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James E. Hess, 63, of Gilbertsville, husband of Betty Lou (Reinhart) Hess, passed away on Friday at Fox Chase Cancer Center surrounded by his family.

Born in Sellersville, he was the son of the late Norman B. and Anna B. (Little) Hess.

Jim was an auditor with the Pennsylvania PUC and retired in February after 30 years of service.  Jim received BS degrees from Albright College in both Accounting and Economics. Jim was a veteran of the Marine Corp, serving 6 years in the reserves. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyertown, the Boyertown Orioles, the American Legion, and was a lifetime member of the Gilbertsville Fire Company.  Jim enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay, traveling with his family, and skiing. He was an avid Flyers fan holding season tickets for 41 years.

Jim was a former American Legion baseball player, former baseball coach to the Boyertown Midget League and Jr. Legion Grizzles, and former ice hockey coach of the Pottstown Penguins, Valley Forge Colonials, and the Boyertown HS club team.

Surviving with his wife of 39 years is his son Jeffrey S. Hess, husband of Amy M., of Perkiomenville; daughter Jennifer L. Robinson, wife of Scott W., of Barto and granddaughter Alivia R. Hess. Also surviving is his faithful canine companion Murphy.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville with Rev. John G. Pearson officiating. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 6:30PM to 8:30PM and on Wednesday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made in James’s name to the Boyertown Multiservice Meals on Wheels, 200 West Spring Street, Boyertown, PA 19512 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605.

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