ATHENS, Ohio — Michael Edward Hess, 77, of Athens passed away late Wednesday night, August 9, 2023, at his home surrounded by family. Born September 17, 1945, in Spencer, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Vernon Edward and Marjorie Irene Watson Hess.
Michael was an honorable veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during Vietnam. After the war, he worked as carpenter for over 40 years. He loved life and family and had a passion for fishing. He was also a loyal member of the St. Phillips Church of in Circleville. He will always be loved and missed.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce Hess nee Short; three children, Michael (Sharon Casapulla) Hess II, Victoria (Eric) Wisecup and Chad Hess; nine grandchildren, Jonathan Hess, Adam Hess, Jonah Hess, Kyle Reynolds, Zach Reynolds, Logan (Samantha Stevens) Hess, Holly (Aaron) Atencio, Abbey Roberts and Mallory Isles; two great-grandchildren, Jack Roberts and Nicholas Isles; brother Roger (Deanna) Hess; and brother-in-law Phillip Knopp.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Knopp.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hughes-Moquin Funeral Home where cremation will take place. A memorial service will be announced on a later date in September. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Maya with Marietta Home Health Care, the OhioHealth Hospice team, and beloved neighbors and close friends Nancy Schell and Sarah McGrew for the tender and loving care during Michael’s final days with us. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 129 W. Mound Street, Circleville, OH 43113. You may sign the online guestbook or leave a message of sympathy at www.hughesmoquinfuneralhome.com.