Ruth Marie (Heldt) Hesse was born as she liked to tell it in a barn, in Arthur, to Charles and Ida (Sumpter) Heldt on Feb. 26, 1939. She graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1956.
She was the love of William Richard Hesse's life. They were married on Oct. 19, 1958. They spent the majority of their years together in Battle Creek, and then later in Alta. She was a dedicated wife and mother, a strong and steady friend who lived her life with a positive attitude...hardly ever raising her voice and never speaking an unkind word. She always seemed to find the good in any situation or person. She was a hard worker and she dedicated over 20 years to the Iowa Department of Transportation and a number of years to their own bar and restaurant, the Venture Inn. She also worked at Citizens Bank and Vision Care Associates.
She enjoyed camping, bowling, dancing, trying her luck at the casino, and reading. She was a wonderful cook and many people were lucky enough to taste her famous potato salad as she so enjoyed preparing it for gatherings and reunions. She loved spending time with her family and friends laughing, talking, or playing games. She enjoyed traveling and in the latter part of her life enjoyed being on the computer playing games, instant messaging, and even Facebook.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, David Heldt; and her two sisters, Joan Spotts and Phyllis Clark.
She leaves behind her own legacy of unselfish giving and a true example of understanding and living a life of contentment to her husband, William Hesse; her four children, David Hesse, Dennis (Kelly) Hesse, Daniel Hesse, and Julie ()im) Menke; thirteen grandchildren; soon to be three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Eva Heckens, Alice (Shorty) Carlson, and Jo Ellen Heldt; and many friends.