January 10, 1926 - July 3, 2016
Joan Hess, 90, of Cable, Ohio, passed away July 3, 2016 in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.
Joan was born January 10, 1926 in Urbana, Ohio and attended Salem High School.
She attended Mt. Carmel Friends Church, where she was a past secretary treasurer of the builders class and a Sunday school teacher. 1991, she became the Clerk of the Mt. Carmel Jt. Cemetery.
She retired after 35 years, as a manufacturing inspector for Detroit Aluminum and Brass in Bellefontaine, where she served on the retirement board and the credit union board.
Joan and her husband Charles spent the majority of their life raising and participating in show sheep. Their knowledge, experience, and participation won them many awards. They were well respected and known in the sheep industry.
1955-1999, helped at the Junior Fair at the Ohio State Fair, 1955-1958 served on the Farm Bureau Federation Board, 1962-1964 served on the Twp ASC committee, 1960 helped organize and was a director and treasure of the Champaign Sheep Asso., 1965-1993 Judge at the Ohio State Fair sheep shows, 1980 Inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame, 1974, secretary treasurer of the Eastern Columbia Asso., 1977, secretary treasurer of the Ohio Rambouillet Asso., 1982 Outstanding Eastern Columbia Sheep Award, 1984 awarded lifetime membership in the Ohio Sheep Improvement Asso., 1985, Director of the Great Lakes Sheep Asso.,1987, won the Ohio Master Shepherds Award, 1988-1996 served on the Mr. Carmel Joint Cemetery Board, 1993, Board for the Sheep for North American International Show in Louisville, 1996 Dedication to Fiber Industry Award, 1997, helped to organize the Junior Sheep Extravagant show in Columbus, 1998, helped manage the Buckeye Breed Ewe Sale, 1999 Honorary members Logan County Sheep Asso., Award Ohio Sheep Improvement Environmental Stewardship award, given special lifetime parking spots just outside the sheep barn at the Ohio State Fair, for over 30 years, served on the board of the Ohio Sheep Exhibitors, was past president, past vice president and director of the Merino Sheep asso., showed sheep throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, the United States and Canada.
She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren, and also loved her dog, Barney. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Joan is survived by her daughter, Connie Woodruff; sons, Ron (Suzanne) Hess and Gary “George” Hess; grandchildren, Michael (Theresa) Hess, Rochelle (Tim) Bell, Melissa Avery, Chuck (Emily) Carey, Karen (Chad) Snyder, Stacy (Ray) Seymour, Jeff (Barbara) Woodruff and Matt Woodruff; great-grandchildren, Andy, Candice, Dylan, Derek, Amber, Isabella, Josie, Austin, Jayson, Megan, Devin, Cody, Gregery, Nathan, Earron, Ami, Averie, Ashlyn, Scotty, Zach, Eli, Grace and Zane as well as several great-great grandchildren; sister, Jayne (David ) Kauffman ; sister in laws, Margit (Jim) Coon and Linda Connolly; brother-in-law, Frank (LaDonna) Hess in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.
Joan is preceded in death by her parents, Merrill Connolly and Faye (Kieffer) Connolly, her husband of over 60 years, Charles Hess who preceded her in death May 23, 2000 and her siblings, Janet Wallace, Joyce Bailey, Jerry, Jim and Jack Connolly.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM Friday, July 8, 2016 in VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Mt. Carmel Friends Church, Urbana, with Rev. Tom Amlin officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com
We were sorry to hear about Joan’s death. She was a good neighbor and intelligent person, and we also enjoyed our conversations with her, and sitting with her at the democratic dinners!
Take care, Judy and Phil
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Joan was the glue that held a lot together in your family. Always loved being around her. She was a hard working woman who you knew where you stood with her! Beautiful picture of her! Always loved her smile. Love in Christ, Joanne McCubbin Lepard. :). Proverbs 17:17
Connie & family, So glad you did the birthday party, that is how I want to remember Joan. Best wishes for you and the family. She had a good life and we always enjoyed her & Charlie’s company and advice. God speed.
When I think of Joan Hess, I think of young memories of Connie and I being driven around by her. She was a wonderful mother. I will always cherish the compassion she always had for her children. She always welcomed me in her home and tried to keep Connie and I from getting into too much trouble. She truly was a fine lady and will be remembered always.
With much love, Wanda