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Leon William Hesse

December 20, 1933 — July 19, 2020

Waco, Texas

Leon W. Hesse, 86, of Waco, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 19, 2020 after a long hard fought battle with illness. A visitation with his family will be 6 – 8 pm, Friday, July 24, 2020 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. Due to current local guidelines, we will require face coverings.  We encourage you to sign the online register book, or leave a message on the tribute wall

Leon William Hesse was born December 20, 1933 in West, Texas to Willie and Elsa Hesse.  He was a 1952 graduate of Riesel High School.  In 1955 he began working for Texas Power and Light and retired after 29 years.  In the same year, he married the love of his life, Belva Maynard.  The couple shared 65 years together and raised two sons and two daughters.

Leon was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Woodway, and cherished his men’s Sunday School class. He was an avid sports fan, rooting for The Dallas Cowboys, The Texas Rangers, and The Baylor Bears.  His love for playing Dominoes earned him a 2019 induction into the Domino Hall of Fame in Halletsville, Texas.  In early retirement, Leon and Belva enjoyed hunting antiques, traveling, and being with their five grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Sally Hosch; and brother in law, Carroll Maynard.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Belva; children, Karon Hesse, Kim Ferris and significant other Mike Nye, Kyle Hesse, Kirk Hesse; grandchildren, Casey, Blake, Kyla and husband Danny, Ana, Keaton and wife Jessica; one great grandchild on the way; sister, Dorlene Jones; brother and sister in law, Doyle and Stevie Maynard, and 8 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to Providence Home Health Care and Hospice, whom the family gives their heartfelt appreciation for their love and care of Leon.

To send flowers to the family in memory of Leon William Hesse, please visit our flower store.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Grace Gardens Funeral Home

8220 Woodway Drive, Woodway, TX 76712

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