Sgt. Kenneth Dale Hess, 26, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, while serving his country in Iraq. He was a member of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 414th Cavalry, out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Sgt. Hess was born in Asheville and attended A.C. Reynolds High School.
He is survived by his wife, April T. Hess; his son from a previous relationship, Alex Nelson of Bluffton, IN; his mother, Kathy Helton Blackwell and her husband, Dannie, of Marshall; his father, Terry D. Hess and his wife, Robyn, of Asheville; his sister, Tandace H. Taylor and her husband of Fairview; and his paternal grandmother, Clara Hess of Aiken, SC.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Barbara Conner and his paternal grandfather, Dell Hess, Jr.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Eric Reece at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Road, Asheville. Military honors will be provided for the interment at Fore Cemetery on Gorman Bridge Road.
His family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 100 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC 28801.