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Conrad E. “Connie” Hesse

August 20, 2014

St. Marys—Conrad E. “Connie” Hesse, 85, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the St. Marys Community Hospital.
He was born February 10, 1929 at St. Marys the son of Conrad Francis and Edith Grace Brunin Hesse. Conrad graduated from St. Marys High School and served in the Army.
Mr. Hesse had worked as an automaker in Kansas City; he also had worked for the alfalfa plant and had worked for the city of St. Marys for many years. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  Connie was a Life Member of Knights of Columbus # 657 with 67 years of service he was also a member of Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Legion in Rossville.
On November 8, 1981 he was united in marriage to Catherine Evelyn Dunn Simpkins in Topeka. She preceded him in death on March 21, 2008. Conrad was also preceded in death by his parents and twin brothers Bernard and Francis Hesse.
Survivors include a step-son, Thomas Simpkins, Ft. Worth, TX; a step-daughter, Eileen Wagner, Springfield, MO; two sisters, Inez Norwood, Grand Junction, CO; and Stella Tyler, St. Marys; four step-grandchildren, Tara Wagner, Derick, Jeremy and Catherine Simpkins along with nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.
Mr. Hesse will lie in state after 2:00 P.M. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Piper Funeral Home where there will be a Prayer Service/Rosary recited at 7:00 P.M.
Interment with Military Honors will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to the St. Marys Manor Bus Fund and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St. St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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7 thoughts on “Conrad E. “Connie” Hesse

  1. Dear Stella, I’m so sorry lost your brother, Connie! He was an honest kindhearted gentlemen! Take care! God bless you & yours, my friend!
    With sympathy, Ruth

  2. My heartfelt sympathy for the family and close friends. May you find comfort in your special memories. True, remembering those times may be painful at first, but in time those memories will help you heal. So while grief at the loss of your dear Mr. Hesse is certainly great, the joy you will have at welcoming him back in the resurrection will be so much greater! (John 5:28,29; Mark 5:42)

  3. Connie was a favorite of us kids on Willow street. He always had a smile for us when he was out in his garden. To me even as i got older he was like a grandfather figure. I know I will miss seeing his smiling face.

  4. Our dearest Conrad was a very good soul. My Dad “Irish” Harold, had so much fun with him. He was always so sweet and willing to help anyone with anything. I will never forget when we all went mushroom hunting at the “dump” and he fell down. But he always got back up.

    Much love to the Hesse family!

  5. Stella, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Connie was a great neighbor when we lived on willow. He was always ready and willing to help any of us at any time. He will be missed greatly. Hugs and prayers to each of you… Thanks Connie for all the memories…

  6. “Connie” was a wonderful Person and a Gentle Soul. He would help any one do any thing and share what ever He had. He made the World a better place. and We are all Better People because We knew Him.Am sure that Uncle Mike & Nick Fuhr are playing pitch with Him now.
    Keeping You All in Our Prayers.

  7. Stella, you have my sympathies. I remember “Connie” very well. Always a happy go lucky guy. My best wishes and prayers.
    Bob Hoferer, Jr.

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