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Charles Robert Hess

May 20, 1954 - May 02, 2024


Charles Hess (69) passed away with his wife by his side on May 2, 2024. He was born on May 20, 1954, in Sulphur, LA. As a small boy, he moved to Cary, IL, with his family where he grew up. Charles was united in marriage with Mary Hess (nee Nape) on June 4, 1977, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Cary, IL. After high school, he furthered his education by obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management. Professionally, Charles was the Chief of Police in Silver Lake, WI, and later, a private investigator and owner of CMC Investigations for 32 years.
Charles had a passion for music. He started playing the organ for church services when he was a teenager for his father who was the pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. He continued playing the organ for church services in neighboring communities throughout his life. He was an avid Chicago sports fan, especially the Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed going to many of the Sheboygan A’s baseball games, and for several years, Charles was a member of the Sheboygan Liars Club. Charles also enjoyed playing horseshoes and growing plants.
Charles is survived by his wife, Mary; children: Jennifer (Craig) Liermann, Michelle (Chris) Reeves, and Renée (Kyle) Wallschlaeger; grandchildren: Jaden, Connor, and Cameron Liermann; Addison, Rowan, Wyatt, Sawyer, Emerson, and Jensen Wallschlaeger; Evan Reeves; sisters: Dorothea (Mark) Chianakas and Rebecca (Bill) Crossley; and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Amalia Hess, and son, Robert Charles Hess.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 824 Wisconsin Ave., Sheboygan, WI, from 10:00a.m. until 12:00p.m. Church service to follow visitation.
Online condolences may be expressed at


Date: Saturday May 18, 2024
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church [map]

Funeral Service

Date: Saturday May 18, 2024
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church [map]



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Bob Remington

Charles will be greatly missed by his so many friends.

Jon Steckelberg

Deepest condolences from my family and me. I had the honor of being the ring bearer at Charlie and Mary's wedding. he was a great man.

Linda & Rick Bruss

Mary and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Charlie. We will keep you in our PRAYERS in the difficult days ahead. We will miss His Big Smile! GODS BLESSINGS From Rick & Linda Bruss, Part of His St Andrews Family.

Viki (Steuer) Dettmann

Mary- know that Charlie is safe in Jesus’ arms. And I always remember what Pastor has used to say – that when we are morning loved Jesus is sitting right next to us holding us and crying with us. Remembering all the fun choir parties and bible studies. He was truly a good and faithful servant and I am thinking about you and your whole family.

Martha Hernandez

I had the luck of working with Charlie and he ultimately even helped us with a friend’s case. He would always make people feel special. A loving person.

Kathy Torgerson/Gallek

Haven’t seen Charlie in many years, but have so many loving memories of him from high school and later on. “My bosom buddy” love to the Hess family

Terry & Sandra Addison

God now has a terrific soul who can play the organ with vim and vigor. Our hearts go out to all the family. From long time Holy Cross members

Andy and Natalie (Schroeder) Lissy

Visits from Charles with his outgoing and fun personality were one of the best parts of summer in New Orleans. We loved being cousins to him and the entire Hess family. Our deepest sympathy on his passing. John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”

Ruth Ann Isaacs

OMG! This was such a shock to see this. Had he been ill? Please know that I am extending my love and sympathy to all of you. as Charlie rests in God's eternal arms.

Debbie carone

My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you. I remember Pastor relating stories of “Charlie” growing up during confirmation classes, listening to the beautiful hymns he played on the organ…. Rest in peace, I know your mom and dad are glad to have you home. 🙏

Melissa Smith

Oh Charles, you were one in a million! I will miss that smile and you singing happy birthday to me. Love Always, Melissa.

James and Kathleen Haasch

We are deeply saddened at the passing of Charles. He was an excellent human being and good friend. He will be greatly missed.

Theresa Fitzgerald Miller

Dori - I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs for you and your family.

Tammy &Mark Olson

Dori, your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn and also celebrate your brother. You know he is in the best place ever!! God Bless you all .

Courtney & Shane Bowen

Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Hess family. Charles always welcomed his extended Canadian family with open arms, and for that we will cherish our memories of him. Xo