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Tom Hess

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.

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Mary Beth and family

Roger and Dixie... - 10/05/2019

We are so sorry for your lose. We have so many great memories together. Jesus said “I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, you will be”. John 14:3. Prayers for you and family.


To family members of Tom

Patty Way - 10/07/2019

My deepest sympathy to the family. May wonderful memories give you peace at this time. Prayers for everyone.


So very sorry for your loss.

Kenny and Debbi... - 10/08/2019

So very sorry for your loss.


MaryBeth and family,

Yvonne Hess - 10/08/2019

While we'll miss Tom here on this earth we have assurance that we'll meet again soon. Be comforted in the knowledge that he's at peace in Jesus. We love you all. 1 Corinthians 15:52 - In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.


Friend and Co-Worker

Warren and Debo... - 10/08/2019

Prayer and love to his family.


Rest Roy

Harry Simpson - 10/10/2019

Rest Roy, until you hear at dawn,

the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.


Marybeth, Erika, Tom Jr. & Family

Julie Ford (Lee) - 10/10/2019

I am so very sorry for your greatest loss of Tom Sr. He was a kind man, & I am glad to have met him. I am very Thankful & glad in heart, that he loved my daughter Elizabeth (Lisa) & accepted her into his heart as his daughter inlaw so graciously. He will be missed, but rest assured, God promised us all, that Tom, is just sleeping. We will all be reunited in Gods Kingdom, never to hurt or shed anymore tears, & we shall never bear anymore sickness. He shall cover us in his love forever more Eternally.


RIP Brother love you

Larry - 10/11/2019

RIP Brother love you



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