Funeral services for Dorothy Hesse, 87 year old long time Buffalo resident who passed away Thursday morning at the Johnson County Health Care Center, will be held Saturday, October 30th at 2:00 p.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Father Cliff Moore officiating. Visitation will be held from the Funeral Home on Friday from 1:00 until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Johnson County Memorial Hospital or the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Dorothy Mae Hesse was born on March 28, 1923, in Sheridan, Wyoming, to Rudolph and Elizabeth Mueller. She lived with her family on the HF Bar Ranch until she was three. Her mother died when she was three, and Dorothy and her sister Mary lived with their maternal grandmother on the Greub Ranch on Piney Creek and attended Kearney School. Dorothy and Mary moved to Buffalo and attended Buffalo schools from her fourth grade year to her sophomore year in high school. Dorothy then moved to Cody and lived with her aunt, Alice Greub Watts for her junior year. She returned to Buffalo for her senior year and graduated from Johnson County High School in 1941. After high school she attended Billings Business College. She completed a Civil Service Exam and took a job with the Department of the Navy in Washington D.C. She was married on October 9, 1943, in East St. Louis to Fred E. Hesse. Fred was in the military, and they lived in various places around the country while Fred received Army Flight Training. When he was sent overseas, Dorothy returned to Sheridan where she worked for The Holly Sugar Co. After the war, Fred and Dorothy moved to Buffalo and raised three daughters. After her children were grown, she enjoyed working in the Clear Creek School as a reading aid. Fred and Dorothy loved to travel in their airplane and motor home. They loved playing golf with their friends and spending time with their family. They also loved spending time at the Nine Mile Ranch and on the Red Fork mountain property. Dorothy and Fred were very active in Wyoming Flying Farmers and other flying organizations. Fred passed away in August of 2009, and Dorothy continued living in Buffalo until the time of her death. She was a member of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
She is survived by three daughters; Margo Mader and her husband Jim, Christy Kessler and her husband Bob and Karen Boggs and her husband Dennis all of Buffalo; seven grandchildren; Tracey Ostheimer, Jennifer Skaggs, Michael Mader, Aaron Kessler, Brian Kessler, Christopher Boggs and Megan Boggs and nine great-grandchildren; Vivianne, and Orion Ostheimer, Nathan and Max Kessler, McKinley, Shannon and Dylan Kessler, Tavia and Skyler Skaggs. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister.