Richard K. Hess

Richard K. Hess, age 77, of Quincy passed peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at the Illinois Veteran’s Home. Richard was born in Quincy on February 23, 1946 to Edward & Esther (Kerwin) Hess. He married Linda Bastert on June 19, 1971 in the Quincy College Chapel. They welcomed son Karington on September 30, 1986.

Richard worked as an entrepreneur and alongside his father, Edward, at their family-owned company Hess Investments where he was a stockbroker. He was a dreamer and a visionary who was often ahead of his time.

Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1970 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. During his time in the Navy, he established lifelong friendships with folks from across the nation. They kept in touch throughout the years through visits, phone calls, and hunting trips. Richard was an avid outdoorsman who loved the company of his friends over the hunt itself. He also was a tennis player and while at Quincy College, won the Men’s City Tennis Championship title.

It was often said that Richard never met a stranger. His warm personality, gentle soul, and natural charisma made him a friend to many. Richard was a natural storyteller with a penchant for good natured mischief who was always looking for a good time and was the life of the party! He always had a smile on his face and a thirst for life.

Richard lives on in the hearts of all who knew him and shared in the vibrant tapestry of his life. Many may have lived as long but few lived as well as Richard K. Hess. Long live King Richard!

Survivors include his wife Linda Hess of La Grange, MO; son Karington K. Hess and daughter-in-law Abigail of Roanoke, VA; niece Melissa (Daniels) Challenger, niece Lori (Daniels) Littlejohn, and nephew Justin Daniels, all of Florida; in-laws John (Pat) Bastert, Bob (Friend Sandy) Bastert, Carol (Joe) Kreckler, and Dan (Nancy) Bastert, and many many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews along with countless friends and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Barbara (Hess) Daniels; parents-in-law, Robert & Delores Bastert; sister-in-law, Sharon (Bastert) Mitok; and a cousin Edwin Apenbrink.

A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Dick Brothers Brewery, 929 York Street.

Tally Ho!


  1. Linda LaTour on January 3, 2024 at 10:55 am

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I will always have fond memories of our tennis parties.
    Rich was so much fun.
    Linda LaTour

  2. Duane and Beckie Bean on January 3, 2024 at 11:24 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. We have so many happy memories of time spent with Mr, Mischief! Our thoughts are with you.

  3. Kathy Rose on January 3, 2024 at 12:19 pm

    Linda, I am so very sorry for your loss. Rich was quite a guy and will be missed by many. Keeping you and Karington in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Sheila Stevenson on January 3, 2024 at 6:38 pm

      Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. May God and your memories comfort you and Kerrington. With sympathy, Sheila Stevenson.

  4. Patti and Charlie Palmer on January 4, 2024 at 1:43 pm

    Linda, Karington, and Abby,
    Charlie and I are so sorry to hear about Rich. We have many happy memories of time spent with you two. We are sending strength, love, and sympathy to you all.
    Patti and Charlie Palmer

  5. Becky (Maas) Keck on January 4, 2024 at 4:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Richard was one of a kind.

  6. Janet, Eugene, and Gabe Stuckman on January 7, 2024 at 6:39 pm

    Linda and Karington and family,

    We had every intention of attending the visitation yesterday. However, did not make it. Richard meant a great deal to our son, Gabe. Our prayers and wishes of love, hope and peace are with you all.

    God Bless and keep you always!

  7. Don Benz on March 20, 2024 at 8:26 am

    Dan and Nancy – I am sorry for your loss – I wish you peace

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