2013-05-09 / Obituaries

Charles ‘Chuck’ Hessel, Jr.


Charles ‘Chuck’ Hessel Jr. Charles ‘Chuck’ Hessel Jr. Charles Edward “Chuck” Hessel, Jr., 59, of Hessel, was a retired corrections officer and a longtime coach of youth sports. He loved all sports but his greatest passion was golf. He was a registered PGA professional sponsored by Titleist. He was employed at the Munoscong Golf Course in Pickford as head professional. Mr. Hessel passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Grand Rapids.

He was born to Charles and Mary (nee Smith) Hessel October 7, 1953, in Sault Ste. Marie.

He lived in Hessel, Kalamazoo, Waterford, and Pellston. He was graduated from Pellston High School in 1971. He attended Alpena Community College, where he played basketball and ran track.

Mr. Hessel joined the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. He was a military police officer and served in the color guard.

After his service, he trained in Lansing to become a corrections officer. He went to work in Marquette and later transferred to Kinross Correctional Facility, where he retired as a sergeant.

He assisted his father as a track coach at Pellston, coached Peewee football in Pellston, junior high boys basketball in Cedarville, girls basketball in DeTour, and started DeTour’s golf program. He also coached AAU basketball in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (nee Anible) of Hessel; his sons and their families, Robert Hessel and Stacy Woods of Clearwater, Florida, Charles and Amber Hessel III of Oldsmar, Florida, and Christopher Belevender of Hessel; a daughter and her family, Carly Yaste and Clay Fairchild of Cedarville; grandchildren, Brennan Hessel, Olivia Hessel, Dakota Fairchild, and Nicholas Fairchild; and his mother, Mary Hessel of Hessel; two brothers, Kevin Hessel of Pellston and Joel Hessel of Pellston, and a sister and her family, Amy and Leon Korstjens of Canton.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Hessel.

Services were Saturday, May 4, at Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford. Visitation was from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a memorial service at 1 p.m.

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