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James M. Hess, 80, of Clinton passed away Tuesday October 24, 2017 at University Hospitals in Iowa City, IA.
Services will be 10:00am, Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory. Burial will be in the Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting his obituary at www.snellzornig.com.

James Michael Hess was born on September 19, 1937 in Washington, IA. He was the son of Victor T. and Janez Bell Hess. He graduated from Ladora, Iowa High School in 1954. He was awarded a B.A. degree from Iowa State Teachers College in January of 1959. He pursued a career in corporation accounting and was the office manager for Zirkelbach Refrigeration for 15 years. He was a partner, owner and served as secretary-treasurer for Reliable Service from 1977 until his retirement in 1999. He was a crew leader for the 2000 U.S. Census and then was employed part time in Printing & Document Service at Office Max in Clinton, IA. Then he spent two years at DM Services in Clinton, IA. He married Jacquelin Krava in 1957. He married Carol Kershner Costello in 1978. He loved music, enjoyed sports of all kinds, and was an avid reader and storyteller.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Hess of Clinton, IA, a daughter, Vicki Rekemeyer of Rockford, IL, step-daughters: Dr. Kathy (Lyle) Van Buer of Davenport, IA, Mrs. Dawn (Randy) Nissen of Plover, WI, a stepson Brian (Shanistie) Costello of Clinton, IA, brother Bob (Sharon) Hess of Clinton, IA, and six grandchildren: Ryan (Mary) Van Buer of Davenport, IA, Chris (Laura) Van Buer of Marion, IA, Jordan Nissen of Plover, WI, Troy Nissen of Dubuque, IA, Brett and Brittany Costello of Clinton, IA; one great-granddaughter Ellia Van Buer of Marion, IA. He was preceded in death by his father Victor Hess and mother Janez Bell, his stepmother, Opal Primley Hess, his son Brian J. Hess, his sister Judy Hess Leslie and his brother Jeff Hess.
Memorials can be made to Prince of Peace Parish.
Published on October 25, 2017
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