Alfred P. Hess Jr.

October 3, 1931November 13, 2013

Alfred P. Hess, Jr., 82 of Clearfield entered into God’s Eternal Care, Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Christ The King Manor, DuBois. He was the husband of 58 years to Ruth Constance (Witherow) Hess, Clearfield.

Born October 3, 1931 in the Scale House of Clearfield, he was the son of the late Alfred P. and Elizabeth (Charlton) Hess.

Mr. Hess was a 1949 graduate of Clearfield High School and later a graduate of Penn State. He was employed by Penn Dot as a highway designer for 35 years until his retirement in 1993.

Alfred was a member of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, Clearfield. He was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Alfred received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1954. His other memberships include ASHE (American Society of Highway Engineering) and the Clearfield American Legion.

Alfred was a devoted family man. He loved the birds and the river ducks who came to his yard daily and loved sitting with his wife and children on the beach at Hatteras Village, NC and he loved his cats Angel and Scruffy the most.

In addition to his wife, Alfred is survived by four sons and a daughter: Michael John Hess, Clearfield; Susan Kay Hess Gilliland and her husband Joseph K. “Joe”, Clearfield; Joseph Lee Hess, Clearfield; Fred Peter Hess, Clearfield; Alfred Peter Hess, III and his wife Brandy L., Clearfield; 5 grandchildren: Alyssa Ashley Simcox and her fiancé Randy Lee Socoski, Jr.; Tasha Nicole Hess; Matthew Michael Hess, Keagan James Hess and Zachary Taylor Hess; 1 great granddaughter: Ciara Lynn Socoski; 4 sisters and 4 brothers: Marge Lanich and her husband James, Erie; Virginia Anderson and her husband Harold, Northeast, PA; Allen Hess and his wife Audrey, Keysville, GA; William Hess and his wife Cathy, York Haven, PA; Elaine Lippert, Georgetown, SC; Ronald Hess and his wife Molly, Rochester NY; Leslie Blaine Hess and his wife Shelly, Lancaster, SC; Karen Swain and her husband Richard, Greer, SC; also survived by over 100 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Step Mother: Ida Margaret Good Hess; Sister: Delorus (Curtis) McClure.

A memorial mass will be held to celebrate the life of Alfred P. Hess, Jr. at 1:00 PM Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Calvary Cemetery Chapel, Clearfield with Msgr. H. Desmond McGee as celebrant. A time to share memories and have an opportunity to view will be Friday from 5:00 – 9:00 PM and Saturday 11:00 – 12:30 PM at the Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, 312 E. Locust Street, Clearfield, PA 16830. Following the service, Military Honors will be accorded by the Clearfield Honor Guard. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Clearfield.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Alfred to St. Francis School C/O St. Francis Educational Endowment Fund, 212 S. Front Street, Clearfield, PA 16830.

Online Tributes may be made at or to


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, November 16, 2013
  • Viewing Friday, November 15, 2013

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Liz Long

November 16, 2013

Connie and family,
I had the privilege of working for Pete for several years at Penn DOT in the 1970's and can say he was always a true professional and patient mentor. His sacrifices for his country were great, yet, he took them in stride ... never complaining. You have my sincere sympathy for the loss of your husband and father.

November 15, 2013


My sympathy to you and the family at this time of loss. May God's grace be with all of you.

Walter Stewart

Bonnie peck

November 15, 2013

Sincere condolences from my heart to all of yours. May the many good memories hold you all together during this difficult time. May God Bless each of you in knowing that Pete will always be with you in spirit and never forgotten.

Lisa Taliani

November 15, 2013

Prayers for healing for your family

Maggie Avant

November 14, 2013

We are sending our condolences. Uncle Pete will be greatly missed. Prayers and thoughts to the Hess family.
We are going to miss you.
The nephews and nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces, and the great-great nephews and great-great nieces.