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Joseph R. Hester II

March 9, 1985 - September 24, 2020

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Joseph R. Hester II, 35 passed away, unexpectedly on Thursday, September 24, 2020 in Miami Valley Hospital as results of a motorcycle accident.

Joe was born March 9, 1985 in Dayton, Ohio and was a graduate of Twin Valley South High School, West Alexandria. Joe served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corp and the United States Army. He started his career as a firefighter in 2012. Joe worked part time at the Madison Township Fire Department in Butler County, Franklin Township Fire Department in Warren County and in 2016 he was hired to The Urbana Fire Division. He was a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Joe loved hockey, with his favorite teams being the Bruins and the Bluejackets. He also played hockey on several teams including the Beer League "Mighty Drunks" where he was the Captain as well as the Dayton Bombers.

Joe is survived by his parents, Michael and Gina (Abner) Hester; wife, Jessica Hester; his daughter, Adalynne Sue Hester; his sons, Joseph R. Hester III and Jensen Cole Hester; step-son, Ryan Miles; sisters, Brooke Hester, Rebekah Hester and Lexi Hester and brothers, Tyler Hester and Dakota (Kate) Hester as well as his brothers and sisters at The Urbana Fire Division.

Due to the restrictions of the Covid-19, we will be following the guidelines set by Governor DeWine's office. The use of face masks is required.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio with Father Tim West, Chaplin officiating. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service.

Burial will follow at Dayton National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.

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Tammy Marshall - Oct 1, 2020
May Jesus give you all strength and peace that only he can give.
Thomas K. Ballentine (SgtMaj Ret. USMCR) - Sep 29, 2020
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of my (our) brothers. No words can express the pain that is felt by everyone but those of us who are believers in Christ no that we WILL see him again. You are missed brother. God Bless and Rest in Peace.
Thomas K. Ballentine (SgtMaj Ret. USMCR) - Sep 29, 2020
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of my (our) brothers. No words can express the pain that is felt by everyone but those of us who are believers in Christ no that we WILL see him again. You are missed brother. God Bless and Rest in Peace.
Thomas K. Ballentine (SgtMaj Ret. USMCR) - Sep 29, 2020
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of my (our) brothers. No words can express the pain that is felt by everyone but those of us who are believers in Christ no that we WILL see him again. You are missed brother. God Bless and Rest in Peace.
Scott Rickord - Sep 28, 2020
The Springfield Express Hockey team would like to send our deepest condolences. We loved playing with and against Joe. He will be missed by all. We have sent a donation to Wounded Warriors in his honor.
Ernestine Hartsock and family - Sep 28, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of your beautiful son’s passing. We are thinking of you during this impossibly difficult time for you and can only send prayers to help comfort you and your family. Stay strong. Jennifer Good
Janet Puckett - Sep 28, 2020
Mike and Gina And family I am praying for rest when your tired and peace when you need it. My heart breaks for you all. Prayers and Love your sister in Christ.
Anna Garvey - Sep 26, 2020
Joe, Thank u so much for serving our country and serving Urbana....Very much appreciated....Wish u and Chelsey was still here...Both of u will be missed and loved everyday....God Bless Joe....
Swede and Kathy Ware - Sep 26, 2020
RIP Battle Brother !
SgtMaj Eric Anderson USMCR (retired) - Sep 26, 2020
I was saddened to hear of the tragic accident that took Joe from this earth decades too soon. I remember him from many years ago where we served together. He was a fine young man that anyone who met him wouldn't soon forget.I and my family, along with his Marine brothers and sisters of faith from MP Co C will be praying for your family for strength during this very difficult time. So very sorry for your loss. "...If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven's scenes they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines." Semper Fi brother.
Mary Lou Ackerman - Sep 25, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God wrap His arms around you and comfort you.
Dr. Wade Smith - Sep 25, 2020
I’m very sorry for your loss. May God bless your family during this trying time.
Jen - Sep 25, 2020
I had the honor, and privilege of serving with Joe for a few years. Awesome medic, and firefighter!! He will be missed by many. RIP brother.

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