Waunakee-Ronald William Hess, age 74, passed away on January 20, 2013 from lung cancer. Ron was born in Madison, the son of Cyril William Hess and Rosemary (Soehle) Hess on October 3, 1938. Ron worked for the State of Wisconsin for 12 years in the Duplicating Center and then worked for MATC for 28 years. After his retirement, he was employed by Print Tec for 4 years where he met his good friends Gary & Kim Welscher, Onalaska and Terry & Diane Bowen, Middleton. Once a month Ron, his wife and friends would meet at Ho Chunk for dinner which he enjoyed. Then he was employed by the University of Wisconsin Transportation Department emptying parking meters where he met Ed Gormican, Madison and they became good friends and would enjoy their lunches at the Silver Eagle.

Ron married Judy Salava on October 9, 1959. Married for 53 years, they raised two children and enjoyed their five grandchildren.

Ron is survived by his wife, Judy; his daughter Sheri (Dan) Horwich, grandchildren, Chad (friend Kuenzi Dearth), Shay (friend Caitlyn Clark) and Alexa of Lodi, daughter, Lori (Chris) Koralewski, grandchildren, Alyssa and Hayden of Kewaskum; brother-in-law, Sanford (fiancée Doreen Halla) Salava of Somersworth, New Hampshire; sister-in-law, Debra (Mel) Warner, Waunakee; cousin Barbara (Ron) Reuter, Madison; aunt, Martha Godding, Middleton; his dog, Annie; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Jo-Ann Hendricks.

Honoring Ron's wishes there will not be a service, he will be laid to rest at Sunset Memory Gardens, Madison.

Thanks to the doctors at UW Health and the people at Agrace HospiceCare that helped to make the end of his life comfortable.

Memorials may be made to the Dane County Humane Society and Agrace HospiceCare.

A Limb Fallen
A limb has fallen from our family tree. I keep hearing a voice that says "Grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage. I'm counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remember all, how I truly was blessed. Continue traditions, nom matter how small, go on with you life, don't just stare at the wall. I'll miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin, until the day comes we're together again."