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Ronald G. “Hap” Hesson

Ronald G. “Hap” Hesson, age 63, of Caldwell, Ohio, died Friday, November 26, 2021, at his home. He was born November 10, 1958, in Zanesville, son of the late Harry Merrill and Esther A. Schott Hesson. Hap was a 1977 graduate of Shenandoah High School, where he was a standout basketball and baseball player. He was formerly employed by Worl Thompson Motors in the parts department and was an insurance agent for Combined Insurance. He was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and The Ohio State Buckeyes. He loved to walk and enjoyed playing cards. Hap always had a smile on his face.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant sister, Vicky Ann Hesson; two brothers, James M. Hesson and Gary M. “Doc” Hesson; a nephew, Stephen Anthony Hesson; and a brother-in-law, Steve Woodhull.

Surviving are one sister, Kathy J. Woodhull of Berlin Heights; two brothers, Stephen M. Hesson and Thomas D. Hesson, both of Caldwell; his nieces and nephews, Darla Reyes, Donna Hesson, Paula Hesson, Megan Guth, and Jonathan “J.D.” Hesson; four aunts and two uncles; and several cousins.

Friends may call Thursday, December 2, 2021, from 11 a.m – 1 p.m. at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, where the funeral service will follow visitation at 1 p.m. with Pastor George Clark and Ken Perkins officiating. Burial will follow at Halley’s Ridge Cemetery. An online guestbook may be signed at


  1. Mike Carter on November 30, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    I’ll miss you my friend rest in peace Hapster

  2. darla wheeler on December 1, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Tom, Kathy & Steve, My heart goes out to each of you…..Sending you love and prayers as you face the coming days. Hap always had a smile & such a kind heart, He will be missed.

  3. Kathy Woodhull on May 14, 2022 at 10:05 am

    Not only was Hap a great athlete, he was VERY intelligent. But very modest about it.
    Shortly after his high school graduation, Ron (as I always called him) received a very important piece of mail. It was a scholarship offer to play basketball at Indiana U. He turned it down–saying, and I quote, “I already went to school for 12 years, I’m not going back to school again.”
    Miss ya Hap. Sorry you didn’t get a chance to put your garden in.

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