Joseph J. Hesse Jr., 70, of Newton died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton.
The family will greet friends from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at the UAW Union Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joe’s name may be left at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory or at the Union Hall the day of the service.
Joe, the son of Joseph and Jewel (Sullins) Hesse, Sr., was born on July 3, 1943, in Clarendon, Ark. He grew up in Arkansas and moved to Iowa as a teen. Joe served his country in the National Guard for two terms. He was united in marriage with Signa Handeland on April 8, 1964, in Newton. He worked as a machinist at the Maytag Company for 32 years. Joe was a member of the UAW Local 997. He enjoyed dogs, collecting model cars, and Friday night family get togethers.
Joe is survived by his wife, Signa Hesse of Newton; children, Lynnette (Eric) De Penning of Newton, Terry (Melissa) Hesse of Emmetsburg, and Scott (Tina) Hesse of Newton; his grandchildren, Ashley (Kyle), Zachary, Katherine, Jonathan, Nicholas, Edwin, and Shawn; brother, David (Linda) Hesse of Seymour; and his sister, Betty (Larry) Reavis of Newton. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albury, Virgil and Pete; and a sister, Mary.