Dale E. Hess
The York Daily Record,
LEWISBURG Dale E. Hess,
79, died Sunday, October 26, 2008, at RiverWoods, Lewisburg, where he
resided the past 2 ½ months. He had been in ill health the past
6 ½ years.
Born November 16, 1928, in York, he was a son of the late Lester R. and
Helen (Ness) Hess. He and his wife, Gretchen M. Wagoner, were married
October 22, 1994.
A graduate of William Penn High School in York, he received a degree in
Business Administration from Grove City College, Grove City, and earned
a Masters Degree in Education from Temple University, Philadelphia.
Dale was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, and was commissioned
as a 2nd Lieutenant while stationed in Germany. He was later commissioned
to the rank of Colonel while serving in the U. S. Air Force Reserve, and
received the U. S. Air Force Meritorious Service Award.
While Dale was attending college, he signed a baseball contract with the
Cincinnati Reds prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge
from active duty, he continued playing baseball with the F.O.P. teams
and with the American Legion league. He was also an avid tennis player
up until the time of his illness.
He formerly held managerial positions with McGrawEdison Corporation in
York and RCA Electronic Components in Lancaster. Dale was a member of
the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Parish in Lewisburg.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Matthew D. Hess of Upper
Marlboro, Md.; two daughters, Anne E. Hess of Hershey and Elizabeth C.
Copenheaver of York; and two grandchildren, Hannah Copenheaver and Maxwell
Copenheaver, both of York.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, in Otterbein
United Methodist Church Cemetery, 50 School Street, York, officiated by
the Rev. Joseph Tuscan, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, York. Full
military honors will be presented by the York County Veterans Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends following the service at the Otterbein
United Methodist Church Social Hall. The family suggests contributions
in Dale's memory be made to SUN Home Health Services Inc./SUN Home Hospice,
61 Duke Street, P. O. Box 232, Northumberland, PA 17857.
The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, S. 2nd
& St. Louis Streets, Lewisburg.