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Robert L. Hess, 89,of Danville, was welcomed into the arms of his Lord on Sunday, September 18, 2022



DANVILLE, PA ~ Robert L. Hess, 89, of Danville, was welcomed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, September 18, 2022. He was born in Frosty Valley Danville PA on December 9, 1932, to the late William, Sr., and Cloma Hower Hess.

As a student, he attended Sheep’s School near Danville PA and then worked in logging with his brother, Bill.

On November 11, 1950, Bob married the “love of his life”, Eleanor Mae Shaffer of Riverside PA at St. Peter’s Methodist Church in Riverside PA. Together, the inseparable couple enjoyed over 71 years of a loving marriage-a role model to all!

Bob was a farmer at heart who raised crops, pigs, and beef cattle. He was employed at TRW in Danville PA for 17 years where he was a member of the bowling league. He then started his own business in 1973, Robert L. Hess Trucking in Danville PA, now known as Clark & Hess Trucking and Excavating.

After he retired, he and Eleanor enjoyed traveling throughout the United States including Hawaii. Other favorite destinations were fishing trips to the 1000 Islands, Canada and to Wyoming where the couple hunted antelope and mule deer. Each winter they “snow-birded” to Florida in their RV visiting family and friends for several months. He also enjoyed the local “coffee clubs” at McDonalds, Burger King and, in recent years, around his kitchen table with family.

He was a member of Rush Baptist Church, so along with his relationship with Christ, spending time with his family was most important to him. “Hon”, “Dad”, “Pap”, “Pap-Pap”, “Uncle Bob” was deeply loved and admired. Family vacations in Canada, deer hunting with his sons, son-in-law, grandsons and great-grandsons on the farm, corn roasts, playing Dominoes and card games, and the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at “Pap” and “Grams” were favorite celebrations. Their home was always open to family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

In addition to his beloved wife, Eleanor, are three sons and one daughter: Robert C. (Mary Carol) Hess, Randall Hess, Angela (Caleb) Clark and Richard (Shirley) Hess. Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Jamin (NeCole) Hess, Ann Johnson, Kerry Boyles, Rhonda (Larry) Geary, Jennifer (Joel) Spangler, Rebecca (Matthew) Querry, Patrick (Diane) Hess, Joshua Hess, and Pami Clark; eighteen great-grandchildren and two great-great granddaughters. He is also survived by his nephew, Harry (Julie) Henry and niece Christine (Robert) Stoltzfus whom he helped to raise; three sisters; Marion Brando, Ida Hess and Dorothy Hess and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald A. Hess, a grandson, Jeremy Clark, and his siblings: Ruth Ward, William Hess, Jr., and Evelyn Ryan.

The family extends a special thank you to the Emmanuel Center for the compassionate care of the nursing staff and Dr. Cover.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing to be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM at Rush Baptist Church 410 Rushtown Road Danville PA followed by a Celebration of Life service at 12:00 Noon led by Pastor Hugh Coulborn. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or American Heart Association PO Box 417005 Boston MA 02241-7005.

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.

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