Larry L. "Lew" Hess, 75, of Wernersville passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at his residence. He was the loving husband of 55 years to Sandra K. (Lewis) Hess. Born in Bristol, PA on March 21, 1944 a son of the late Lewis C. Hess and the late Ruth Mae (Smith) Hess widow of Ivan Hertzog. He was a graduate of Benton, PA High School and Penn State University. Lew spent 30 years in Law Enforcement. He proudly served 25 years with the Pennsylvania State Police, the last 20 of which involved crime scene processing and fingerprint comparison. His advanced education included additional courses of instruction at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, the FBI Academy at Quantico, and the University of Virginia where he studied Administrative Advanced Latent Fingerprint Analysis in the State of Pennsylvania and classified as an expert throughout the U.S.
After retiring from the Pennsylvania State Police in 1993, Lew was a Berks County Deputy Coroner, Berks County Deputy Sheriff, and a Detective for South Heidelberg Township. He retired in 2002. Lew was a member of St. John's Lodge #435 F.&A.M., played in the concert band with the Shriners, and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer. Surviving in addition to his wife are his three children, Scott Hess husband of Robbi , Christine wife of Jeff Kline, and Brian Hess husband of Deb; eight grandchildren, Dustin, Lindsey, Brian II, Katie, Kirsten, Cody, Morgan, and Brandon; seven great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Alice Lewis; and sister-in-law, Cheryl Lewis. Cole Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Robesonia is handling arrangements. A Celebration of Lew's life will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Fire Company Social Quarters, 5664 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Bernville, PA 19506. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr., Lancaster, PA 17603. Online condolences may be made at www.ColeFH.com
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