Raymond K. Hess, 78 of Iola, Kansas passed away July 14, 2017 at Moran Manor in Moran, Kansas. Raymond was born in Kansas City, Kansas on August 4, 1938 the son of Raymond & Thelma (Sanders) Hess. Raymond grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated in 1957 from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City.
Raymond started working for A&P Groceries in high school and worked up to management of several A&P stores throughout the Kansas City area until 1977 when he opened his own grocery store, the Garnett Food Mart, in Garnett, Kansas. In 1985, Raymond opened Ray's Mini Mart Convenience Store in Iola, Kansas. He continued working there until January 2017 when his health prevented him from continuing. Raymond always enjoyed seeing his customers, and visiting with them every day. He will always be remembered for his witty sense of humor and for his kind generous nature. He genuinely cared for the members of the community, and made many people feel welcome in the communities he served.
Raymond married Dorothy Nelson on June 20, 1965 in La Harpe, Kansas. Together they made their home in Kansas City, Kansas. To this union were born two children, Michelle and Michael. The family moved to Garnett in 1977, and then to Iola after opening the store there.
Raymond was a member of the Retail Clerk Union in Kansas City, an active member of the Garnett Rotary Club and was a member of the US Army Reserves in Kansas City. He was interested in photography, and operated his own darkroom. He loved spending time with his family and his dogs.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of the home, his two children, Michelle Peres and husband, Michael of La Harpe, and Michael Hess and wife, Beth, of Battle Ground, Indiana; grandchildren, Zachery Peres and wife, Kaci, of Iola, Harper Hess of Battle Ground; great grandchildren, Cadin, Maddilyn, Isabella, and Asher Peres, all of Iola; and numerous nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Betty Knapp, and by granddaughters Alexandrea Marie Peres and Emma Nicole Peres.
His funeral will be 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 19 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Iola. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service in Iola. Burial will follow in the La Harpe Cemetery. Contributions in his memory are suggested to the Alexandrea "Alle" Marie Peres Art Memorial Scholarship. Condolences can be left for the family at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.