Samuel J. Hess90, WWII veteran, Lititz native

By on February 8, 2012

Samuel J. "Joe" Hess, 90, of Colonial Lodge, Denver, formerly of Lincoln (Ephrata), passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 at Essa Flory Hospice Center, Lancaster.

Born in Lititz on Feb. 10, 1921, he was the son of the late S. Walter and Minnie (Horst) Hess and was the husband of the late Helen I. (Deitrich) Hess who passed away March 19, 2011. They were married 69 years.

A member of Zion’s United Church of Christ, Joe lived most of his life in the Lincoln area of Ephrata. He was a carpenter by trade, first working for his father building houses. He ended his career retiring from High Industries, Denver.

He served in the Engineer Combat Battalion of the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 through 1945.

Joe is survived by his daughter: Linda, wife of Rev. Barry Zimmerman, of Brownstown; four grandchildren: Randy Maurer, Ronald Maurer, Kristie Lawrence and Todd Zimmerman; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Besides his wife and parents, Joe was preceded in death by a daughter: Geraldine Maurer; and son-in-law: Clyde Maurer.

He was also preceded in death by his siblings: Eva Hess, Roy Hess, Frank Hess, Harold Hess, Vera Hess, Mary Davidson and Clyde Hess. He was the last of seven siblings.

The funeral service was held on Feb. 6 at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut Street, Denver, with Rev. John C. Miller officiating. Burial took place in the Lincoln Cemetery with military honors being accorded by the Red Rose Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to Zion’s United Church of Christ, 1356 Apple St., Ephrata, PA or to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Arrangements were made by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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