Hilary Pete Hessig, 81, Dale

Hilary Pete Hessig, 81, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at his home in Dale, after a courageous fight with cancer.

He was born in Evanston on September 11, 1938, to the late Herman P. Hessig and Marie D. (Ficker) Hessig-Hopf. Also preceding him in death were his brothers, Bernard and Arthur Hessig; and a sister, Theresa McEllhiney.

Hilary was a 1956 graduate of Troy High School and was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve. In 2002, he retired from Kimball International after 41 years. 

He had a deep passion for fishing and for those that knew him well, would often see him heading to Dale Lake almost daily. At some point, he started keeping track of his fishing accomplishments and after he retired from fishing, he had recorded over 134, 150 fish caught, many of which he would donate to the local food pantry or prepare for family and beloved members of his community with his famous fish frys.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish-St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dale. He loved the Lord deeply and was a devout Catholic.

Surviving are his children, Kim Bowman (Nickey), Tammy Roach (Sonny), Kelley Hessig and Ward Hessig; grandchildren, Norman Lenerville and Christopher Hessig; a brother, Hilbert Hessig (Evelyn); and a sister, Rose Mullis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. CT Saturday, June 6, 2020, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish-St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dale. Rev. Crispine Adongo will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John’s Chrysostom Church Cemetery in New Boston.

Visitation will be Friday at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. CT, with a rosary at 7 p.m. CT, and Saturday from 9 am. CT until Mass at the church.

Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hilary’s church, St. Francis of Assisi Parish/St. Joseph Catholic Church.

There are special people in our lives who will never leave our hearts, even after they are gone. Hilary Hessig is one of those people. He will be forever loved and missed.

Condolences may be left at www.huberfuneralhome.net.


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