Jim Allen Hess, 67, passed away at his home in El Dorado Springs, on Feb. 5, 2014. Jim was born in Cocovan, W. V., to Louie and Pauline (Sullivan) Hess.
Jim was a proud veteran, a United States Marine, who served his country during the Vietnam War. Jim received a National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Service medal, Vietnam Campaign medal and a Good Conduct medal before transferring to the Marine Corps Reserve in Santa Ana, CA. Upon his honorable discharge, Jim remained in California and operated a towing company in and around the Versailles/Three Rivers area. Jim loved driving his tow trucks up and down the mountains there, and helping stranded motorists. Jim also worked as a cook in a local roadside café. He was famous in that area for his culinary abilities.
Jim relocated to Stockton and then to El Dorado Springs where he resided for the past six years. He lived alone, with his beloved dog “Sissy,” whom he spoiled with fried chicken and steak dinners. He made friends easily and was always eager to help people. Jim had a great heart and would willingly do without to help someone in need.
He is survived by a large family in California and many, many friends here in Missouri who loved him like family. His passing has left a void in many lives, but his memory will never be forgotten.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. His favorite song, “Rebel Rouser” was played, along with “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” The local VFW chapter provided military rites. All his Missouri friends were in attendance, celebrating his life and honoring his memory by relating stories of their times with Jim. His sister, Diane Travis, and family, in Versailles, CA, listened in via telephone. His body was cremated and his ashes will be sent to California, to be spread upon the mountains he loved so much.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left at: www.blandhackleman.com.