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Walter (Gabby) Hess

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


 Walter "Gabby" Bradford Hess, 88, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Sunday, January 26, 2020, at his home.

Born Friday, October 2, 1931 in Ringgold, MD, he was the son of the late S. Allen Hess and the late Hettie G. Hess.

Gabby graduated from Smithsburg High School. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Gabby was employed with the Washington County Roads Department for 36 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1995. He was a Golden Member of Grace United Methodist Church, VFW Post 1936 and the Antietam Fire Company Engine 2.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Louise (Hofe) Hess; twin daughters, Wanda S. Stouffer and husband, Gale and Rhonda F. Weaver and husband, Tony, all of Hagerstown, MD; daughter, Pamela K. Gregory and husband, Jimmy of Mt. Airy, MD; son, Dale B. Hess and wife, Missy of Hagerstown, MD; two sisters, Sara G. Weaver and M. Jane Hess, both of Smithsburg, MD; grandchildren, Kelli Jones and husband, Chris, Dwayne Weaver and wife, Emily, Derrick Kinna and wife, Cassie, Bradley Taylor, Amy Hess, Brandon Hess and wife, Victoria, and Jayden Hess; great-grandchildren, Emmah and Maddison Jones, Kaylee Kinna, Aliviah and Brynn Weaver, Summer and Lilah Taylor, Ella and Tanner Presgraves, and Maverick Hess.

He was preceded in death by his sister, E. Kathryn Biser; and brothers, J. Harvey Hess, Guy S. Hess, and William "Bill" Hess.

Services will be held Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 1:30 pm, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Margaret Clemons and Rev. Clark Carr officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home, Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Interment will be at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD, with military honors performed by the Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 honor guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 712 Church St. Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

I am very saddened to hear of Gabby's passing. I met him and spoke with him on a few occasions when he would visit his Very Dear Friend Sam Ferguson (who passed away in December 2014). I very much enjoyed meeting Gabby and getting to know him and heard many wonderful stories about him from Sam. My Condolences and Prayers for his Family and Friends. May he Rest in Peace. God Bless

Bill DeLise
Waynesboro, PA

May God comfort you in this sad time. Please know that the entire family (and extended family) are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Matt & Lorie Tedrick
Maugansville, Maryland

Sending my condolences to the family, may God comfort each of you and give you strentgh for the days ahead.

MaryJo Reed
Hagerstown, Maryland

Sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts.

Don Gossard
Hagerstown, MD

Sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts.

Don Gossard
Hagerstown, MD

So sorry for your loss sending prayers. Remember all the great times working the carnival together

Herb & Judy Bowman
Hagerstown, Md

Dale sorry to hear about your dad passing be praying for you and your family Randy kelbaugh.

Randy Kelbaugh
Hagerstown, Md

I am so sorry to read of Gabby's passing. From the months and months of Sundays at Grace United Methodist Church to my first summer job as a "school boy" working for his crew at the Washington County Roads Department, Gabby was the same. Happy, caring and willing to teach a "school boy" the value of work and laughter. Many thanks for those lessons.

Dave Barnhart
Hagerstown, Maryland

ed showalter
hagerstown, MD

Love and prayers.

Vicki weaver
Hagerstown , MD

Sorry about your dad. Prayers goes out to you all.

Pam Weaver and Matthew
Hagerstown , Maryland

So sorry to hear of the loss of Gabby, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Donna Gossard Stokes
Hagerstown, Maryland

Sending heart healing prayers to all of the family as our God carries Gabby home. May the peace of the Lord be with you all. Tom & Deb Tritsch

Tom and Deb Tritsch
Hagerstown , MD

Im so sorry to hear of Gabby's passing. He was such a nice, kind and caring man. He will definitely be missed :( My thought and prayers are with all of you.

Kim williams
Williamsport, MD

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