Guy Hess Jr.

Guy Hess Jr.

Guy E. Hess Jr. of Gobles, MI passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at his home. He was born March 6, 1937 in Kalamazoo, the son of Guy and Maxine (Crawford) Hess. Guy graduated from State High School where he pitched on the Varsity Baseball team for 3 years, with a record of 21 wins and 4 losses. During the summer in high school, he played American Legion Baseball under Coach Fred Stevens. Their team was the state runner-up. Guy was honored 4 years in the Kalamazoo Gazette All City Pitchers roster and was awarded 3 Gold Baseballs for pitchers in Kalamazoo area schools. After high school he attended Grand Rapids Community College where he was starting pitcher for two years, then pitched for one year at Western Michigan University where he graduated with a Master’s Degree. Guy also played one year with the Washington Senators, a Minnesota Twins organization. In 1962 he was student teacher under George Klaeran at Otsego Public Schools in 7th grade health and physical education and assisted in varsity baseball. He then taught in Colon, MI schools for 2 years. From 1965 to 1988, he taught PE, Life Science and Math, also coaching 7th & 8th grade boys baseball, 7th & 8th grade intramural sports and introduced floor hockey. Guy served Otsego High School athletics in varsity baseball, girls softball, JV baseball, was a faculty manager and ran the clock for over 40 years during football and basketball games for Freshman, JV and Varsity boys and girls.  He spent 45 years teaching Driver’s Ed to over 5000 students and never had an accident. His total hours were over 9000 including classroom, driving range and road time. Guy never missed a day teaching due to illness.

On July 11, 1987 in Otsego he married Nancy Neal who survives. Also surviving are his children, Cory (Aimee) Hess, Sydne (Akinori) Suzuki, Scott (Sherry) Hess and Christa (Jim) Wesley; 9 grandchildren, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Bailey, Tyler, Sara, Shayna, Sawyer, Sage and Jasmine; 3 great-grandchildren, Brayden, Maysn and McKenzie; his siblings, Gayle Hess and Jim Hess; extended family members and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Glen Hess.

Friends may meet with Guy’s family Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 3 P.M. until the time of the Memorial Service at 6 P.M. at the Radiant Church, 8157 East DE Avenue, Richland, MI, Pastor Todd Staal officiating. Contributions in memory of Guy may be made to The Big Give Community Outreach, a program through the Radiant Church to benefit area school children.  Messages of condolence may be posted at


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  1. Bryon & Kandy Campbell says:

    I will miss his presence at football games running the clock. I was fortunate enough to have him as a teacher and a friend. He will be greatly missed by many……

    There are many measures in your life……
    1. Commitment to God
    2. Commitment to Family
    3. Others you have influences (broad impact for Guy)
    4. Everything Else…….

    I know he worked at all of these; which will be evident by the outpouring of comments as we celebrate his life on February 15th.
    Rest in peace…… Mr. Hess.

  2. Mike & Lori Laughlin says:

    I don’t even know where to begin to express my sorrow. Guy was more than a colleague and friend; he was Otsego and North Lake family. He was so full of bark and no bite (which kids saw through immediately and loved) with a ready smile and a tongue-in-cheek comment, and a compassionate heart. I will miss him. We all will. This world won’t be the same without him.
    Keeping all of you in our prayers as you heal-
    The Laughlin family
    **Guy–be sure to say “hi” to my dad when you get to Heaven!

  3. Kim Palmer says:

    A truly great man. I always left a conversation with Coach feeling encouraged, even as an adult. He could always make me laugh. I’m inspired to know the number of lives has has touched. I will never forget the influence he had on me. Much love and many prayers to you, Senora Hess…You two are treasures!!

  4. Neil and Sue Brownee says:

    “Some people make a difference
    just by being who they are,
    Their inner light shines bright
    and touches lives
    both near and far,
    And even when they’re gone,
    they still forever play a part
    In the smiles,
    the priceless moments,
    that are treasured in the heart.

    This was Guy Hess to the fullest. We are all feeling the pain.

  5. Joe and Kelly Bohl says:

    You will forever be remembered in our family as the most kind hearted neighbor/teacher of all times. You always treated everyone you touched the way you wanted to be treated. This town will not be the same without you, but we will forever remember all you did for us. Thanks Mr. Hess and RIP. Scott, Syd, Corey and Nancy so very sorry for your loss.

  6. jan goswick says:

    Words cannot explain how much Mr. Hess meant to me and my family. I had the pleasure of knowing him as a teacher but also as my dad’s best friend. He is one of those most loving men I have ever met. He was jokester, but always a teacher at heart. Every time I saw him, the conversation started with a joke about my hair being a mess (which I loved) and then followed by a hug and him telling me something important and inspirational! I don’t remember a time that he didn’t do this. Even last year we were both picking up kids from the high school and he jumped in my car just to check on me and talk about what was going on in my life, and shared lots of great advice. I understand why he is my dad’s best friend; they have the same heart. His love did not stop for his best friends daughters; he loved his grand kids as well. I am so blessed that I have had this man in my life and my daughter’s lives. I can speak for all the entire Goswick family, and say we love and will miss this man so much!

  7. Diane Boysen says:

    Guy Hess was an excellent teacher. I had him in 7th or 8th grade for one of his classes. Mr. Hess cared about his students’ educational accomplishments and did everything to help the class learn about the subjects he taught. I always felt Mr. Hess truly cared about each student and wanted to help us reach our goals in life. Mr. Hess was also a neighbor for a number of years and you could see how much he loved his family with all of his heart and what a blessing his children were to him.

  8. Rebecca (Fogg) Muhammad says:

    “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile, leaving footprints on our hearts – and we are never, ever the same.”

  9. Emily Mills says:

    Some people remember their school days with fondness when they of that “one special teacher” and that was always Mr.Hess for me. I was lucky enough to have him in 7th and 8th grades and then again for driver’s training . He was a great man which made it easier for him to be a good educator. He was always respected and loved by his students and I’m sure adored by his family and friends. To his family, so sorry for your loss and thanks for sharing him with us…….

  10. Mary Brewster Brennan says:

    Mister Hess was an amazing teacher and person, sometimes teaching when you thought he was just joking around. I have several memories of him thru out the years he was my teacher. My prayers go out the his family in their loss.

  11. Sarah (Knoble) Horwath says:

    I’m very sad to hear of Mr. Hess’ s passing. He was a great teacher and a wonderful man. He will be missed.

  12. Steve Guy and Penny Grinage-Guy says:

    Whenever I (Penny) think of Guy, I cannot help but smile. He made me laugh…..just by being who he was. That grin usually meant he had something up his sleeve.

    He was such a fun man, a wonderful father/grandfather, and both of us were honored to have worked with him while we were at Otsego High School.

    Our deepest sympathies Nancy, Scott and to the rest of your family.

  13. Karen McNees says:

    What a great man! Mr. Hess was a favorite teacher…always patient, always positive, always encouraging! Otsego was a special place to grow up, and Mr. Hess was part of that Otsego Family for so many! Hugs and prayers for Nancy and the whole Hess family!

  14. Tracy Little says:

    There are a handful of teachers who have had a profound impact on my life, and Mr. Hess was one of them. I hold dearly a fond memory of his hearty laugh that I recall as if it happened only an hour ago; I can picture where my desk was located, the lesson, the class discussion, and the question I asked aloud. (It was a typical airhead-TLittle question!)
    To those whom have ridden in my car going anywhere, to my beloved five-oh, (especially ‘Officer Vocabulary’ who taught me the word “deplorable” when referencing my speeding habits), and to those employees who have been forced to send me warning letters about too many points, please don’t blame Mr. Hess….he diagnosed my “lead-foot” condition at age 15, and tried his hardest to cure it. The first time he mentioned it was after we had exited 131 and were headed west on M-89 into Otsego. “Um, Trace,” he said. “You’re really going to need to remember that your speed should Significantly Decrease once you are no longer on an expressway. I can see this might be a problem for you.” For the record, I am finally back to zero points for speeding on my record, so, as stubborn as I was/am Mr. Hess, I was Always listening, I Tremendously enjoyed your class, I Painfully experience the news of your passing, and I will ALWAYS remember you and smile. Thank you for being you, and I am so honored to have once been your student. May you rest in peace knowing You Made A Difference.

  15. Charles Livengood says:

    I only knew Guy for a short time but it did not take but a minute to like and respect him. He will be missed. Scott ,Nancy and the family , you are in my thoughts and my prayers.

  16. Laurie and Tim Andrus says:

    I had the pleasure of being one of his many students and then later in life Tim and I enjoyed being in a small group at church with Guy and Nancy. Guy will always have a special place in my heart with so many warm memories. When I was undergoing chemo this past summer, it was always a bright spot to share time together catching up while we were at the cancer center.

  17. Dave Delemme says:

    Guy loved his cars, and especially his 1957 Chevy. I use to talk with him at car shows for many years. We always had a good discussion on the better car, Ford or Chevy? I always respected his opinion on cars, and I always respected his teaching profession. He seemed to be a loyal and dedicated man. He always thanked me for my military service when he saw me in a parade in uniform. I will also miss seeing him around Otsego. We always seemed to have something to talk about. God Bless you GUY, and may God hold you near. Some day we will drag race that quarter mile to see what the better car really is. Dave Delemme

  18. Tracy Little says:

    Señora Hess,
    Lo sciento mucho.
    Señorita Pequena

  19. Tammy Lutes says:

    To Cory, Sydney and the rest of the Hess family…I send you my sincere condolences. Guy was a talented athlete, teacher and father. I know he was also a good friend of my dad’s and spent time helping to support Boy Scout Troop 98 in Otsego. He will be greatly missed. Peace and comfort to all of the lives he touched. Rest in peace Guy Hess.

  20. Hank DeGraaff says:

    I only knew Guy a few years, teaching DE with him. My sympathies to you, Nancy. I still remember Guy telling a student driver who was practicing backing, “Hey, look out, your wheels are going backwards!” A great sense of humor and a great friend. Had a very nice vintage car I had the privilege to ride in with him.

  21. Lisa (otto) Sweet-Lukins says:

    Cory, Sydne, Scott, I am saddened for you and the loss of your father. Uncle Guy was my only uncle, with time and age we grew apart as a family group, I often think back fondly of the childhood memories we share. I laugh as I think how many times I got my ear snapped by Uncle Guy. I am sorry to say I will not be able to make it to Michigan for the memorial service but know you are in my thoughts. Hugs, your cousin Lisa (otto) Sweet -Lukins

  22. Becky (Digby) Stice says:

    I was honored to know this man. He definitely touched so many hearts as well as mine. He will be greatly missed in our community.

    My love and prayers go out to you Nancy and your family.

  23. Charlene Mason says:

    I will miss Mr.Hess ..
    He was a great teacher..
    Praying for Senora Hess and family

  24. Rick & Kandy Steinke says:

    Mr. Hess was a mentor to many students. I had the pleasure of working with him, when I worked for the Otsego Community Education Department, he taught Driver’s Education to many. My husband had him for a teacher. He was a wonderful man and friend. I would see him at the car shows and he always had a joke and a smile. Nancy and family, my heart breaks for you. May God give you strength. Guy RIP my friend, as you walk the streets of gold.

  25. Linda Cutler Beattie says:

    I did not have Mr. Hess as an instructor in school but remember his humor and energy . I send my prayers and wishes for peace to Cory , Aimee and their entire family. He will be missed on earth but welcomed in Heaven.

  26. Doug and Judy (Foster) Scheppelman says:

    Mr. Hess was one of the best! Great teacher…kind, patient, excellent with his Driver Ed students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  27. Betty and Lew Sweitzer says:

    Our neighborhood won’t be the same without Guy. But we’ll feel his presence each time we pass his driveway. Our thoughts are with you and your family Nancy.

  28. Mike Mulligan says:

    Goodbye to a good man and teacher, you will be missed at the car shows too. RIP Guy.

  29. Rod Doss says:

    I forget why I walk in the kitchen sometimes but I have these great memories of you over 40 years your advice & teaching is still the go to.

  30. Mary Ellen Riggs says:


    Sorry to hear of Guy’s passing, I’m Praying for you and the family.

    Mary Ellen Riggs
    OTS Church of God

  31. Karen Wilcox says:

    My heart is heavy with sadness.
    I returned to Otsego this past summer for the purpose of a Community Gathering to honor, remember, and promote awareness of my sister, Kathy Wilcox, who has been missing since July 21, 1972.

    While in the area, my car broke down outside Gobles. Mr. Hess was the first person on the scene and offered me shelter from the elements in his vehicle.

    We shared fond stories of school days etc.

    It was a great honor to have the gift of that time to visit with him.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  32. Michael Hogue says:

    He was a great man. Very influential in my life. He taught me to drive, drafting, autos, and metal shop. A great teacher, and mentor. Never heard anything bad ever come out of his mouth. He will be missed.

  33. Pat Salisbury says:

    Nancy, so sorry to hear of Guy’s passing. I remember Sunday School time and the fun I had with guy. He truly was a special person. May you be comforted by memories of him. You are in my prayers.

  34. Molly Mentzer says:

    Our world has lost an amazing person but this person has left us with so many beautiful memories. I feel so blessed to have known Guy. My thoughts & prayers go out to his wonderful family.

  35. Robert Kitchen says:

    To The Hess Family, I had the pleasure of meeting Guy at the Kendall store about a year ago,where his friend Wes would come in and have coffee, were we would all set around and talk about everything that we thought was important. It was fun and we all had plenty of laughs together. I was happy to have met Guy and I will miss him and his talks. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  36. Vicki (Sweitzer) Thayer says:

    I am thankful that I had the opportunity to know this wonderful man. My prayers are with the entire family at this most difficult time.

  37. Terri Long says:

    To friends and family of Mr. Hess:
    He was a great teacher and a great man he cared for every kid he came in contact with when he was working at school. I have never known anyone to take the time out to care for each and every person he came in contact with. He was loved at OHS. He made driver’s training great fun. He will be sadly missed. My heart goes out to his family and friends, especially to Scott since we graduated together in 1985. Your dad was proud. Heaven gained another great soul.

  38. Gary morris says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I had the privledge of haying coach Hess for classes while in school. He was terrific.

  39. Greg Evink says:

    To the Hess family:
    Very sorry to learn of this passing. Our prayers are with you.

    I can still recall Mr. Hess kicking a cone in front of that 3-speed on the column truck I was driving in the student parking lot. Just to make sure I would hit the brakes. Wonder how many kids can say that?

    He made the classes he was teaching, a joy to be in. He was fair and fun to be near. Always smiled and shared great humor. He was a friend to many. You could easily see that, as student’s flocked around him. Kids wanted to be in his classes.

    Even though we havn’t spoken since the late 70’s. I still consider him a friend, I am very grateful to have had the chance to know this fine man.

    If OHS had a Hall of Fame for people who touched kid’s lives.
    Mr. Hess is in on the first vote.

    Thanks for the great memories and laughs.

    Greg Evink

  40. Janelle Turner Oberhill says:

    I am so sorry that Guy has left you, Nancy. Please know that you are in my prayers. I know that your family will be your strength through this difficult time. Guy was such a big gruff teddy bear. All the kids loved him, for good reason.

  41. Jon Ferrando says:

    To Scott, Cory, Sydney and the entire Hess family:

    Please accept my most sincere condolences over the loss of Guy. I hope you can enjoy and share all the great memories of him while you mourn his passing.

    He was a huge positive part of the Otsego community for a long time. He was my teacher in middle school and driver’s ed, and he was always tough but fair.

    Having grown up around the corner, I know he was also a great father to his family in addition to touching literally hundreds, if not thousands of people, in a positive way.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of mourning the loss of a great man.

  42. Mary Ellen Riggs says:

    Nsncy, & Family,

    Sorry to hear about Guy. Our Thought and Prayers are with you.

    Mary Ellen Riggs

  43. Mitzi Henke says:

    Nancy and Family,
    So very sorry to hear of Guy”s passing. He was a wonderful neighbor for 18 years. He will be missed . My thoughts and
    prayers are with you.

  44. Gary "Dusty" Rhoades, and Barbara Ann Rhoades says:

    Guy was one of the first people I worked with when I started my teaching and coaching position at Otsego Public Schools in 1968. I taught next to Guy in the middle school, and was his JV baseball coach while he coached the Varsity. He was a mentor and dear friend, that had a impact on my teaching and coaching career. We also worked side by side for over thirty years doing Varsity and JV football games for the mighty Bulldogs! With Guy on the scoreboard and clock and myself announcing we had so many fun experiences together. In recent years Barb and I have spent time with Guy and Nancy in our small group meetings for church. We will treasure our memories of Guy and Nancy always.

  45. Sherry Knight Schumaker says:

    Nancy & Family, just wanted to let you all know that I am thinking about and praying for all of you as you struggle to come to terms with a loss this significant in your family. I had the pleasure of having Mr. Hess in school and then my children did as well. He liked to sound tough, but we all knew he was a push over. I will hold fond memories of his sense of humor and his joking spirit and the impact he had on the lives of all of us.

  46. Annaliisa Lane-Ferrall says:

    Thank You is what I would say if I still had time to say it!! I had Mr. Hess for drivers training I remember thinking how patient and brave he was to drive with all of us students. Prayers and comfort going out to his family I am very sorry for your loss my the Lord be with you during this difficult time and bring you comfort until you meet again in heaven one day.

  47. Eric Kent says:

    Nancy: I was going through the papers collected while we were out of town and saw Guy’s obituary. My sympathy goes out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


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