Raymond George Hege

26 julio , 193228 diciembre , 2020

Raymond G. Hege, 88, of Mechanicsville, VA, passed away on December 28, 2020, following a period of declining health.

Born July 26, 1932, in Winston-Salem, he is preceded in death by his parents, Kelen and Vera Snyder Hege of Winston-Salem; and sister, Nancy Paar (John) of Raleigh.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alice Shuler Hege; daughters Robin Newland (Barry) of Glen Allen, VA, and Lisa Watson (Robbie) of Mechanicsville; sisters, Elsie Kinney (Dan) and Edith Crook (Edward) of Winston-Salem; and many nieces and nephews.

Raymond served with the US Army signal corps during the Korean War and graduated from Brevard College and NC State. An industrial arts teaching job at the newly-opened Henrico High School led him to Richmond in 1963. Following his retirement from teaching he was a rural mail carrier and painter before settling in and perfecting the fine art of “piddling around” his woodshop and garages. Projects were always on his workbench.

A quiet, resourceful, and resilient man, he enjoyed reading, listening to southern gospel music, and watching Tom & Jerry.

Along with his family, a constant throughout his life was his love of gardening. Whether vegetables, fruit, or flowers, he found great joy in both the tending and the harvest. Straight, weed-free, rows were his hallmark and he loved sharing the bounty with others.

The family thanks the numerous home healthcare, hospital, and nursing home workers who helped make the most of his final year. Per Raymond’s request, his ashes will be scattered upon his beloved garden in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mechanicsville Presbyterian Church or Hanover Humane Society. There’s no doubt Raymond has found his beloved animal companions over the “Rainbow Bridge” and is tending “God’s Garden” with nimble fingers and strong legs.


  • Kelen and Vera Snyder Hege, Parents (deceased)
  • Nancy Paar (John), Sister (deceased)
  • Alice Shuler Hege, Wife of 56 years
  • Robin Newland (Barry), Daughter
  • Lisa Watson (Robbie), Daughter
  • Elsie Kinney (Dan), Sister
  • Edith Crook (Edward), Sister
  • Many, Nieces and Nephews


Raymond George Hege


Faye McDuffie Gardner

12 enero , 2021

I grew up with the Hege family and we were always welcomed in their home. Raymond was 4 years older than his sister, Nancy, with whom I went to high school, and was a friend until her passing. Raymond was the 'older brother' who sort of ignored us girls. The whole family were gardeners and Mr. Hege would load his pickup and head to the farmer's market with his produce. Nancy used to smileand say that's the way he put them through school. All of them shared a love for the earth and respect for it. My condolences to you and your family.

Mark Yates

12 enero , 2021

Mr Hege was my shop teacher at Henrico High School in the 70's.
He taught us many skills which I still use today. He is one of the many teachers that I am thankful for sharing their knowledge with me. I wish I could have reminded him of the impact he had on me and so many other of his students.

Helen Martin

29 diciembre , 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Helen