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John Wesley Hessom

December 16, 1934 ~ September 27, 2019 (age 84)

John Wesley "Wes" Hessom III, 84, experienced the miracle of scripture, "absent from the body, present with the Lord" as he passed in peace on Friday, September 27, 2019.  He was born in New Kensington, PA on December 16, 1934, to the late Ernestine (Kline) and Joseph Eugene Hessom.   He was preceded in death by his oldest brother Joseph Hessom and his sister Gloria Hessom Martrano.  Wes was the loving, generous patriarch of his family.  He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carol, who was the love of his life. Beloved father of five children, John, Jeff (Terri) Hessom, Becky (Hans) Murdock, Joe (Susan) and Jason (Nancy) Hessom, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandbabies.  Wes is further survived by his brother, Richard Hessom.  Wes was a graduate of Ken High school where he enjoyed playing football.  He was active in the community and a member of the First Church of God in Brackenridge. Wes served on the Allegheny Township Planning Commission for more than two decades and belonged to the American Legion and Bethel Masonic Lodge 789.  Known for many years as the co-owner of Hessom's restaurant, Wes was also a talented builder and glass cutter. He worked for the American St. Gobain Glass Company until it closed.  He then ran his own construction business and finished his career working alongside his son, Jason, at Valley Glass in New Kensington.  Among Wes' great loves were watching Kiski football, hunting, fishing at the family camp, and mentoring several sons in the building of their family homes. But above all, Wes was known for the sacrificial love he showed to both family and friends. He will be greatly missed.  Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at RJ SLATER IV FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 1000 Freeport Road, New Kensington, 724-335-0100. Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m.   Additional viewing will be Wednesday 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:30 at the funeral home. Burial will be private. Online condolences can be left at

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