Raymond John Hess III (Edwards)

Born: Thu., Mar. 23, 2000
Died: Mon., May 18, 2020



6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., May 28, 2020
Location: Kent Funeral Home (Eagle County)

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Raymond John Hess III, 20, of Eagle County, Colorado since 2002, passed away on May 18, 2020 in Edwards. He was born March 23, 2000 in Monroeville, Pennsylvania to Raymond John Hess, Jr. and Amy Schifano.  Raymond attended and graduated from Red Canyon and Battle Mountain High School and was a line cook at Terra Bistro. He enjoyed cooking, baking, gaming and he loved animals.

Raymond is survived by his father and mother; brother Micheal Schifano; sister Brooke Schifano; grandfather Raymond John Hess, Sr.; grandmother Charlotte Mae Hess; aunts Dinell Olson and Gretchen Hess and cousins Tesha and Chase Olson.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the Kent Funeral Home, 305 McGregor Drive, Gypsum, Colorado 81637.  Masks and social distancing along with a maximum of 10 people gathered together will be required due to COVID-19.  All other services will be private, including burial at Minturn Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted at the funeral home. Personal cards can be sent to Raymond Hess, PO Box 9617, Avon, Colorado 81620.

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Sharon & Larry Schifano
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
Dear Ray,

Unfortunately Larry & I never had the opportunity to get to know RJ. But what we do know is that you provided a life full of love and caring for him and that he shared that love with others.

You, and all family members, have our deepest sympathy in this time of such great sorrow.

Sharon & Larry

Leah, David & August Mayer
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
We have fond memories of RJ. He was a gentle soul and we remember his love for animals was huge. Our sorrow for your loss is tremendous.

Heather and Mark Romanoi
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
Dear Raymond,
I feel deepest sadness for you!!! I want you to know I am your family and I love you and I am here for you if you need anything!
I didn't have the privelage of knowing RJ as an adult but I remember his loving soul as a child. He reminded me of you when you were little. He was alll BOY... ruff and tumble!!!! He was so full of love, wonderment, and energy!!! I have visions of him and his little dog bouncing all over your mom's house. He was so sweet and happy!!! The world will miss him!

Julie Bouchoux
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
Ray & Family,
My heart goes out to you for a boy who left this earth way too soon. I did not know RJ well but my brief encounters showed a lively, handsome & soulful young man who was loved a great deal by his family. ❤️
His spirit will live on.

Nate Free
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
I enjoyed experiencing RJ’s growth over the years: From a young 11 yr old swimming at Catalina Island, to an older 18 yr old at Red Canyon participating in our Leadership Class. He was always kind and seemed to have a gentle soul!

Debby Beard
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
I taught RJ and have so many fond memories. He was so smart I called him a human calculator. He could rattle off the correct answer to any business math problem we had. He worked 2 jobs while going to school and always brought in donuts and a smile--even after a shift. He had a heart of gold. I remember my husband gave him a drive test through the driving school. The charge then was 50$ and my husband said "no charge for you since you are one of my wife's favorites and she owes you for all the help you have given her." 2 hours later, my husband found a fifty dollar bill in the console. That's how he was. Understated and humble. He was a critical thinker and maybe overthought things sometimes. He had a great business sense. One day, we had a guest speaker who was a business owner and CPA. RJ listened intently and had such great, complex questions for her. After class was over she asked: "Who IS that kid? He is so bright!" I am so so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by so many. I will always cherish my times in class with RJ.

Kerry Wallace
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
Dear Ray and Hess Family:

My deepest condolences, love and support to all of you. RJ was always a welcome and warm presence in our home. He always felt like family. It brought a smile to all of our faces whenever he was over. A big teddy bear with a great heart, a smile and kind word. For my Son, Nathan, RJ was his best friend with whom he had a deep connection. RJ will be greatly missed and always remembered and celebrated. God bless all of you.

Gary & Renee Elliott
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
Dear Ray,
I am sorry that we never got to know RJ. You may remember that I met you both in Pittsburgh when RJ was a small boy. I have heard nice things about him through the years and that RJ had a wonderful life and family in Colorado.

Although no words can really ease the loss you bear, we are extending our deepest sympathy to you and the rest of your family.

Gail L Leppla
   Posted Sat May 30, 2020
Dear Ray,
Consider yourself blessed that you had the years with RJ. He will be with you as the sun rises and sets as the wind whispers you will feel His spirit.

I have traveled your path and my heart is with you.

So glad we shared the day at CU Homecoming Football Game.

Love, “Aunt Gail”

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