Jack Ronald Hess, Jr.
Our Jack was a many faceted, wonderful, patient, all-around nice guy. His gifting of service to many will be missed. The good Lord decided Wed, May 20, 2020 would be the day he would leave this world and have a new address above.
Jack began his life’s journey on July 20, 1957 when he was born in Racine Wisconsin to Jack Sr, and Katherine Hess. After graduating from Horlick High School, Jack joined the Army. He served his country working as a “Decoder,” where he was driven around Europe, concealed in a truck, intercepting and decoding messages that might benefit our country. After being honorably discharged from the army to care for his dad, Jack attended Gateway Technical College.
The Hess family was fond of the name Jack and that name was carried on through Jack’s beloved son. Jack III, his wife, Jessica, and their darling children, Jack IV (5yrs old), and Juliette (3yrs old) were the light of his life. What joy Jack got from being in their company. Other family members of Jacks’ are the following: his brother Steven Hess (Terese), his sisters, Patti Tilley and Terri Fox, and nieces and nephews.
In 2001, Jack met his fiancée,’ Elizabeth Tautges, who he would spend the rest of his life with. They lived in Waupaca, Wisconsin, and over the years Jack became a most faithful companion, sweetheart, and caregiver to Elizabeth. He was always there for her and remained a constant source of support and love. Jack became a valued and loved member of Elizabeth’s family. They all loved his quick wit and humorous stories…and that laugh!
Jack was world-renowned, (or maybe just locally-renowned!), for his outstanding baking and cooking. Many are the people who congregated at his table, savoring the best German Chocolate Cake or Po’ Boy sandwiches or lasagna, or you name it, that they had ever eaten.
Everyone knew not to disturb him while he was watching car races and cheering on the Packers. He liked building model cars when he had a moment free. A man with varied interests and talents, he had a huge Santa Clause collection, which he was very proud of. And, he was an accomplished carpenter, working on all sorts of projects. He could also be found in the backyard planting and harvesting his small crop of vegetables.
Being a help to others was Jack’s gifting and he utilized that gifting generously. He was always taking note of someone in need. And with that big heart, kids and animals were drawn to him too.
We will honor Jack and say farewell to him in a military ceremony at a later date to be determined. Due to the Coronavirus circumstances, the memorial service cannot be held at this time.
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