In loving memory of

Wilbert E. Hess, Sr.
June 6, 1933 - October 5, 2021

Wilbert E. Hess, Sr., on October 5, 2021, of Mantua; formerly of Runnemede and Hudson, FL. Age 88.

Beloved husband of the late Thelma (Cross) for 60 years. Devoted father of Willie Hess, Jr. (Lisa), Brian Hess (Michelle) and Eric Hess. Loving grandfather to Hunter, Dalton, Justin, Erin, Haley and Shane. Great grandfather to several great grandchildren. Dear brother to Bill (Anita) and the late Edward, Carol and Naomi.

Wilbert served in Japan during the Korean War from '53 to '56. He worked at Philadelphia Naval Yard 17 where he proudly worked on the Battleship New Jersey then worked as a progressman. After retirement Wilbert moved to Florida for 26 years where he played softball and golf into his 80s. Wilbert moved back to Mantua 5 years ago.

There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:30pm at Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery, 240 S. Tuckahoe Road, Williamstown, NJ 08094.

Family and friends traveling in procession can meet at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE at 1:30pm on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Battleship New Jersey, 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103-3302 (


Diane McCabe wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"Willie, Brian and Eric - So sorry for your loss. I met your parents years ago when they would bring you into Dr. Greenetz'' office and we developed a friendship.. I literally watched you grow from toddlers to awesome young men. They were so proud of you, and devoted to each other.. 60 years together is a rare blessing many couples do not experience often, and a good example for you all. They will be missed. - Diane McCabe"

Laney wrote on Oct 7, 2021:

"Willie, Lisa and the Hess family?we wish to express our deepest sympathy. Such a sad, sad loss. He was the sweetest, most caring & friendliest ?neighbor? anyone could ever ask for, our hearts are broken. We will miss our chats with Will & also hearing his music that he loved playing? so very sorry for your loss?.may he rest in Peace now.. Laney(Eileen) & Steve Harris???"