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Lt. Colonel James L. Hess

Lt. Colonel James “Jim” Hess, 73, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away September 17, 2017 in Fayetteville.

Jim was born in Springville on June 26, 1944 to the late John and Loretta (nee Kruse) Hess. He graduated from Springville-Griffith Institute in 1962 and the United States Air Force Academy in 1966, earning his degree in economics. He was a B-52 navigator/bombardier while serving in Vietnam. His overseas assignments also included tours in Guam and Germany. Jim was a proud member of the “Evil Eight” Squadron. He retired from the Air Force after 24 years of honorable service.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Jim received an M.S. in education from the University of Arkansas. He became a math teacher at Elkins High School in Elkins, Ark., spending the next 14 years instilling his own “Rules for Success” in his students.

Jim was a lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America, a proud University of Arkansas alumnus and an avid Razorbacks fan.

Jim is survived by his wife of 51 years Christine (nee Matelich) Hess of Elkins, Ark; daughters Toni (Jeff English) Hess of Lake Charles, La. and Cindy (Rudy) Timmerman of Prairie Grove, Ark; five grandchildren Audrey Timmerman, Ellen Timmerman, James English, Lane English and Brynn English; siblings Janice (Lorne) Woodworth of St. Clair Shores, Mich., Robert Hess of Clearlake, Calif., Kathleen Hess of Springville, Lawrence (Peggy) Hess of West Valley, Ronald (Linda) Hess of East Aurora and Gerald (Denise) Hess of Canton; and step-siblings Paul Feldman and Joyce (Gary) Barrow, both of Hamburg.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Tontitown, Ark. Burial with full military honors was at the Fayetteville National Cemetery in Fayetteville.

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