Leon Hess

Leon Wayne Hess

Saturday, May 14th, 1932 - Saturday, December 5th, 2020
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After a period of declining health in his 89th year, Leon W. Hess (Hessie) of New Holland, peacefully passed from his earthly life early Saturday morning at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy.

Leon was the son of the late Myer and Carrie (Zwally) Hess, and in July of this year, celebrated 67 years of marriage to Miriam (Brubaker) Hess. In addition to his wife Miriam, he is survived by son Timothy, married to Deborah (LeFlem) Hess, New Holland; daughter Heidi, married to J. Kenneth Long, Millersville; grandchildren Jacqueline (Hess,) married to Levi Geyer, New Holland; Mitchell, married to Caroline (Eberly) Long, Lancaster; Alison (Hess,) married to Ragen Horst, Lancaster; and Britney (Long,) married to Caleb Clugston, Albany, Georgia. Leon and Miriam have nine great-grandchildren: Timothy, James, and Michael Geyer; Rowan and Iris Long; Miriam and Hazel Horst; Lennon and Cash Clugston.
In addition to his parents, Leon was preceded in death by a brother, Harold A. Hess, and sisters; Virgie Mae Groff, Ethel Jean Weidler, and Ellen Marie Groff.

After graduating from Lampeter High School in 1950, Leon operated the dairy farm, near Intercourse, PA, on which he was raised until (in 1966) he founded and (through his retirement in 2012) operated Hess Farm Supply Inc. In addition to being a representative and salesman for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Leon, throughout his agri-business career, regularly conducted animal healthcare and related seminars for the agricultural community in Eastern Lancaster County.

Leon enjoyed following (and into his 50’s playing) ice hockey. In his retirement, Leon, continued to be an avid reader, but delighted most in sitting on his back porch with Rosie (Yellow Labrador Retriever) by his side, watching his great-grandchildren play.

A funeral service will be held for Leon at 3:00 pm, on Thursday, 12/10/20, at Grace Family Church, New Holland - where he was a Charter Member and faithfully served in a number of capacities through the years. There will not be a public viewing, but immediately preceding the service, there will be private interment in the cemetery at the Zeltenreich Reformed Church, New Holland. Due to current CDC Guidelines, we ask you to follow social distancing protocols and a facial covering must be worn.

Well done thou good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of my Lord. Matthew 25:31
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  • Service

    Thursday, December 10th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Thursday, December 10th, 2020 3:00pm
    Grace Family Church
    415 S. Kinzer Ave.
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    Tim Hodge
  • Interment

    Zeltenreich Cemetery
    752 Hollander Road
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
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    Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.


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Posted at 11:25am
With deepest sympathy,
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Deb Strubel

Posted at 07:24pm
Mim, Tim, Heidi, and all extended family,
Ken and I extend our deepest sympathies to you. We pray that God will comfort you and help you through this difficult time. —Deb (Weaver) Strubel

Ed Rowlands

Posted at 02:49pm
I have thought many many times you and Leon were doing and all the fun times we had together at Grace
Whenever I need a smile and laugh I bring up one of our good times together. Peace be with you during this time

God Bless. Ed Rowlands

Jeanette Geyer

Posted at 06:18pm
Sent with love and remembrance, My thoughts and prayers for all of you during this time of grief. May Leon Rest In Peace. Love, Jeanette
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