I did not get to visit Jim nearly as much as we did at mutually required workshops during mostly the summer months. I noted early on sometime in the late 1990′s when we first met Jim’s dedication to students, community, country, and quality teaching of high school math, but also his characteristic true southern gentleman nature. I share his family’s loss, offer sincerest condolences to family and friends, and believe that it is memories of people we admire like Jim that make us all more whole.

    Steve and Lillian Cross » 22. Sep, 2017

    We have many fond memories of Jim and Chris Hess. Jim and I were classmates at the US Air Force Academy from 1962to66. We were room-mates for one semester. And through the years we stayed in contact. We enjoyed our last visit in May when they came to our place for three days.
    We have always treasured their company.

    Jim was a rock solid citizen–good Father,husband, teacher and friend.

    Our prayers are with Jim and Chris

    Shirley Nunes-Thornton » 22. Sep, 2017

    My deepest sympathies to The Hess family.I wish that I had known Lt Col. Hess, My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this . time. Shirley(a friend of Rudi and Lorraine)

    Eddy Shirley » 30. Sep, 2017

    Jim was a Classmate of mine at the Air Force Academy. He was a great guy, a valued friend, superb Air Force officer. His death is a great loss to many of us. May God Bless his family during this time of sorrow.