Edward Everett Hess, 87

February 17, 2009

AUG. 9, 1921-FEB. 15, 2009

TANEYTOWN, Md. -- Edward Everett Hess, 87, of Taneytown, Md., died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.

Born Aug. 9, 1921, in Taneytown, he was the son of the late Ralph Everett and Edna Viola Harner Hess.

He was the husband of the late Betty Virginia Shankle Hess, who died in February 2007.

He was a farmer, worked as a mechanic for John Deere of Kingsdale, Pa., and was a tool and die maker at Black & Decker in Hampstead, Md. He was retired from Random House Publishing Co. in Westminster. He enjoyed woodcarving, playing cards and traveling.

He was a lifelong member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown.

He was a member of Monocacy Masonic Lodge 203 and the Boumi Shriners of Baltimore. He attained the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, 32nd degree, and belonged to the Western Maryland Shrine Club of Boumi Temple and the Carroll Scottish Rite Club, 32nd degree.


Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Terrie and Jacob Hendricks of Hagerstown, and Debra and Carl Rutherford of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandson, Andrew Hendricks; and stepgrandchildren, Claudia Bennett and Carl Rutherford Jr.

He was predeceased by a sister, Charlotte E. Shorb.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown, with the Rev. Charles Frederick and the Rev. Blaine Feightner officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 136 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the church. A service of Masonic rites will be observed at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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