Leslie "Les" O. Hess

September 17, 1926January 24, 2019

Leslie Owen Hess peacefully passed away on January 24, 2019 at Heritage Assisted Living. He was born the 4th of 6 children on September 17, 1926 in Paris, Idaho to Milford Norton and Marie (Reider) Hess. He met Esther Louise Campbell on a blind date to the Twin Falls County Fair in the fall of 1944, and they married on May 6, 1945 at her parent’s home in Buhl. They lived very briefly on a farm near Eden, but Uncle Sam decided he wanted him. After basic training they spent two months together in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he was stationed. After that he went to Germany, where he earned the Army of Occupation Medal and the Victory Medal. After his honorable discharge on October 24, 1946, he worked as a farm laborer. In the fall of 1949, he decided that he didn’t want to spend his life as a farm laborer. In the service, he worked as a mechanic. He enjoyed this work, so he decided to go to Chicago to Commercial Trades Institute. In the fall of 1950, they returned to Twin Falls. He was a member of the LDS church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, his father, mother, two brothers Russell and Dean, and one sister Anna Martin. He is survived by daughter Polly Van Natter (James) of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; son Stephen Hess (Ann) of Twin Falls; brother Rex Hess (Mary) of Twin Falls; sister Hazel Bober of Rupert, Idaho; five grandchildren, Melissa, Robert, Jamie, Kristina, and Trevor; four great-grandchildren, 3 boys Lucas Alan, Aaron James, Sterling James and 1 girl, Sloan Leigh. The family is deeply grateful for the loving care he received at Woodstone Assisted Living and Heritage Assisted Living. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 4-6 PM at White Mortuary, located at 136 4th Avenue East, Twin Falls. Funeral services will be held there, January 28, 2019 at 11 AM. Burial will be at Filer Cemetery.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Burial Monday, January 28, 2019

Leslie "Les" O. Hess

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