Charles “Charley” Hessling, 83, of Washington, passed away at 8:04 am Friday, May 31, 2019 at UnityPoint Health Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
He was born Aug. 28, 1935 in Peoria to George and Eva Hibser Hessling. He was a 1953 graduate of Spalding High School. He married Peggy J. Gregory in Peoria on May 26, 1956. She survives.
Also surviving are five children, Cathy (Ed) Mallow, Anita Hessling, Mary (Craig) Cohen, Joe (Jodi) Hessling, Becky Hessling; 10 grandchildren, Sarah (Rob) West, Steve (Brandy) Mallow, Jake (Kelly) Meierhofer, Haley (Ed) Whitaker, Dustin (Kristara) Grebner, Megan Hessling, Jenna (Anthony) Crain, and Taylor, Joe, and Jacob Boeding; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dave (Sue) Hessling; and one sister, Rita Turman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Peggy Meierhofer; five sisters, Theresa, Dory, Marilyn, Sister Bernita, Chris; and one brother, George.
Charley was a United States Army Veteran. He worked as an installer for Western Electric before retiring.
He enjoyed woodworking and was a “jack of all trades”, ready to help anyone in need.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington where a Funeral Mass will be held at 10am Wednesday, June 5, 2019 with Father John Steffen officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Tuesday at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Patrick Catholic Church.