Benjamin Joe Hess, 76, of Danville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at Grandview Health Homes Inc., Danville.
He was born Dec. 19, 1940, in Bloomsburg, a son of the late Joe and Betty (Zimmerman) Hess. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Barbara Mae Riley Hess for 51 years. They were married Nov. 20, 1965.
In his earlier years, he was a farmer and also worked as a well driller for Russell Hornberger Well Drilling in Washingtonville for 20 years.
With the help of family and friends he built Thunder Mountain Mobile Home Park, Hess Hill Road, Danville, throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Then alongside his wife, he owned and operated Thunder Mountain Mobile Home Park for 42 years. Through his achievements of building and operating the Park, he directly touched hundreds if not thousands of lives.
He continues to touch lives even after he has passed; his porches, decks, roads and roofs continue to keep us above the mud and out of the rain. In testament to one of Ben's favorite lines "you can't give up on these things" his Mobile Home Park continues today in family hands.
He was a faithful member of Hendrickson United Methodist Church, Danville.
Ben had many enjoyments in his life which included walking his dogs, mowing grass, fishing, hunting and camping. He loved taking car rides and dining out with his wife. He thoroughly enjoyed running his mobile home park and was well known as "Mr. Fixit" as he could fix anything. He loved nature and thoroughly enjoyed feeding the birds, deer, and whatever else came to the "banquet table". He was a very selfless person, always putting others first and willing to give you the shirt off his back.
Benjamin J. Hess had a full and happy life, with camping adventures in Florida, driving to Texas (without air conditioning), hunting bears in Canada, catching record fish in Pennsylvania, and building and fixing many, many things.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert L. and Ruth Hess and William R. and Susan Hess, and one sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Leonard Seroskie, all of Danville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hendrickson United Methodist Church, 350 Cameltown Hill Road, Danville, with Pastor Lisa A. Mitchell officiating. Friends will be received from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Condolences may be sent to 98 Columbia Hill Road, Danville PA 17821.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
Published on August 24, 2017