Ronald Hesse

Ronald E. Hesse, 91, of Waukon died Sunday, October 2, 2022 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Friday, October 7 at Salem United Church of Christ in rural Waukon, with Pastor Sue Klimstra officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled the arrangements.

Ronald Eugene Hesse was born November 1, 1930 on the Winneshiek County farm of his parents, Paul Albert and Clara Anna (Snitker) Hesse. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem United Church of Christ in rural Waukon and attended several rural Ludlow Township schools.

December 20, 1950, he married Shirley Gladys Adney at Salem United Church of Christ. They farmed together in Allamakee and Winneshiek Counties, where they milked cows and raised pigs, chickens and crops. In 2012, Ron and Shirley moved into Waukon.

Ron was a life-long member of Salem United Church of Christ. He enjoyed reading, playing cards, watching westerns and spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters.

Survivors include his children, Nancy (David) Clark of Tijeras, NM and Brad (Joy) Hesse of Alleman; his two granddaughters, Hannah and Haley Hesse; a sister-in-law, LaVonne Hesse of Waukon; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley, who died July 9, 2022; two sons, Regi and Dennis Hesse; two brothers, Orville and Roger Hesse; two sisters, Marian Straate and Ruby Teslow; and his step-mother, Mildred Hesse.

Casketbearers were Randy, Gary and Steve Hesse, Eric Elsbernd, Lyle Henning and Larry Straate. Online condolences may be left at