Reverend Donley Hesse Obituary

Reverend Donley Hesse, age 89, of Mena, Arkansas passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, May 21, 2022. He was born on June 25, 1932, in Grygla, Minnesota, to Lawrence and Anna (Rude) Hesse.

Revered Hesse ministered at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena for many years. He enjoyed studying languages and read the Bible in Hebrew, Greek, Russian, and Spanish. He liked to experiment with solar power and make sun dials. A good Christmas gift for him was a bottle of Elmer’s Glue.

He is survived by his sons, Timothy Hesse of Mena, Arkansas and Jon Hesse and wife Beth of Mesa, Arizona; daughters, Rachel Hoffland of Decorah, Iowa; granddaughter, Rachel Brown, Mathew Kelly and Andrew Kelly. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois Vernelle Hess; daughter Sara Feuerstein; and sister, Donna Schwanz.

Funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Timothy J. Henning officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the church for visitation one hour prior to the funeral. General visitation will be held at the funeral home during normal business hours.

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5-23-22 3:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG