Madison
54° F
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
Advertisement

Norman "Bird Man" Ralph Hess

Published On: Jul 22 2013 06:11:29 PM CDT

Madison-Norman Ralph “Bird Man” Hess, age 79, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 21, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born October 1, 1933 to Jacob Hess and Agnes Huebsch Hess. He had battled cancer for 28 years.

He married Jeanette Loether on June 19, 1954 and they moved to Madison at that time. Norman was active in softball and bowling for many years, holding a 205 average for several years and winning many trophies. He volunteered at Bird Wise Pet Store and Fine Feathered Friends. They put on exotic bird shows for nursing homes and school children in the Midwest. His love of fishing provided many stories. Norman was known for his sense of humor which he maintained even up until his death.

Norman is survived by his wife, Jeanette; his children Debra (John) Kuban, Donna Hess, Dianne Hess, Danette (Joe) Renn, Lisa Sheahan, Dave (Susie) Hess, Jim (Anne) Hess, and Rick Hess; grandchildren Chris Nonn, Kortni Wolf, Nathan (Marinda) Burns, Kris Olson, Katy Olson, Tyler Renn, Terri Renn, Brittany Schmidt-Hess, Jamie Hess, and Jacob Hess; one great-grandson Masen Schmidt-Hess; his siblings Rita Gruber, Francis, Carol Nachreiner, and Robert, sister-in-law Marlene (Eddie) Hess, many other relatives and friends, and his birds Sammy, Tapangga, and Zoro.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Eddie, brother-in-law, Gene Gruber, grandson Joey Kuban and granddaughter, Ashley Olson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Friday, July 26, 2013, at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave, Madison. A visitation will take place at the church from 10am until the time of service. Burial will be at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Plain, WI.

Grateful thanks to all the staff at U.W. Carbone Cancer Center, Agrace HoscpiceCare and all our loving friends and relatives. God bless you all.

Thanks for all the fun, Dad. We love you.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com.

Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road 608-274-1000

 

Advertisement
  • Marysville Pilchuck school shooting 4

    KOMO

    2 dead in school shooting near Seattle, sources say

    A school shooting has been reported at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, about 35 miles north of Seattle.

  • Craig Spencer

    America's Ebola patients

    An American doctor who was working with Ebola patients in Guinea was been diagnosed with the disease after returning to New York. Learn more about him and America's other Ebola victims.

  • Hot peppers

    Karimala/iStock

    Notable food recalls

    A North Carolina producer of peppers and hot sauces is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of fresh serrano chili peppers because some tested positive for salmonella. Here are other notable food recalls that made headlines.

  • jack-o-lantern Halloween pumpkin

    Juliet James/SXC

    Halloween

    Games, recipes, trick-or-treating, scary movies and everything else you need to make your Halloween extra spooky.

  • Politician, politics, debate, election

    iStock / bns124

    Election Coverage

    Get up-to-date on political stories, Reality Check the latest political ads, learn about the candidates and find election results in our special section.

  • Ebola virus pink

    CDC

    Ebola special coverage

    Get the latest news on the Ebola outbreak and resources to help you learn more about the deadly virus.

Advertisement