Brian J. Hess

June 16, 1942February 3, 2021

Brian Jon Hess, 78, of Oneonta, died on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Albany Medical Center, Albany.

He was born on June 16, 1942 in Oneonta, the son of Lawrence and Jane (Sexton) Hess. He married Gail Cleveland on June 18, 1977.

A 1960 graduate of Oneonta High School, Brian served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1967. Stationed in Germany for most of his service, his main duty was working as a Tractor Scraper Operator.

He was employed by NYSEG for 33 years, retiring in 2000 as a Chief Lineman.

Brian loved to drag race cars in the 1960s in Fonda, NY. He was also an avid Corvette lover. In his earlier years he was a frequent waterfowl hunter, and enjoyed fishing on Lake Ontario. He played golf up until September 2020.

Brian enjoyed membership in the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and was also a member of the Oneonta County Club Men’s Golf Association.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gail Hess of Oneonta; a son, Brad Hess of Panama City Beach, Florida; a son, Kyle Hess of Millerton; a grandson, Cayson Brian Hess of Panama City Beach, Florida; a brother, Wayne Hess and wife Fran Hess of West Laurens; a sister, Linda Starley of Windsor; and 2 sister in laws, Sharon Corna and Nancy (Robert) Smalley. He was much loved by his many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife’s parents, Kenneth and Evelyn Cleveland; and a brother in law, George Starley.

A graveside committal service with military honors will take place in the spring in Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta.

In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club, 70 River Street Oneonta, NY 13820 and Helios Care, 297 River Street, S Service Rd Suite #1, Oneonta, NY 13820.

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Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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Billy Rogers

February 10, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers for Gail, Brad, Kyle, and Brian's entire family. Many, many years and many, many things shared with "Uncle Brian". All fond and fun memories of a life well lived along with some lessons taught and a few well learned. I'm so glad to have traveled in his circle. Peace to you my friend.

william rogers

February 10, 2021

Dear Gail & family.

Very sorry for the loss of Brian. I've known him for 65 years or more. He was a friend, fellow golfer, fellow worker. He enjoyed horse shoe pitching, hunting, arm wrestling and his family. Brian was always a pleasure to be around. I thank the LORD for many pleasant memories of him that I will always have. May the GOD of peace & comfort be with the family.
Love & hugs in Christ,
William Rogers

Blair & Deb Puffer

February 10, 2021

So, so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. He was such a fun guy with a dry sense of humor. Always enjoyed seeing him at NYSEG events. May your memories help you all through this difficult time.

Ro and Carl Miller

February 9, 2021

Our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers

Sandy Swift

February 8, 2021

Dear Gail and family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all in this time of sorrow . Brian was loved by many and he’ll never be forgotten. Gary and I send our deepest condolences. Love to all 💖💖