6 N Main • Caldwell, KS • 620-845-6424
June 18, 1942 ~ October 4, 2019
Roy T. Hess (Tom), 77, passed peacefully October 4, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital - Wichita, KS. He was born June 18, 1942 at St. Francis Hospital - Wichita, KS. He was the son of Webster Neal Hess and Nellie (Peggy) Perilla (McDannald).
Tom graduated Caldwell High School Class of 1960. Following graduation, he attended and graduated Cowley County Community College. In 1963, Tom joined the U.S. Air Force where he was assigned to the 690 1st Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center (SARC) located in Zweibrucken Germany. Tom’s responsibility was monitoring the movement and intentions of TU-95 long range bombers (bears), the Soviet equivalent of U.S. B-52s. He was considered the best “Long Ranger” in the European security region. After serving his country for four years, Tom came back from Germany and married MaryBeth Hess (Lawrence) on July 20, 1968. Tom then served in the Intelligence Unit and retired as a First Sargent in the KS Air National Guard. During the span of his career, Tom also worked Insurance investigation, prior to retiring from Aerospace Sales at Learjet in 2006.
Tom and MaryBeth built a home and raised their family in Clearwater, KS. Tom was an avid runner who also enjoyed designing and creating thousands of woodworking projects throughout his life. Another of Tom’s passions was his precious kitty cats, all of who he dearly loved. And most of all, his LOVE of Corvettes and Blues music.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and surviving in addition to his wife MaryBeth of fifty-one years, are his son Thomas R. Hess (Lisa), his daughter Erika M Willis (Faron), grandson Ethan Willis, granddaughter Emma Willis, brother Larry Hess (Yvonne), and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm. Friday, October 11, 2019 at Schaeffer Mortuary in Caldwell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Tom’s name to the River Church in Clearwater or to Victory in the Valley and sent in care of the mortuary.