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James Joseph Hess, 1951-2019

WARREN — James Joseph Hess, 68, was taken home to the Lord Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Hospice House, surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 20, 1951, in Warren, the son of the late Joseph O. Hess and Vera M. Stamm Hess.

On Sept. 7, 1973, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Sharla Wiland, spending 46 loving years together.

He was a 1969 graduate of Champion High School. James was a tireless worker as owner and operator of J. Hess Construction, proudly serving the community for 50 years.

He enjoyed golfing, Muhammad Ali, The Rolling Stones and cherished time with his granddaughter. A dedicated member of the Champion Athletic Club, he passionately coached and mentored local youth for many years.

Loving memories of James will be cherished by his wife, Sharla Wiland Hess of Warren; daughter, Julia (Patrick) Clemente of Howland; son, Joseph Hess of Champion; mother, Vera M. Stamm Hess; two sisters, Peg Hess of Champion and Jane (Mark) Kinkead; and his beloved granddaughter, Gianna Clemente.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph O. Hess.

A celebration of life will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at the Avalon Inn Main Ballroom, with a brief prayer service at 6 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, 533 N. Park Ave., Warren, Ohio 44481.

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